5 Resources: Summary of Blog Posts on Stop-And-Frisk

Introduction to the Stop-and-Frisk Series
By Morgane Richardson

Today begins our month-long social justice topic series which asks academics, activists, and journalists to reimagine New York City after the end of stop-and-frisk and to consider how civic engagement and greater democracy might be promoted for all residents. The first week of this month’s series, Stop-At-Frisk At A Glance, will provide an overview of the issue to-date. We will include a blog post on the connection between social justice and activism, as well as interviews with activists and academics in the field. Emily Sherwood, a member of the JustPublics@365 team, will introduce an interactive timeline about milestones in the Stop-and-Frisk story along with steps to creating your own digital timeline to use as a form of digital activism and social engagement.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/10/introduction-social-justice-topic-series-stop-frisk/

Connecting Scholarship With Activism 
By Jessie Daniels

Scholarship that’s intended for a small audience of other specialists within the academy and with no connection to the larger social world may continue to have a place, but there are indications that the ivory-tower-only-scholarship no longer holds as much appeal. Part of that change has to do with digital technologies.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/14/connecting-scholarship-activism/

Digital Story Telling on Stop-and-frisk
by Morgane Richardson

Digital Storytelling is a tool that helps to create and build communities through sharing individual and collective experiences. The simple act of listening to a person’s story can personalize otherwise seemingly abstract theories and policies. In June of 2013, Community United Against Police Reform released a series of short documentaries that highlight the impact of stop-and-frisk on ordinary citizens and communities in New York City. These stories take us beyond the charts and numbers on stop-and-frisk and give us an honest look at the personal experiences resulting from a political action.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/15/stop-frisk-action/

An Interactive Stop-and-Frisk Timeline
By Emily Sherwood

This timeline illustrates some of the major moments of, responses to, and influences on Stop-and-frisk dating back to Terry vs. Ohio, the 1968 Supreme Court decision to the present Federal District Court ruling on Floyd v. New York City. Collected here are important documents, reports, and films, created by the state, activists, research and community institutions. In the comments, we welcome your suggestions for other entries to add to the timeline.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/16/stop-frisk-timeline/

A Special Interview with Eli Silverman on Recent Stop-and-frisk Trial
By Heidi Knoblauch

This past week, I interviewed Eli Silverman, PhD (Professor, Emeritus, john Jay and Graduate Center, CUNY), about his experience testifying as an expert witness in the recent stop-and-frisk trial, Floyd, et al. v. New York City. In this interview, I asked Professor Silverman about his involvement as one of the leading scholars working on the issue of stop-and-frisk in New York City and his experience translating academic research to a wider audience. We also discussed the potential changes that will occur as a result of District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s ruling and the ramifications of stepping outside the academy and into the courtroom.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/17/special-interview-silverman-stop-and-frisk/

How To Create Your Own Timeline
By Emily Sherwood

Timelines allow you to craft a narrative for your audience, gather a wide range of information, and provide a platform that is clean, clear, and interactive. Whether designing a class project, curating data and resources for an academic article, or presenting a history of your community group, timelines naturally combine the visual and textual in an easy to follow format.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/18/timeline-how-to/

Our Stop-and-Frisk Series: A Case Study for Reimagining Scholarly Communication
By Jessie Daniels

The aim of JustPublics@365 is to foster just the kind of “disruptive” work that can foster connections between academics, activists and journalists who are working to address some of the pressing social problems of our time. From where we sit in the heart of New York City, stop-and-frisk is at the top of the list of pressing social problems because of the deleterious effects it has on the democratic life of the city. Stop-and-frisk has also been an issue around which academics, activists and journalists have worked together, across traditional silos and enabled by digital media, in order to end this practice… So, we offer this series on stop-and-frisk as a kind of case study of how we might reimagine scholarly communication for the public good.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/21/case-study-reimagining-scholarly-communication/

Envisioning A Better Future: Youth Action Against Stop-and-frisk
By Morgane Richardson

Our series on Stop-and-Frisk continues as we take a look at what it means to ‘come of age’ under stop-and-frisk.  Over the next two days, we’ll focus on the impact on young people in New York City dealing with stop-and-frisk and how U.S. youth mobilize to resist criminalization. Young adults, between the ages of 18 and 25, comprise at least half of all recorded stops in NYC. In 2012, over 286,000 young people in this age group were stopped and frisked. A study by the Vera Institute on Youth Justice recorded that young people in NYC are now less willing to report crimes, even when they are the victims. What does it mean to grow up within a system that targets, rather than protects, you? How do U.S. youth envision their futures within a system they fear?

