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Safe at Home? Broken Windows Policing and the Sanctuary City

05/16 Tuesday | 6pm

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to a discussion on sanctuary cities and policing, featuring Oscar Diaz, Dennis FloresMarium Khawaja, and New York City Council Member Rory I. Lancman.

There is a great deal of noise and confusion surrounding the issues of “Sanctuary City” and “Broken Windows” policing. This panel aims to help gain some clarity as to both. What does it mean to be a “Sanctuary City” and what is the current mayoral administration doing to make New York a “Sanctuary City”? What is “Broken Windows” policing? What are the specific enforcement strategies and tactics the NYPD utilizes as part of “Broken Windows” and do these tactics effect immigrants particularly? Are there alternatives available?

Oscar Diaz is a multimedia journalist, community organizer for ICE-FREE NYC, and queer brown immigrant educator at St. John’s University. He can be found documenting communities in resistance and organizing against state-sanctioned violence through an abolitionist lens. His scholarship reflects a critical view between media, globalization, capitalism, and migration patterns.

Dennis Flores is a Nuyorican community-based multimedia artist, activist, and educator, born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. His work touches on issues related to racial and social justice, youth empowerment, and Afro-Diaspora cultural traditions. He is the co-founder of El Grito de Sunset Park, a grassroots social justice organization that advocates around issues of police accountability, housing rights and youth empowerment.

Marium Khawaja serves as CAIR–NY’s Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator. She received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School and her LL.B. from Lahore University of Management Sciences. During her time in law school, Ms. Khawaja served on the Harvard Human Rights Journal and was Director of Community Service for the Harvard Law School Student Government. She has published several articles, including works on preventative detention and international arbitration and she has worked with a variety of progressive organizations in New York, Massachusetts, and Lahore, Pakistan.

Council Member Rory I. Lancman represents New York City’s 24th city council district, where he has lived for more than forty years. Council Member Lancman chairs the council’s Committee on Courts & Legal Services, where he has advocated for a civil and criminal justice system that works for all New Yorkers. The committee has held hearings on the city’s summons courts, bail reform, access to counsel for immigrant children, the veteran’s treatment courts, the indigent defense system and other topics that address the fairness, transparency and efficiency of our legal process.

Co-sponsored by the Urban Democracy Lab

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