This Sunday, June 17, protesters will be engaged in a “silent march” to protest New York City’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy, which has created a racial profiling atmosphere and a steady influx of fines and imprisonment for marijuana possession.
The silent march comes shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that he would like New York state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana to curb the frequency of stop and frisk arrests. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has backed Gov. Cuomo’s initiative, just as opposition to the stop and frisk has hit a critical mass with the federal government agreeing to review the policy. It also follows a recently-released Android app created by NYCLU, “Stop and Frisk Watch,” that allows smartphone users to record and monitor stop and frisk situations.
The silent march, which is being supported by Occupy Wall Street, is being billed as “End Stop and Frisk: Silent March Against Racial Profiling,” and it will take place on 110th street between 5th Avenue and Lenox.
Head over SilentMarchNYC.tumblr.com to hear the voices of those subjected to NYC’s Stop and Frisk policy.