PROP is pleased to present the New York City voting community with our 2013 Voter Education Guide. More than one year ago, a group of concerned activists, volunteers, and staffers came together to identify the most important policing and public safety issues in New York City which our constituency believed that candidates for all city-wide offices should address to earn the votes of concerned New York City residents. The result of collaboration, dedication, and help from PROP’s wonderful coalition partners was a set of thirteen substantive questions on topics ranging from surveillance of Muslim communities, to the role of the NYPD in New York schools, to the current practice of stop and frisk.
PROP contacted every candidate’s campaign running for Mayor, City Comptroller, Public Advocate, Manhattan Borough President, Queens Borough President, and Brooklyn Borough President, independent of party and political affiliation. PROP provided each campaign with at least two months to complete the questionnaire, and is committed to continuing to update this Guide if or when additional candidates submit responses. As of August 6, 2013, PROP received responses from all major Democratic candidates for mayor except for Anthony Weiner; from two of the four candidates for Public Advocate, and two of the four candidates for Manhattan Borough President. PROP did not receive responses from any of the candidates for Queens Borough President, Brooklyn Borough President, or for Comptroller, and did not receive responses from the remaining candidates running for Mayor, Public Advocate, and Manhattan Borough President.
PROP is publishing the responses received from all the candidates in their complete form, without editing, altering or censoring anything. Below, you will find a link with PROP’s thirteen questions to all candidates. Our Guide is presented to you organized by office and candidate. Simply click on a candidate’s name to see his or her complete responses.
The Police Reform Organizing Project of the Urban Justice Center is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. As part of their nonpartisan voter education activities, 501(c)(3) organizations can prepare and distribute candidate questionnaires and voter guides to educate the voting public about the candidates’ views on relevant issues. PROP does not endorse any individual candidate or party for any office, and is presenting its Guide because vital civil liberties and criminal justice matters are at stake in this election. It is crucial that New Yorkers go to the polls knowing where the candidates stand on these issues.
If you have questions about the Guide, about the voter education process, or about PROP, please feel free to telephone us at (646) 602-5625. For the original Questionnaire that was sent out, please click here.
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