On Thursday, September 27th, CAAAV joined hundreds of others outside of City Hall in the Rally for NYPD Accountability and Community Safety! CAAAV is a part of the Communities united for Police Reform (CPR) campaign, which is composed of over 50 member and supporter organizations working to end discriminatory policing practices in New York City. The rally called for the passage of the Community Safety Act, which would ban discriminatory policing, protect community members from unlawful searches, require police officers to ID themselves, and create an Inspector General’s office for NYPD oversight. For more information on the four bills that form the Community Safety Act, click here.
Following the rally, we met with the offices of Councilmembers Margaret Chin and Jessica Lappin. Councilmembers Chin and Lappin are both co-sponsoring all four of the bills, so we thanked them for their support! As the representative of Chinatown in the City Council, Councilmember Chin is interested in the video that CAAAV’s Asian Youth in Action (AYA) is producing about the impact of policing on Chinatown community members, and would like to hear more about her constituents’ experiences on the issue!
As a part of the Communities united for Police Reform campaign and the People’s Justice coalition, Asian Youth in Action (AYA) is conducting Know Your Rights trainings concerning police encounters. If you are interested in having AYA conduct a Know Your Rights training at your school or organization, contact Vivian at firstname.lastname@example.org.