As a young black woman living in New York, I have witnessed and experienced the problems within the police justice system first hand. One day when I was in middle school, I gave someone I knew a hug. Two seconds later, a male officer proceeded to check my coat and my hoodie to see if
I grew up in East New York, Brooklyn. In the early 2000s, safety from street violence and police violence seemed too much to ask for. As the most dangerous place to live in Brooklyn, some members of my community opted to join gangs for protection. This included protection from the largest gang in America, the
Organizers and vendors in Sunset Park’s Plaza Tonatiuh have experienced increasing harassment from NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol. So they fought back with solidarity and community power. If you’ve ever had the chance to walk through Brooklyn’s Sunset Park on a Sunday, you might’ve had the pleasure of running into Plaza Tonatiuh, a space inside the
As Summer Heats Up, The NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol Targets Vendors And Artists Trying To Make A Living The vibrant culture and jovial atmosphere of New York City’s parks are once again under attack from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. NYC’s parks have long been a site of class struggle. From
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Last week, news about New York City’s supposed return to Broken Windows policing – perhaps the most consequential mantra in modern policing – dominated the headlines. Mayor Eric Adams and his police commissioner announced a new quality-of-life crackdown in some neighborhoods to focus on offenses like public urination, dice games and marijiuana sales. News of the policing
You’ve probably heard many times that police don’t “make” the laws, they only “enforce” them. People, especially the cops themselves, even refer to police with the mendacious euphemism “law enforcement.” However, this, like almost everything cops claim about their job, is a lie. Aside from pushing for policies (like Broken Windows policing) that give themselves