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Rally for The Right To Know: NYC Democratic Socialists of America demand NYPD accountability

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New York, NY – On August 24, 2017 in front of the Council offices at 250 Broadway in Lower Manhattan, NYC Democratic Socialists of America and their allies ralled for The Right to Know Act and to demand NYPD accountability. The Right to Know Act is ONE co-sponsor away from a veto proof majority in the City Council. Democrats under the leadership of Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito, refuse to bring this essential piece of police reform up for a vote. 

The New York City Democratic Socialists of America announced over 1,000 petition signatures to the City Council in support of the Right to Know Act. The legislative package is supported by a majority of New York City Council members and hundreds of organizations from across the city, yet has still not been passed by the city’s legislature. The 2 pieces of common-sense legislation would advance accountability and transparency within thy NYPD to protect civilians’ rights.

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With all 51 City Council seats up for election, the act provides an easy line in the sand for voters to see where their Council Members stand in the fight to protect New Yorkers’ rights. NYC DSA has been collecting signatures primarily in the districts of Council Members Alan Maisel and Costa Constantinides, who have yet to endorse the act despite enthusiastic support for it by their constituents.

“The signatures we’ve collected show that their voters want these simple protections.” said Canarsie resident Caress Villegas-Hickson. “At the end of the day, it’s a question of what they care about. So far it hasn’t been us.”

In addition to support from a majority of City Council members and hundreds of community groups, the act’s policies were endorsed as best-practices by President Obama’s law-enforcement led White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The current administration’s use of executive action and rhetoric to enable abusive policing that targets people of color makes local action more important than ever.  Yet the delays in City Council action are leaving New Yorkers without protection and vulnerable to police abuses that can be prevented by the Right to Know Act.

Bianca Cunningham, one of the group’s leaders, noted “vigils and protests aren’t enough. We need to change the law – and we need to do it now.”

#2017 #ACAB #Activism #DemocraticSocialist #DSA #EndBrokenWindows #‎EndPoliceBrutality‬ #EndPoliceTerror #FTP #JailKillerCops #MayorDeBlasio #MelissaMarkViverito #NewYork #‎NoJusticeNoPeace #NoRacistPolice #NYC #NYCityCouncil #NYPD #PoliceAccountability #ProsecuteNYPD #racism #RightToKnowAct #SafetyBeyondPolicing 

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