Today, LICET was proud to stand alongside our allies from Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, NYCLU, LatinoJustice, SEPA Mujer, and STRONG Youth to announce a new coalition dedicated to ending discriminatory policing and promoting justice in our region: Long Island United for Police Reform.
Long Island is suffering from increasingly confrontational and unchecked police practices that unfairly target low-income communities of color, young people, homeless people, LGBT people, people with disabilities, immigrants, and women.
These policies make us ALL less safe by creating an atmosphere of fear of the police, instead of trust. These policies are an outrage, violating our fundamental rights and even the most basic fairness of our region. This is not an acceptable approach to public safety on Long Island.
Long Island United for Police Reform (LIPR) is an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices on Long Island. We are a movement of community members, lawyers, researchers, and activists working for change.
Members share a commitment to building power and leadership in communities directly affected by discriminatory policing and police violence. We are organizing for reforms that will promote community safety while ensuring that police protect and serve all Long Islanders. We will be on the streets, in the courts, and on the steps of village halls to educate people about their rights and demand change – until these policies end.
Click through to see coverage of our official launch covered on News12, Newsday, Univision, Noticia, and WCBS. We're just getting this thing started – stay tuned this fall for more on the results of our research and the first coalition-building meetings.