In a nation as diverse as ours, we cannot afford to let the terror of our past continue to define our future. After 12 years, it's time for our nation to finally rid itself of the burden of racial profiling and pass ERPA.
The sheer volume of stops conducted, the magnitude of the city's investment in these tactics and the intensity of Mayor Bloomberg's commitment to them have, unfortunately, established New York City as a poster child for discriminatory policing.
Ironically, in the same way that trickle-down economics did not correct high levels of unemployment during the 1970s, we see how trickle-down civil rights do not function to expand the rights of the most marginalized.
To stand up to the powerful interests driving our politics, we need to recapture the energy and moral authority of the thousands who marched in 1963 and we also need to harness our own energy to push for freedoms beyond those dreamed of on the Washington Mall 50 years ago.
Bill Bratton used to be New York City's Police Commissioner. Before that he was the best police commissioner that Boston ever had, and after that he became the best police commissioner that Los Angeles has ever had.
Missed Connection (NYC, 2 Train): African American female searching for African American male she met while the NYPD went through her underwear...
A long and bitter fight ended Thursday with the override of the mayoral veto and the passage of the Community Safety Act.
The debate over "stop-and-frisk" police tactics is front and center in New York City and elsewhere in the nation. This policy goes to our very definition of community, leading to a fundamental question: Are these tactics intended to build or bust trust in a community?
At the end of the day, we have to ask ourselves, are we a nation that accepts institutional discrimination, mass gun violence and the murder of innocent children as a way of life, or not?
Mayor Bloomberg and his police commissioner Ray Kelly have defiantly continued to defend "stop-and-frisk" in the press. Let's take a look at some of their biggest myths.
Since when did dissatisfaction with certain aspects of the government indicate one was disloyal to the U.S.? Many Americans oppose government policies, such as Obamacare, TSA regulations, immigration policy, and abortion, but that does not automatically equate them to a high threat.
As a new generation that grew up in the aftermath of the '60s movement, we've worked diligently to make Dr. King's dream a reality. But when jobs and justice are still key issues plaguing society today, we have no choice but to call on everyone to gather once again.
The statement affirms the fundamental principles of the U.S. criminal justice system, such as due process of law and the presumption of legal innocence, and it also recognizes serious deficiencies.
This is New York City. We should be at the forefront of progressive change. But for too long, New York has shirked this responsibility.
Kal Penn once starred in a stoner comedy where he ends up in Guantanamo after a woman on his flight mistakes his bong for a bomb. Now that same Kal Penn has been tweeting his support for New York's stop-and-frisk policy. His tweets have unleashed quite a media storm.
As long as Mayor Bloomberg refuses to delineate between young men of color and "the criminals," he is trading in the same fear mongering used in the not-too-recent past to demonize young Jewish men.