Discriminatory and abusive policing tactics deployed by the NYPD have become a national scandal. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, police have logged more than 5 million street stops of mostly Black and Latino residents, very few of whom are ever charged with actual wrongdoing. Our community members are being targeted by the NYPD largely based on the color of our skin. And some of these unjust stops escalate to violence and injuries, or — in some tragic instances — death.
Each of us can do our part to deter police misconduct and violence across the five boroughs. That's why ColorOfChange and our community partners have launched Cop Watch NYC — an innovative new tool that makes it easier to track and publicize police encounters in our neighborhoods. If enough New Yorkers routinely exercise our right to film the police, officers will think twice before engaging in discriminatory and abusive tactics.More »
Only a week after the New York Police Department lodged their 5 millionth stop and frisk, a monumental class-action lawsuit against the NYPD's official Stop and Frisk program will be heard in Federal Court. For months, ColorOfChange members have demanded an end to the discriminatory policing tactic, which targets Black and Brown youth and subjects them to deeply humiliating, and unwarranted stops.
Starting next Monday, the people of New York will have their day in court. The Stop and Frisk class-action suit, Floyd V. City of New York, is brought by our partners at the Center for Constitutional Rights and argues that the program violates the constitution through racial profiling and suspicion-less stops. Now, the millions of New Yorker's impacted by Stop and Frisk will see their unjust experiences directly challenged and the NYPD will finally have to account for it's racially-biased policing tactics.
On this historic day, we need you there to support and ensure that we are heard. Join ColorOfChange and our partners in packing the courtroom and RSVP to let us know you are coming!
WHEN: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 10:00 am
WHERE: U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY, 500 Pearl Street, Courtroom 15C, New York, NY 10007More »
In his final State of the City address last Thursday, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that beginning in March, most people arrested in NYC for possessing small amounts of marijuana will be released and ordered to return to court, rather than being held overnight. That's good news for the more than 600,000 mostly Black and Brown people that have been arrested for marijuana possession during the last 15 years in New York City. Bloomberg also indicated support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed law to make small possessions of marijuana a violation rather than a misdemeanor.
The Mayor was right to institute this stop-gap measure, but it shouldn't distract from the real remedy to racially-biased marijuana currently waiting for a vote in the State Legislature. ColorOfChange members and our allies have been fighting for a deeper resolution. Please join us in calling on New York state legislators to end discriminatory and illegal marijuana arrests.More »
UPDATE: (06/19/2012) State lawmakers fail to reach an agreement on unlawful, racially-biased marijuana arrests this legislative session.
Today, ColorOfChange Executive Director Rashad Robinson had an op-ed in the Huffington Post calling on state lawmakers to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana and end the racially biased and unlawful marijuana arrests that destroy lives and communities.
The op-ed comes in the wake of the New York City Council's vote last week to pass a resolution demanding the same thing of state legislators -- that they make the violation similar to a traffic ticket that would not lead to an arrest. Here's an excerpt from the op-ed:More »
Black and Latino New Yorkers experience a different New York from that experienced by their White counterparts. By supporting legislation that's now backed by Gov. Cuomo and a bipartisan coalition, lawmakers in Albany can keep young people of color from being saddled with criminal records that can exclude them from school, work and other important opportunities.
Check out a moving video on this topic above, and read the email we sent to our members after the jump. Please join the campaign here.More »
Tuesday's New York Times highlights the launch of New York City's Communities United for Police Reform, a campaign that seeks to "build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect– not discriminatory targeting and harassment." The Times article points to the problem:
The Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisks has increased significantly under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Figures released last week showed that police officers stopped and questioned people 684,330 times in 2011, a 14 percent increase over 2010 and a roughly 600 percent increase from a decade ago. As in previous years, the vast majority of those stopped — 87 percent — were Black or Latino.More »
When Stephen Anderson testified in early October that planting drugs on people had become regular practice in the New York Police Department, the news validated what many NYC residents and victims of abusive police practices have long known. When officers face pressure to increase arrests, communities -- especially communities of color and low-income communities -- suffer. As ColorofChange celebrates a campaign victory in the fight to end discrinatory marijuana arrests in NYC, Anderson's story reminds us just how entrenched corruption is in our criminal justice system.More »