July 17th Silent March Against Stop-And Frisknew jersey lottery
On Sunday, June 17th the Arab American Association of New York joined over 30,000 New Yorkers to protest the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk policy. Over 300 organizations ranging from labor and civil rights groups, to community and faith organizations gathered in Harlem for a silent march to protest racial profiling and demand an end to Stop-and-Frisk.
The week leading up to the march, AAANY youth held discussions about how the Stop-and-Frisk policy personally impacts their lives, and made posters to carry at the march. On Sunday morning, AAANY brought a busload of people from Bay Ridge to 110th street in Harlem where the march began. About 50 people from AAANY joined the thousands of activists at Malcolm X Boulevard to prepare for the march down 5th Ave.
Our organization marched alongside civil rights groups and community organizations from all five boroughs. High School students carried signs, some marching with their parents and younger siblings. The march was completely silent all along 5th Ave, taking on a similar form as a 1917 NAACP march to protest race riots. Speaking at the march AAANY director, Linda Sarsour said, “We’re here because we will not allow the New York Police Department to spy on our entire community based on our ethnicity and religion. Today we are a ray of beautiful colors from across New York City standing and marching for justice”
The march stretched for blocks along Central Park and Arab and Muslim groups were well represented among the protesters and activists present. Before the march, members of a Pakistani community organization handed out posters to our group that read, “Muslim’s against Stop-and Frisk” After the march, Muslim groups came together and held a Jummah inside Central Park where they prayed for those who had been affected by the Stop-and-Frisk policy. AAANY marched alongside a number of different faith groups and organizations that all came out to express their opposition to the Stop-and Frisk policy.
The current Stop-and-Frisk policy directly affects members of the Arab American community and the June 17th march was a way for AAANY to engage in activism and join with other New Yorkers to demand an end the racist policy.
See Video From The March: Silent March
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-Katherine Kusiak Carey