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Stop and Frisk Trial Verdict!

Judge Scheindlin has handed down a decision in the Floyd vs. the City of New York that put the practice of Stop and Frisk on trial on August 12. She found the NYPD stop-and-frisk policy violated the constitutional rights of many New Yorkers.

In a blistering decision issued on Monday, the judge, Shira A. Scheindlin, found that the Police Department had “adopted a policy of indirect racial profiling” that targeted young minority men for stops. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the city would appeal the ruling, angrily accusing the judge of deliberately not giving the city “a fair trial.

The mayor cited the benefits of stop-and-frisk, crediting the tactic for making the city safer and for ridding the streets of thousands of illegal guns.

But in her ruling, Judge Scheindlin found that in doing so, the police systematically stopped innocent people in the street without any objective reason to suspect them of wrongdoing”.
-New York Times

To learn more, check out other articles on the decision

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NPR

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Justice for Trayvon Martin!

On Saturday, July 13, 2013, a jury in Sanford, Florida, found George Zimmerman not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin.
In addition to thousands of New Yorkers who gathered around the city to express outrage, Brooklynites gathered in Prospect Heights.
This appalling situation demands response on many levels.
As a start, please sign the NAACP’s petition to the Department of Justice, asking the Department to file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
Get background information on the case and the issues involved by checking out Democracy Now (July 15, 2013) and archived programs.

JAN. 21, MON: One Million Moms For Gun Control March and Rally

One Million Moms For Gun Control’s NYC-area chapters are holding a rally on Martin Luther King Jr./Inauguration Day, Jan. 21st.

Meet at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn at 9:15 am and walk over the Brooklyn Bridge at 9:35 am. Then there will be a rally at City Hall in Manhattan at 10:30 am.

Inspired by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence and vision of a better future for our children, we ask you to join us as we show our local, state and federal leaders that we are demanding immediate, meaningful action on common-sense gun control legislation.

Speakers include: Rabbi Joshua Davidson of Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester; New York City Councilmember Letitia James; Jackie Rowe-Adams, founder of Harlem Mothers SAVE (Stop Another Violent End); and Shannon Watts, founder of One Million Moms For Gun Control.

This is a family-friendly event, and we encourage all supporters of gun control to attend – not just moms! Check out the event on Facebook.
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MLK, Jr. Day Candlelight Vigil For Peace

Commit to Light the Dream! Monday, Jan. 21st, 2013, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7420 4th Ave. (75th and 4th) Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. light the dream of an equitable, peaceful world. We shall overcome! Dr. King said, “A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look…and say: ‘This is not just.'” Sponsored by Peace Action Bay Ridge Interfaith Peace Coalition. bayridgepeaceaction@yahoo.com, www.panys.org/BR, 718-680-2981. Gun control will be addressed.

Response to the Newtown Elementary School Massacre

As Michael Moore says in his response (michaelmoore.com), “I’m convinced the majority of Americans will now back strong gun control laws. And a better mental health care system. And perhaps a few are willing to look at the deeper issue of how this country officially sanctions violence as a means to an end.”

Rosemary Pace of nypaxcristi.org echoes that last sentiment about America’s culture of violence in her current letter to the editor. Jackie Hilly of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV.org) offers a petition and steps for demanding gun control. New Yorkers Against Gun Violence began in Brooklyn as a response to a shooting of a beloved teacher in Prospect Park. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the NY Daily News, CREDO (credoaction.com), Glenn Tepper (gtepper@bestweb.net) all have concrete ideas and petitions for what can be done, both immediately and for the long term.

There is no excuse for doing nothing. Stand with Brooklyn For Peace and the victims of gun violence NOW!

Petition for Police Reform

To sign the petition to call for police reform, an end to discriminatory stop and frisk, and other important actions, go to policereformorganizingproject.org. Thank you.

 
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