( ENSPIRE Community ) NYCLU’s The Listening Room Challenges Police Presence In Communities
ENSPIRE Contributor: Tylah Willis
The New York City Liberty Union (NYCLU) recently hosted a citywide pop up of listening rooms that addressed a prominent issue in New York City, police. The pop-up campaigns created by The New York Civil Liberties Union called “Listening NYC,” the first-ever citywide campaign for better policing practices was held at De Witt Clinton Park in Manhattan. “The Listening Room” – a dynamic traveling pop-up in which New Yorkers across the five boroughs can share their experiences and views about police interactions and safer and fairer policies, and listen to the experiences of others. The Listening room was organized by NYCLU advocate Brandon Holmes in hope to spark conversation about better policing in New York.
The pop up consisted of 4 stations: Listen In, The Listening Room, Tell the Mayor and The Brown Board. Each station pertains to what New Yorkers encountered with police or what policy changes the people want to be done within the NYPD. One of the unique stations that stood out at the pop up was the Listening Room. The concept behind this station is to initiate a conversation with another person based on a question, belief, struggle, thought, tension or scenarios. Overall the purpose of each station is to make you think about what should be changed from within police policies.
With the statistic of black people being 5 times more likely of being brutalized and killed by police compared to white people, this pop up is an important necessity to combat abusive power from police departments. By the community coming together through interactive activities, we can collectively create ways to effectively change injustices that we’ve seen or encountered in our communities.