Resolution J3145-2013

Commending the Police Reform Organizing Project upon the occasion of hosting its Second Annual Citizen of the City Awards Benefit



  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending the Police Reform Organizing Project
upon the occasion of hosting its  Second  Annual  Citizen  of  the  City
Awards  Benefit,  on June 6, 2013, and paying tribute to its outstanding

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New  York  State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions  and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Police Reform Organizing Project upon the occasion  of  hosting  its
Second  Annual  Citizen of the City Awards Benefit, to be held on Thurs-
day, June 6, 2013, at the historic Riverside Church in Harlem, New York;
  WHEREAS, Sponsored by The Campaign to  End  the  New  Jim  Crow,  this
special  event  salutes  four exemplary individuals for their efforts of
in-depth magnitude; and
  WHEREAS, The Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)  is  a  city-wide
advocacy  and  organizing  coalition comprised of New Yorkers of diverse
ethnicities,  ages,  genders,  sexual  orientations,  and   occupations,
committed  to transforming the culture within the NYPD by advocating for
the creation of policies and practices that are just, ethical, and  free
from bias and discrimination, the establishing of mechanisms that ensure
police  accountability to the community, and the implementation of meas-
ures that not only reduce crime, but strengthen communities; and
  WHEREAS, The Citizen of the City Awards recipients are among New  York
City's  leading social justice advocates working to create a safer, more
livable, and more inclusive city for the benefit of all New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS, Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid has been  the  religious  and
spiritual  leader  of  The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem since
1989; he is also the leader of the Islamic Leadership Council of  Metro-
politan  New  York  and  Vice  President of the Muslim Alliance of North
America; and
  WHEREAS, Chi Adanna Mgbako is an Associate Clinical Professor at Ford-
ham Law School, and a  founding  director  of  the  International  Human
Rights  Clinic  at the Leitner Center for International Human Rights; an
author, she has written on the growth of the sex workers rights movement
in Africa, and is also  co-producing  a  film  on  the  feminization  of
  WHEREAS,  Alex  S.  Vitale  is  an Associate Professor of Sociology at
Brooklyn College where he teaches criminology, the sociology of law  and
political  sociology;  he has written extensively on policing issues for
both professional journals and daily newspapers, and has been quoted  in
numerous media outlets throughout the country; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Pat Bumgardner is the Senior Pastor of the Metropol-
itan  Community  Church of New York, and the Executive Director of MCC's
Global Justice Institute; she is the also the founder of both the Sylvia
Rivera Memorial Food Pantry, and Sylvia's Place,  an  emergency  shelter
and drop-in site for the homeless; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of  this Legislative Body that those who
enhance the well-being and vitality of their community, and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly  have  earned  the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Police Reform Organizing Project upon the occasion of  host-
ing  its  Second  Annual  Citizen of the City Awards Benefit, and to pay
tribute to its outstanding honorees; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  the Police Reform Organizing Project and the aforementioned


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