The Silent March to End Stop and Frisk
Sunday, June 17th – march begins at 3 pm
Join Civil Rights, Faith, Labor and Community groups in a silent march against NYC’s “Stop and Frisk” Policy! On Father’s Day, let’s stand together to show that New Yorkers refuse to let our children be victimized by racial profiling.
- Enter the assembly area from the west or from the north, NOT from the east!
- You can begin gathering as early as 1pm, but remember – the march starts at 3 pm!
- Closest subway stops: Cathedral Parkway (110 St) on the B and C trains, Central Park North (110 St.) on the 2 and 3 trains.
- Please check subway schedules for any changes.
- Contingents are being assigned locations within the assembly area. Please check back here in a few days for details.
- The march begins at 110th St. and Fifth Ave.
- We will march south on Fifth Ave. to 78th Street.
- Mayor Bloomberg’s mansion is on 79th St., just east of Fifth Ave.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Put on sun screen and/or wear a hat, especially if it is a sunny day.
- Carry a bottle of water.
- Posters, signs, banners – but remember that you cannot use wooden or metal sticks!
- Do not bring any noise makers or musical instruments!
In contrast to previous demonstrations, we will march in silence as an illustration of both the tragedy and serious threat that stop and frisk and other forms of racial profiling present to our society. The silent march was first used in 1917 by the NAACP—then just eight years old—to draw attention to race riots that tore through communities in East St. Louis, Illinois, and build national opposition to lynching.
Now, 95 years later, you can join us in powerful protest to help end this great injustice and begin rebuilding national opposition to racial profiling.
If you’re outraged that police, security guards and even community watch volunteers in so many neighborhoods continue to treat young people of color differently, or if you’re concerned for your children, or your neighbors’ and friends’ children, then channel these emotions into action by joining thousands in calling for an end to racial profiling and the abuse of New York’s stop and frisk laws.
Silence is a powerful force that, like other forms of non-violent protest, holds a mirror to the brutality of one’s opponents. On June 17, we will hold up a mirror to New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy. It is not only discriminatory, it actively seeks to humiliate innocent citizens—particularly African American and Latino men—and criminalize otherwise legal behavior.