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Webinar Recap: Police Accountability and Racial Justice: Sustaining a Movement


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Webinar Recap: Police Accountability and Racial Justice: Sustaining a Movement

  1. 1. POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY AND RACIAL JUSTICE: SUSTAINING A MOVEMENT EPIP Webinar February 18th, 2015 EPIP Host: Michael Barham Panelists: Joo-Hyun Kang, Jose Lopez, Monifa Bandele
  2. 2. 2 Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of foundation professionals, social entrepreneurs and other change makers who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy.
  3. 3. 3 We provide a platform for our community to: Connect with others Learn & practice leadership skills Inspire emerging, transformative thoughts in the social sector
  4. 4. What’s Next? • EPIP National Conference • May 12th-14th, New Orleans, LA • Call for Sessions deadline: 2/20 • Early-bird registration is open! • Next EPIP Webinar: 3/4, 3pm ET • Feminine Norms and STEM • Riki Wilchins, Executive Director of TrueChild • MC MaL • February: Strategic and Analytical Skills • Hashtag #EPIPLeaders, follow us on Twitter @EPIPNational • All Events •
  5. 5. Join EPIP! If you’re not yet a member, join us! More information on our website at or contact
  6. 6. Agenda & Housekeeping • Historical context, current context and their work • Moderated Q & A followed by questions from the audience • Use the question box for technical difficulties and content questions • We’ll be recording this webinar, visit our website to view • Complete the post-webinar survey!
  7. 7. Panelists • Monifa Bandele, leadership team, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement • Jose Lopez, Lead Organizer, Make the Road New York • Joo-Hyun Kang, Director, Communities United for Police Reform
  8. 8. Police Accountability & Racial Justice: Sustaining A Movement Reflections from NYC for Feb 18, 2015 EPIP Webinar
  9. 9. Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) ▪ Context: Local NYC Historical Background ▪ About CPR: Goals, Strategies, Accomplishments ▪ Floyd federal stop-and-frisk ▪ Other litigation ▪ Priorities, Next Phase
  10. 10. Historical Context for NYC ▪ Mid 1990s Giuliani era and rise of discriminatory “broken-windows” “zero-tolerance” “quality of life” policing + no accountability for killings of young men of color ▪ NYC police accountability history rooted in police brutality - Grassroots leadership, mobilization & families of those killed and brutalized by NYPD ▪ NYPD killings = “tip of iceberg”
  11. 11. “Stop-and-frisk” & discriminatory policing = Civil & Human Rights Crisis In 2011: • 87% Black or Latina/o • 88% no arrests or summons • Weapons found in <2% of stops • More stops of young Black men than young Black men residing in NYC • 685,724 stops
  12. 12. Need for coordination ▪ Coordination of strategies and action ▪ Coordination across sectors ▪ With leadership from directly affected communities ▪ Leveraging political context & opportunities (e.g. 2013 citywide elections)
  13. 13. CPR Campaign Purpose Overall purpose ▪ End discriminatory and abusive policing in NYC (incl stop-and-frisk abuses and broken-windows style policing) ▪ Promote community safety in dignified manner that upholds human & constitutional rights
  14. 14. CPR Campaign Goals By 2018: ▪ Decrease discriminatory & abusive encounters by NYPD ▪ Build capacity of affected communities ▪ Build public & political will to enact & sustain change
  15. 15. CPR Accomplishments since 2012 incl ▪ Changed public discourse ▪ Documented decrease in stops (but stop-and-frisk isn’t over) ▪ Culture change ▪ Secured initial policy reform victories ▪ Building community-based leadership/infrastructure ▪ Coordinated multi-sector strategy
  16. 16. Current National Context: Systemic lack of accountability & devaluing of Black & Brown lives ERIC GARNER MICHAEL BROWN Just since last summer those killed include: John Crawford, Ezell Ford, Tanisha Anderson, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Jessie Hernandez, Antonio Zambrano-Montes and too many more.
  17. 17. Current Context: protest, movement, change ▪ Ferguson ▪ Ferguson, Beavercreek, NYC (After non- indictments in killings of Mike Brown, John Crawford, Eric Garner) ▪ Racial justice & police accountability demands
  18. 18. Current Context: Opportunities National awareness & mass movement building • Connections to workers, immigrants, women, LGBT & other movements • Leadership is abundant, grassroots and everywhere – including youth leadership • Growing public acknowledgement of problem with policing & lack of accountability of police
  19. 19. Challenges include ▪ Organized & well-resourced opposition ▪ False dichotomy of “civil rights” vs. “public safety” ▪ Misperceptions (e.g. in NYC “stop-and-frisk era is over”) ▪ Capacity limitations + few philanthropic resources for police accountability work ▪ Long-term, multi-pronged problem requires committed long-term work/solution
  20. 20. What NYC example helps illustrate ▪ Policing won’t be fixed by decreasing 1 discriminatory tactics ▪ Coordination across sectors is critical; support of grassroots is key ▪ Philanthropic support of coalitions led by grassroots can be successful ▪ Long-term problem requires multi-year vision and strategy
  21. 21. Steps funders can take ▪ Know/learn about the history of the racial justice & police accountability work in your area ▪ Support through racial justice, youth organizing, immigrant rights, LGBT, gender justice and other portfolios ▪ Consider multi-year general support ▪ Help to promote the community organizing work of grassroots organizations led by communities of color