Posts Tagged ‘NYPD Stop and Frisk’

An Open Letter to America about the Central Park Five

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

This was published several months ago in Indiewire by Josh Raiske but I just came across it and thought it needs to see more light of day.

It’s in my nature to overanalyze and to equivocate, and to make light of the things that are most important to me, but sometimes even those who can close off their emotions with seemingly little effort come up against a force that moves us in strange and powerful ways.

I saw The Central Park Five at the closing night of DOC NYC last night, and at the end, when the five men who’d been wrongfully convicted came up onto the stage, together in one place for the first time since that night in Central Park on April 19, 1989, I was choking back tears, and maybe all my perspective (too much fucking perspective) has gone out the window, but I think this is one of the most important films I’ve ever seen.

Full blog article here.



NYPD Commissioner Wins “2011 Bull Connor Award”

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Bull Connor Theophilus Eugene “Bull” Connor (July 11, 1897 – March 10, 1973) was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the city of Birmingham, Alabama, during the American Civil Rights Movement. Connor directed the use of fire hoses, and police attack dogs against peaceful demonstrators, including children during the Civil Rights era. Read more here.

Check out the WORD’s Michael Hensley’s story on NYPD’s Stop and Frisk taking place in primarily Big Apple Communities of Color.