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

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  • 31 / May / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
  • 04 / Jun / 2013

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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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