LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY CAMPAIGN
In August 2011, investigative reports from the Associated Press confirmed long-standing suspicions that the New York Police Department was participating in wholesale surveillance of Arabs and Muslims in the NY and across the Northeast. NYPD undercover officers infiltrated mosques, bookstores, cafes, restaurants and student associations on college campuses, creating dossiers of entire communities void of any criminal suspicion. The most recent set of leaked documents released in August 2013 reveals that not only were mosques subjected to "terrorism enterprise investigations," confidential informants made attempts to infiltrate the board of directors at the AAANY.
As the NYPD engages in unwarranted surveillance of Muslim communities, police continued to target communities of color with tactics including stop and frisk. AAANY's campaign seeks to increase transparency and accountability within the NYPD and end discriminatory policing practices impacting people of color and religious minorities.
HERE'S HOW WE WORK TO CHANGE THE NYPD:
- BUILD POWER
We organize with the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition to build base of community members to end unwarranted NYPD surveillance.
- BUILD COALITIONS
Concerns around wholesale spying of Muslim communities align with communities of color victim to the NYPD's stop and frisk policy. As a member of Communities United for Police Reform, we work to connect the dots between all forms of discriminatory policing. Cross community organizing strengthens the movement around national security reform and civil liberties.
- CHANGE POLICY
As a leading MACLC member, AAANY played a critical role passing the Community Safety Act, ushering an Inspector General to oversee the NYPD and an enforceable ban on profiling. As our legislative strategy enter its next phase. AAANY will be active in the process of implementing the Inspector General Bill of the CSA in 2014, when the new law goes into effect.
- ENFORCE THE LAW
There are currently three federal lawsuits challenging the NYPD's discriminatory policy of wholesale spying: Handschu v Special Services Division, Raza v City of NY, and Hassan v City of NY.