Post date: Jun 13, 2012 1:36:56 AM
We would like to share with you some information about a “Silent March to End Stop and Frisk” rally to be held on June 17th in New York City. We encourage you to share this information with your members.
NEA is an endorsing organization for the March, which is being organized by Civil Rights, Faith, Labor and Community groups to protest New York City’s “stop and frisk” policies. These policies have resulted in a dramatic increase in street stops of innocent youth and a growing distrust between the police force and the communities they are sworn to protect. In 2011, NYPD officers conducted 685,724 street stops. Nine out of 10 people stopped are totally innocent, meaning they are neither arrested nor ticketed.
The March will take place at 3:00pm on June 17th. Assembly for the March will begin at 1:00pm on 110th Street, west of Fifth Ave. The March will begin at 3 pm and proceed south on Fifth Avenue to 78th Street, passing near the Mayor's mansion on 79th Street. Protesters will march in silence as an illustration of the serious threat that stop and frisk and other forms of racial profiling present to our society.
More information about the March and the Stop and Frisk policies is available at http://www.silentmarchnyc.org/.