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Stop Mass Incarceration Network Five Borough Action to Blow The Whistle on “Stop-and-Frisk”

Posted 2 years ago on Sept. 12, 2012, 11 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: police, nyc, stop and frisk

Blow the Whistle on Stop and Frisk banner

via the Stop Mass Incarceration Network

WHEN: Thursday September 13 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: 5 borough locations below

New York, NY – On Thursday, September 13, in every borough of New York City, people who have had enough of the illegal NYPD policy of stop-and-frisk will gather at various locations to “Blow the Whistle” in areas heavily targeted by the NYPD. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network says 14,500 whistles have been distributed to communities, with another 6,000 to be given out Thursday.

According to NYPD figures, every day almost 2,000 mostly black and Latino males are stopped by the NYPD, subjected to stop-and-frisk, which the Network calls “unconstitutional, unjust, and racist.”. Organizers say, “In the face of the massive public outcry against stop-and-frisk, the NYPD is doubling down. They are on pace to stop and frisk almost as many people in 2012 as their record in 2011 of 684,000. Now is the time to organize widespread political resistance that can end to stop-and-frisk.”

Carl Dix, co-initiator of the Blow the Whistle to Stop-and-Frisk campaign, said: "On Thursday, September 13, people in NY, Cleveland, L.A., Chicago, San Francisco and other cities will declare their determination to no longer accept this official abuse in silence. We will blow the whistle on what the criminal ‘injustice’ system does to people, and we will look out for each other and have each other's backs. We will carry this spirit of resistance forward from Sept ember 13."

Cornel West, co-initiator of the Blow the Whistle to Stop-and-Frisk campaign, said: “We are blowing the whistle on stop-and-frisk because we love our young people in this city, and especially those who are victimized by this racist and unconstitutional practice, disproportionally black and brown young brothers and sisters, but we love all of them.”

Elaine Brower, a resident of Staten Island who was also arrested protesting this policy says: “It’s time we all stand together with those throughout the city who are being racially profiled by the NYPD. When you see someone being stopped and frisked, blow your whistle to alert the police that their activity is being watched! Blow your whistle to alert others to turn on their cameras and raise their voices! Blow the whistle to stop violations of our rights. If thousands of us participate in calling attention to this illegitimate practice by the NYPD, we will end it.”

3:00 pm Action locations:

Harlem: 125th & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, State Office Building
Brownsville Brooklyn: Rockaway & Livonia
South Bronx: 174th & Manor, Bronx River Projects
Jamaica Queens: Jamaica Avenue & Parsons Blvd.
Staten Island: Stuyvesant Place & Wall Street, Bay Street near SI Ferry

6:00 pm Union Square, south side

The Call to Blow the Whistle on Stop-and-Frisk on September 13th
To those who are tired of seeing police step to our youth with harassment, brutality and even worse; to those outraged because the NYPD stopped and frisked 684,000 people last year alone; to Black and Latino youth tired of knowing that every time you leave your house you might be descended on by cops; to parents who fear that no matter what you tell your kids about surviving an encounter with cops it won’t be enough to keep them safe; to people who know this will never happen to them but also know it’s wrong — join us on September 13th to “Blow the Whistle on Stop & Frisk!”

Stop & Frisk is racist, and it’s no damned good. People have begun to stand up and fight it. In the face of the massive public outcry, the NYPD is doubling down. They are on pace to stop and frisk even more people this year. Now is the time to unleash resistance that can sweep Stop & Frisk away. The racial profiling Stop & Frisk concentrates is a pipeline to mass incarceration and the warehousing of our youth in prison. We don’t have to suffer all this anymore, and we won’t. There is no good reason for Stop & Frisk to remain in effect. It’s illegal and illegitimate. It must be stopped! We are going to stop it, and you must join us in doing that!

Join us in Blowing the Whistle on Stop and Frisk! On September 13th, thousands of people all across NYC will politically confront the cops who are violating people’s rights. We will be blowing whistles to call out these injustices and using cameras to document the criminal actions of the cops. At 6 PM, we will all blow our whistles at once to signal to all those who have been targeted by Stop & Frisk, to all those who have stood up against it and to the cops and officials who enforce it that there are people all over who will no longer be silent. And in cities across the country, people have to act in solidarity: Blowing the Whistle on the way cops target Black and Latino youth, whether they call it Stop & Frisk or not.

On September 13th we will say in a strong, united voice: WE WILL NO LONGER STAND BY SILENTLY WHILE PEOPLE ARE DENIED THEIR RIGHTS. Our actions on that day will drive a nail into the coffin of Stop & Frisk.

Be a part of making this day happen. Get your whistles and get them out to others in your neighborhood, at your school, in your workplace or in your place of worship. Spread the word and organize people you know to be a part of this day. Take to the streets on September 13th and with us declare that the days when the cops can violate people’s rights however they want, when people aren’t inspired and organized to politically resist this kind of injustice are no more.

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[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (4831) 2 years ago

Good Work OWS!

"Zero Tolerance" for Police State Oppression.

[-] 1 points by MaryS (678) 2 years ago

Just watched it DKA. Unbelievable and disgusting. I do appreciate the officer in this interview for exposing the truth.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (22334) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Disgusting practice promoted by fear placed on individuals by their command structure to comply/perform or suffer on the job or lose their job or be abandoned by your department while on the job. What is disgusting as well is these officers not banding together and going on strike to protest such things - worse the cops that seem to love and support the policy ( and they will get the promotions ).