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/22/youth-action-stop-and-frisk/

“I’ve Been Stopped A Thousand Times:” Measuring Effects of Stop-and-Frisk
by Wilneida Negron   

How do you measure the effects of stop-and-frisk on NYC youth, such as the survey respondent above, who report having being stopped more often than they could count or remember? This was a pivotal challenge faced by researchers, Jennifer

Fratello (Research Director, Vera Center on Youth Justice) and Andrés Rengifo (Associate Professor, Rutgers University) for their report Coming of Age with Stop-and-frisk: Experiences, Self-Perceptions, and Public Safety Implications which attempts to capture the effects of stop-and-frisk.  During a recent event organized by The Center on Race, Crime and Justice at John Jay College-CUNY on October 17th, Fratello and Rengifo discussed their research.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/23/effects-of-stop-and-frisk/

Tips for Academics Who Want To Engage Policymakers
By Julie Netherland

Many academics want their research to have broader impact.  In fact, according to a recent study, an estimated 92% of social science scholars said they wanted to connect more with policymakers.  With the ever-increasing clamor for  “evidence-based policy,” policymakers – elected and appointed officials at the local, state and national level – really do want to hear from academics.  Here, I offer some ways academics can get involved, tips for effectively engaging policymakers, and some frequent challenges.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/24/tips-academics-want-to-engage-policymakers/

Shaping The Narrative Through Arts and Technology: Youth Activism in Stop-and-frisk
By Wilneida Negron

With the focus on these high-profile efforts to end stop-and-frisk, the individual and collective efforts led by youth are often overlooked.  These efforts at the local community level often include an array of micro-mobilizations such as “know-your-rights” campaigns, “cop-watch” projects, community meetings and video storytelling, as well as door-to-door advocacy, that are much less documented than the court cases which garner lots of press attention.  Considered together these community-based efforts demonstrate the ability of youth to advocate for neighborhood change.  

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/25/youth-and-stop-and-frisk/

Interview: Academic-Activist Partnerships For Social Change
By Jessie Daniels

At the moment, International Drug Policy Reform Conference is coming to a close in Denver, Colorado.  The conference brings together academics and activists working to reform drug policy across the globe.  While at the conference, I had a chance to interview two people [Professor Harry Levine and gabriel sayegh who personify academic-activist partnerships around the connection between stop-and-frisk and marijuana arrests.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/26/academic-activist-partnerships-social-change/

Where Are We Now? Stop-and-frisk
By Matthew K. Gold

This week, we pause to consider the state of stop-and-frisk in New York City in the shadow of an important mayoral race and recent legislation. We’ll take stock of things with the help of journalists covering the issue and politicians taking stands on it. As we do so, we’ll be sharing resources that you can explore for more information and providing visualizations of stop-and-frisk practices.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/28/now-stop-frisk/

Special Interview with Jamilah King on Covering Stop-and-frisk
Interview by Heidi Knoblauch, Questions by Morgane Richardson

Jamilah King is the news editor at Colorlines.com, coordinating story assignments as news breaks, as well as covering urban politics and youth culture. In this interview we talk about her involvement as one of the leading journalists working on the issues of urban politics and youth culture in New York City and what changes she foresees coming from District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin’s recent ruling on Stop-And-Frisk.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/30/special-interview-jamilah-king-news-editor-colorlines-com/

Visualizing The Effects of Stop-and-frisk
By Morgane Richardson

A powerful way to understand the effects of stop-and-frisk on the people of NYC is through data visualization. Data visualization provides scholars, activists and journalists

with a set of tools to display data in a way that can be more easily and clearly communicated with a broad audience. In an era in which digital media is re-shaping scholarly communication, data visualization has became an important tool in teaching, research and activism.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/10/31/visualizing-effects-stop-and-frisk/

Interview: Brett Stoudt and Maria Torre About The Morris Justice Project
By Jessie Daniels

Today, our stop-and-frisk series continues with an email interview I did with two researchers involved in the Morris Justice Project (MJP), a community-based, participatory research and action project in the Bronx. Brett Stoudt (PhD, John Jay-CUNY) is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department with a Joint Appointment in the Gender Studies Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Maria Elena Torre (PhD, Graduate Center-CUNY) is the founding Director of The Public Science Project at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/11/06/interview-morris-justice-project/

Bill de Blasio and The Future of Stop-and-Frisk
By Morgane Richardson

On Tuesday, November 4th 2013, Bill de Blasio was elected mayor of New York City after winning 73 percent of the vote.  Over the course of his campaign, de Blasio’s platform focused on stop-and-frisk, and supporting the (recently-removed) Judge Scheindlin’s ruling, which found the policing practice unconstitutional and ordered a federal monitor to oversee the NYPD…The question remains: will de Blasio get rid of discriminatory stop-and-frisks once he’s in office? How can activists, journalists and academics come together to ensure that changes are made to the offensive policing tactics?

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/11/07/de-blasio-future-stop-and-frisk/

JustPublics@365 Stop-and-frisk Series: A Temporary Conclusion
By Matthew K. Gold

Though our own series is over for now, we will continue to track Stop-and-Frisk on this site and will be putting together an archive of our Stop-and-Frisk posts and resources. We invite you to continue this important conversation in the comments section and through social media as we collectively chart the future of our city and work together to create a more just public.

URL: http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2013/11/11/justpublics365-stop-frisk-series/

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