LGBT Pols to Rally Against Stop-and-Frisk

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At a news conference taking place later today to push for reforms to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, a plethora of LGBT elected officials and candidates will be sending their support as well. Joining advocates at the historic Stonewall Inn will be Council Speaker Christine Quinn, representatives from every gay or lesbian council member in the city, and Assemblyman Matt Titone.

The press conference in many ways represents the expanding base of support advocates against stop-and-frisk have been able to accumulate. Previously, support for changing the NYPD tactic was generally confined to elected officials in — or seeking to represent — the black and Latino communities that are most affected by the policy.

“We are unveiling an unprecedented coalition that unites the LGBT movement, civil rights movement, labor movement, and other allies in a growing national effort to fight stop and frisk and racial profiling,” Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the RWDSU which  organized today’s event, says in his prepared remarks. “We’re here to tell the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg that all New Yorkers deserve to live free of discrimination and harassment.”

Today’s rally is a precursor to a silent Father’s Day march against stop-and-frisk practices, which is being organized by a number of key forces in progressive politics in the city — the N.A.A.C.P., Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, and 1199 S.E.I.U.

“We’ve stood with them with same-sex marriage, and they’re standing with us with stop-and-frisk,” Mr. Sharpton explained to the New York Times.

Also attending will be a number of LGBT candidates for higher office, including Corey Johnson and Yette Kurland — both expected to run for Ms. Quinn’s seat in 2013 — and Brad Hoylman, a probable candidate for the State Senate later this year.

View the full list of speakers and attendees below:

Final Speaking List and Order

  • RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, LGBT Table Convener
  • LGBT Table Co-Chair, Sharon Stapel for the New York City Anti-Violence Project and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects.
  • LGBT Table Co-Chair, Jeff Campagna for RWDSU
  • Communities United for Police Reform Coordinator Joo-Hyun Kang
  • National Action Network President Rev. Al Sharpton
  • Streetwise and Safe, Chris Bilal, Survivor of Stop & Frisk
  • City Council Speaker Chris Quinn
  • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Director of Public Policy and Government Relations Stacey Long
  • NAACP President Benjamin Jealous
  • Lambda Legal Executive Director Kevin Cathcart
  • Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
  • Empire State Pride Agenda Board Chair Louis Bradbury
  • SEIU 1199 President George Gresham
  • Human Rights Campaign National Field Director Marty Rouse
  • Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City President Melissa Sklarz
  • Gay Men’s Health Crisis, CEO Marjorie Hill
  • Campaign to Stop the False Arrests, Survivor Robert Pinter

Non-Speaking Attendees and Dignitaries

  • Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
  • Family Equality Council *
  • AIDS United *
  • Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats
  • City Council Member Danny Dromm’s office
  • City Council Member Rosie Mendez
  • City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer’s Office
  • Assemblyman Matt Titone
  • Democratic District Leader Brad Hoylman
  • F.I.E.R.C.E.
  • Lambda Independent Democrats
  • Queer Rising
  • Dr. Whilhelmina Perry of LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent
  • Cathy Marino Thomas of Marriage Equality USA
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • New York LGBT Community Center
  • Michael Silverman of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund,
  • Corey Johnson, Community Board 4
  • Yetta Kurland
  • Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center
  • Jim Owles Democratic Club, Alan Roskoff

LGBT Pols to Rally Against Stop-and-Frisk