August 25, 2020
August 21, 2020
Information about the Civilian Review Board
- A one-page summary of the CRB legislation and a set of Frequently Asked Questions are attached.
- The formal legislation in its entirety is given on pages 6--11 of the Common Council's 8/24 agenda, which you can download.
Share Your Story: If it's within your emotional bounds, I urge you and anyone you know to share stories of witnessed or experienced mistreatment by the police department and how that was handled. For anyone who lives in fear of going through such things, I hope you'll express your heartfelt concerns. For others, I urge a bit of diplomacy. The CRB is not designed to be an enemy of the police department, but instead an ally in building a better, safer, and more just community. Keep in mind that your stories and comments will need to be shared at both the 8/24 and 9/21 meetings.
Thank you: A very sincere thanks to everyone who has spoken up during the drafting of this legislation. I'm grateful for everyone's ideas and continued support.
August 13, 2020
August 6, 2020
GUEST: Christian Perenti, author of "Radical Hamilton," and Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College CUNY, talks about his latest article, "The Surprising Geography of Police Killings" and how race and region determine who gets murdered by the men in blue.
Activist Radio is broadcast: Thursdays 5-6 pm from WVKR 91.3 FM at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY; Sundays 4-5 pm from WIOF 104.1 FM in Woodstock, NY; and Sundays 5-6 pm from the Progressive Radio Network at PRN.FM. It will also be posted on the ClassWars website for the next ten weeks. Simply click on the date to hear it.
Community Voices Heard is sponsoring a Black August Defund the Police Teach-in on August 11 at 6:30 PM in cyberspace. From the CVH announcement:
The event will be led by Anthonine Pierre, Deputy Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center.To attend, submit your identifying information at the event announcement.
As we celebrate Black resistance throughout the month of August, join us to learn about the growing movement to defund the police. We will discuss how we can reimagine community safety by investing in infrastructure and services for Black and Latinx communities - including housing, education, health care, and more.
August 4, 2020
Public comment will be accepted until 4:30 PM on August 6. The committee meeting will be livestreamed, recorded, and transcribed. For links to submit comments and/or view the livestream, see the public notice.