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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

prisoners Per capita (most recent) by country

1 United States: 715 per 100,000 people

2 Russia: 584 per 100,000 people

3 Belarus: 554 per 100,000 people

4 Palau: 523 per 100,000 people

5 Belize: 459 per 100,000 people

6 Suriname: 437 per 100,000 people

7 Dominica: 420 per 100,000 people

8 Ukraine: 416 per 100,000 people

9 Bahamas, The: 410 per 100,000 people

10 South Africa: 402 per 100,000 people

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_pri_per_cap-crime-prisoners-per-capita

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

how much would you like to bet,
on a per prisoner basis,
our prisons are more profitable

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

prison os a government function . it should not be based on profit

[-] 1 points by Renneye (4141) 2 years ago

This is such a great issue to protest! The Military Industrial Prison Complex was featured at length on RT this morning. I know RT is quite anti-American...but at least the topic of the quickly burgeoning albeit shameful US Police State is being shown now...all over the world on MSM.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

March against civil rights violations.! Stop stop-n-frisk NOW

[-] 1 points by localtravesty (5) from Eberswalde, BB 2 years ago

How about really "blowing the whistle" on Stop and Frisk. When stopped by the police without cause, blow a whistle. Community comes together to surround the cops, and "oversee" what they are doing.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

if the community does come out to watch

[-] -1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

I'm strictly Second Amendment, and 100% for the right of all to illegally possess a firearm. Thank you for your support.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Are you a right wing wacko?

[-] -2 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

Hell no, I'm center of the road. But how would you interpret the right to bear arms shall not be infringed? It doesn't say the right to conceal arms and only if you have a permit and only if you're a law abiding citizen; that's not what it says - it says "shall not be infringed."

I mean, get real, do you even know of a single person that owns less than say, a dozen firearms? I've never met this mythical individual.

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

So I have a right to cary a grenade launcher?
Or a fully automatic machine gun?
Come on-
this whole issue has nothing to do with guns or the second amendment
IT IS GUN COMPANY PROFITS

[-] -1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

"Arms" has been constitutionally defined.

It's not about gun company profits, it's about investment profit. "Arms" are a very good investment.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Well I believe the right states "as part of a well organized militia" so unless you are part of that then your weapons are probably not constitutional.

Sorry.

[-] 0 points by freakyfriday (179) 2 years ago

There is no :"AS" a part in the 2nd amendment. Supremes have ruled it's an individual right.

Sorry. Maybe you can ask Obama to be the Constitution czar and then you can redefine it and your misinterpretation will matter.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

No 'as' but certainly militia related. Pres Obama not related, so no need for your anti Obama partisan campaign attack.

Did Pres Obama expand gun freedom by signing the 'concealed weapons on trains' law?

[-] 0 points by freakyfriday (179) 2 years ago

Certainly NOT militia related. Again, when Barry gets re elected (yeah, right) maybe he will make you his BOR czar and you can redefine what our founding fathers meant.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

You mentioned Pres Obama.1st not me.

[-] 0 points by freakyfriday (179) 2 years ago

Yeah, and your pont? You've been such a cheerleadrer here for him that ought to make you the czar of SOMETHING, if God forbid, he gets re electe4d.

[-] -1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Conservative policies are at the center of all our problems.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

Capitalist consumerism is the enemy.

Totalitarian and bankster corruption included.

You seem to be off on a tangent, buddy.

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

In your opinion.

It is conservative policy that embraces the excessives of capitalist dogma.

That ain't notangent. That is the way it is.

Progressive solutions are leftists, and embrace socialist concepts! As such the capitalist conservative banksters are the ones squealing against OWS progressive solutions.

Understand?

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 2 years ago

Oh, I get your point.

I just don't think there's any future in clearly divisive attitudes to left and right.

These are tools of the oligarchs, just as effective as the pro-life and gay marriage "debates" that are reignited every election cycle.

[-] 2 points by freakyfriday (179) 2 years ago

Precisely. Keep the masses fired up about right/left. It's a great distraction

[-] 0 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Nah. Right and left are just words that we use to describe the political spectrum.

We have not rescinded the political spectrum yet. From the time of the cave man we had 2 trains of thought.: help our fellow tribespeople. (Progressive/left "we're in this together") OR Banish the wounded tribespeople (conservative/right "you're on your own")

Don't believe people who try to convince you the parties are the same, or that there is no such thing as right/left.

The political spectrum has existed forever, and will exist forever.

[-] -1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

Yea, good luck with that one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvkLaa9bogU&feature=relmfu

The right to keep and bear arms WILL NOT be infringed.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

What about insane people? should we infringe their right to bear arms?.

[-] -1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

Can't do it. At least not in a world of social justice, perfect equability, etc. It would be far too prejudicial. Can't do it, no, sorry.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Wow. I gotta disagree. The right does not extend to insane people.

How about violent felons who have served their time in jail.? Can weinfring they're right to bear arms?

[-] -1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

Well, yea, I thought we covered that already - it says, "shall not be infringed."

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

nope. gotta keep guns out of the hands of violent felons.

Wife beaters? no guns.

Alcoholics, drug addicts? Noooo guns for you.!!!

Racist tendencies? no guns goddamn it!!!

Too right wing wacko? no fuckin guns!!

[-] -1 points by yobstreet (-575) 2 years ago

What about Ted Nugent, can he have a gun?

What about the Rev Wright, can he have a gun?

What about... Obama, can he have a gun?