Video: DSC-NY Rally to Demand an End to Harmful Punitive Practices in NYC Schools
On February 22, 2012, the Dignity in School Campaign – New York, a coalition of students, parents, educators and advocates, came together with City Council members at One Police Plaza to release student arrest and summons data and demand better school safety policies. In February, the NYPD released its first-ever school year report to the City Council on arrests, summonses and other police-student interactions in the schools. This is the second data filing since the law went into effect and the first to include months in which the school was in full session. Representatives from the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ), New Settlement Apartments Parent Action Committee, Teachers Unite, the New York City Civil Liberties Union, and New York City Council spoke to voice their concerns over the unequal punishments and over-policing of schools in New York City. Over fifty coalition members including students, parents, educators and advocates were present.