Join Us: on Dec. 6 for "Stop and Frisk and Marijuana Arrests: Policing Communities of Color in Harlem and Beyond"

Harlem is our Home, from Flicker by Jarito by Creative Commons permission.In 2011, More than 684,000 individuals, primarily young African-American and Latino men and women, were stopped under New York City's controversial "Stop and Frisk" policy. Now the Center and key partners will spotlight the devastating consequences of these and related policing tactics in a community justice forum on Thursday, December 6.

  • DATE: Thursday, December 6, 2012
  • TIME: 6:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Faculty Dining Hall, NAC Building, CCNY campus
  • WHO: Free and Open to the Public; reception following.
  • RSVP here now, or by email: cpowellctr [at] ccny.cuny.edu

Join us on Thursday, December 6 to focus attention on the New York City's controversial Stop and Frisk policy and its disproportionate impact on communities of colors. The forum includes a panel discussion featuring:

Harry_Levine_100Harry Levine of Queens College on the consequences of Stop and Frisk, including the problem of marijuana arrests, the legality of Stop and Frisk, and police tactics.  Levine has been at the forefront of scholarship on drugs and alcohol since the late 1970s and has received six distinguished scholarship awards for his work. His research in partnership with the NAACP, ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance, and Latino civil rights groups has documented the major financial costs, damaging consequences, and racial disparities of lowest-level marijuana possession arrests.

jones-brown_100Delores Jones-Brown of John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the current state of Stop and Frisk, legal challenges to the policy, and police reform activities under way in New York City. Jones-Brown is a leading researcher on NYPD’s Stop and Frisk policy and and the founding director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College, where she is also a professor in the Department of Law, Police Science, and Criminal Justice Administration.

Rakim JenkinsRakim Jenkins, a CCNY senior and member of the Black Student Union on current student social-justice work and plans on campus and off. A native of Brooklyn and a Mellon Mays Fellow at City College, Jenkins is pursuing a double major in sociology and Black studies. His goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in sociology with a specialization in urban sociology and the Afro-American predicament.

Lazarre-white_100Khary Lazarre-White, director of The Brotherhood Sister Sol, a Harlem-based youth development and education organization, on innovative practices to address Stop and Frisk, especially through legal education and peer rights training. Lazarre-White has received numerous awards for his work with the Brotherhood Sister/Sol, and was appointed by New York City Mayor Bloomberg to the advisory board of NYC’s Young Men’s Initiative.

Sponsors of the forum are the Office of the President, the Colin Powell Center, the CCNY Division of Social Sciences, and the student organization Leaders Against Systemic Injustice (LASI).

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