What: March with the Sikh Coalition in the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk
When: Sunday, June 17th at 2:30pm (march begins at 3pm)
Where: 110th Street and 5th Avenue, under the Sikh Coalition banner
This Sunday, June 17th, the Sikh Coalition will join Civil Rights, Faith, Labor, and Community groups, in a silent march to call an end to the NYPD’s illegal practice of “Stop and Frisk”. The Sikh Coalition strongly believes that this practice of singling out people of color, particularly young men from African American and Latino communities, has vital implications for the safety and freedom of all communities in New York City.
While we recognize the need to stop crime, we firmly believe that profiling distracts law enforcement from focusing on criminal behaviors and encourages them to instead focus on external appearances, which is an ineffective strategy to prevent crime. Stops are illegal without reasonable suspicion of a crime and yet in 2011, 88% of those stopped were not arrested or ticketed. African American and Latino communities are experiencing profiling in New York City at an alarming rate. While they only comprise just over half of New York City’s total population, they endure over 85% of police stops.
In the post 9/11 era, Sikhs know all too well the consequences of racial profiling. We have felt the violence of profiling at airports; it is humiliating. It is a violation of our civil rights and it severely undermines our liberty and our safety.
As Sikhs, we have an obligation to stand for the human rights of all people. It is important that we uphold this sacred commitment as African American and Latino communities endure the type of unfair scrutiny that leads to hate crimes, workplace discrimination, school bullying, and profiling.
Please join us on Sunday, June 17th to call an end to NYC’s Stop and Frisk policy! Let’s stand together to show that New Yorkers refuse to let young people be victimized by racial profiling.