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Stop and Frisk Symposium

Date: 12/05/12
Time: 4.30pm
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: Black Studies department, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department, the Student Association, the Black Student Union, the SUNY New Paltz Amnesty International chapter, and Students for a Sensible Drug Policy.
Location: CSB Auditorium
Contact: Alexandra Cox, (857) 257-3756, coxa@newpaltz.edu

Stop and Frisk Symposium, hosted by the Department of Sociology The New York City Police Department’s controversial ‘stop and frisk’ policy has brought national attention to policing practices which disproportionately affect people of color. The Sociology Department is hosting a symposium in order to discuss the ramifications of this issue for New Paltz students and the community around us. Speakers will include: Gabriel Sayegh, the State Director of Drug Policy Alliance, a national organization devoted to ending the War on Drugs. Chino Hardin, a community organizer from the Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives, based in Brooklyn, who have been active in fighting New York’s stop and frisk laws. Alfredo Carrasquillo, an organizer from VOCAL-NY, a statewide grassroots organization which builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war and mass incarceration to create healthy and just communities. Andrew Kossover, the head of the Ulster County Public Defender’s Office, has also agreed to come to the event to speak about the local implications of stop and frisk. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Studies department, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department, the Student Association, the Black Student Union, the SUNY New Paltz Amnesty International chapter, and Students for a Sensible Drug Policy.