Our voices were heard on #BlackLivesMatter
Friday, December 19, 2014 by Michelle0 Responses

Thanks to everyone for signing our #BlackLivesMatter petition to Gov. Cuomo to allow a special prosecutor to investigate police killings.

Last Friday, December 12th, an interfaith group of over 200 clergy, council members, leaders, and community members gathered on the steps of NY City Hall to call for real reforms for the systemic problem of police misconduct within the NYPD.

Our petition to Governor Cuomo was presented at the rally, and we are continuing to make sure that your voice is heard in all our work across the city with public officials.

Click here for photos and media coverage of the rally on Facebook.

The rally began with powerful words of support from Public Advocate Letitia James, Senator Bill Perkins, and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez.

Whether it was the story of a local leader who was assaulted by police in front of his congregation for helping a fellow congregant who was being harassed by police for selling religious artifacts after service, or a pastor who recalled the time his church van full of youth was pulled over and searched, leaving his youth in fear, each story reflected why the police systems we have in place need to change immediately.

Speakers also presented policy asks for fixing the system and improving community/police relations, which includes the appointment of a special prosecutor by Governor Andrew Cuomo to investigate cases of police misconduct.

The gathering at NY City Hall ended with candlelight prayer from respective faith traditions.

The rally transitioned into a silent Jericho Walk. With arms raised and hands lifted, marchers walked seven times around 1 Police Plaza in prayer for God to intercede and break down the walls of injustice within our police department, and among law enforcement across the nation. The march ended and the silence was broken with prayer, shouts of praise, and songs of victory.

The media took note -- check out these clips from CBS Local and ABC 7.

We know we’ve got a lot of work to do to reform police practices in New York and around the nation. Please join us -- come to an organizing meeting, get trained, and become a part of the movement. For more information, visit us at www.faithinnewyork.org, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Onleilove Alston
Interim Executive Director
Faith in NY

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