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Why We're Marching: 43 Reasons PTH Members are Fighting for COMMUNITY SAFETY NOW.
On September 27th, Picture the Homeless will join its partners in Communities united for Police Reform in a rally and day of lobbying around the Community Safety Act - a groundbreaking piece of legislation that will protect New York communities from discriminatory policing and unlawful searches - among other things.
To help convince you, we've gathered 43 reasons why members of the Civil Rights Campaign at Picture the Homeless will be participating in the rally. The following perspectives come from Althea York, Mary Hall, Steve Wavra, Kalaif Swann, Raphael Agbune, Marcus Moore, Felipe Martinez, Richie Dorazio, Alethea Smalls, Duwon Bryant, Martin Gonalez, Jean Rice, Raul Rodriguez, and a couple anonymous folks.
I'M MARCHING FOR POLICE REFORM ON SEPTEMBER 27TH...
1. because stop & frisk is done mostly to Blacks/Latinos.”
2. because guns are still all over the place.“
3. because the police have to be more in touch with communities.”
4. because it's important. No one can push you. They can't bully people. After all, our taxes pay them.”
5. because the police target the poor and homeless.”
6. because the NYPD are like out of control cowboys in NYC, doing whatever they will.”
7. for a "Freedom Future"!
8. because I am somebody. Everybody is somebody. So I fight for justice. “
9. because I have been to jail, and there is no help, no work, no housing.”
10. because the police don't respect people. So we have to help them learn respect for all people.”
11. because the rights of citizens need to be respected without any harassment. “
12. because it's considered a racial profile, brutality, and civil rights violation if individuals are targeted without any reason.”
13. because the civil rights struggle has been a continuous process. After some redress was made in the 1960's, racial abuse has a new face - police profiling.”
14. because injustice against minorities is on the rise because of wrong policing.”
15. because I hate the injustice that's going in my community and around the country with police brutality now.”
16. because we need to reform the police to serve all people fairly.”
17. because I'm tired of my rights & the rights of others getting constantly scrutinized & stereotyped on the streets.”
18. because the NYPD is on a war path with youth - Hispanics and Blacks especially for their easy quotas. Being that we are the main targets of getting harassed. I'm tired of being a red bulls-eye!”
19. because someone has to watch over us because we are not being heard! NYPD & City Hall don't give a shit about us.”
20. because NYPD policy is unjust for stop and frisk.”
21. because it targets Blacks, Latinos, and homeless people for no just reason.”
22. because 3 months ago I had been stopped by NYPD for no just cause. I was a victim. “
23. because bystanders have been killed or wounded with police shootings.”
24. because new officers need to be trained correctly. What happened to "protect and serve"?
25. because I am a victim of police/systemic abuse.”
26. to stop the systematic annihilation of people of color.”
27. because officers should be held personally accountable, as should the hierarchy that allows the continuation of the abuse.”
28. to shine a light on the Constitution.”
29. to interact with others in the movement, and base-build with a common interest.”
30. because racial profiling by the NYPD is out of control!”
31. because this shit has gotta stop!”
32. because a lot of cops are thugs!”
33. because I don't feel safe when I see blue & white!”
34. because they fucked wit da wrong Marine!”
35. because of my kids. I want them to enjoy all their civil rights, and to live free, healthy, and safe.”
36. because of my safety. Police brutality is becoming constant towards minorities.”
37. because currently, the NYPD practices constitutional law south of Central Park, and martial law north of Central Park! Selective enforcement violates the 14th Amendment.”
38. because the NYPD needs to be reminded that they enforce existing laws; they do not legislate them.”
39. because the NYPD needs to be held accountable.”
40. to fight police brutality.”
41. to make the NYPD accountable for their negative actions.”
42. to stop the harassment of the homeless by the NYPD."
43. to assist in ending mass incarceration.”