Obama's use of unreliable gang databases for deportations could be a model for trump

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP’S reaffirmation of his campaign trail vow to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants has roiled communities across the country. Local leaders have attempted to calm their constituents, with authorities in California offering particularly strident opposition. California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León called Trump’s plan “catastrophic” and vowed that the state would “aggressively avail ourselves of any and all tools” to protect the rights of undocumented residents.

Remarks by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck about his agency not cooperating with any new deportation push garnered the highest praise from the national press and immigrants’ rights advocates.

“We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job, nor will I make it our job,” Beck said on November 14.

The reality of street policing in California is quite different. Police and sheriffs in California — including the LAPD — and across the country have been routinely cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement for years to deport people accused of gang ties. Joint federal-local gang task forces targeting transnational gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street were formed during George W. Bush’s presidency as part of Operation Community Shield, and they have continued to operate through Barack Obama’s two terms. Today, the deportation of people accused of gang membership or association is strongly emphasized under the Obama administration’s Priority Enforcement Program, which focuses on identifying and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal records.

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#Publicolor: Art classes let youth address police brutality

Police Brutality. Art by  Weird Chief .

Police Brutality. Art by Weird Chief.

NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - Art classes are helping at-risk students find a path to a brighter future. Who owns the solutions of tomorrow? I heard about an interesting program that might hold some answers and had to check it out.

Publicolor, a long-term development program focused on addressing the needs of minority students from some of New York's poorest neighborhoods, is tackling the topic of police brutality. I went to the Manhattan offices to join the conversation and to rock the boat of thought.

They are in high school or fresh out. They recently finished the program's Summer Design Studio on the Pratt University campus.

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Community Mourns #JesseRomero, the 14-Year Old Killed by LAPD for Alleged #Graffiti-Writing

Don't Shoot ,  by Bambi in Shoreditch, East London. Photo courtesy of  Dream Deferred .

Don't Shoot, by Bambi in Shoreditch, East London. Photo courtesy of Dream Deferred.

Police say the Boyle Heights boy allegedly fired at them while running away. But one witness says the gun went off when Romero tossed it against a fence during the pursuit.

At a press conference on August 10, 2016, Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Robert Arcos presented its account of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jesse Reomero, a 14-year-old Mexican-American boy that Hollenbeck Gang Enforcement Detail officers were chasing for allegedly writing gang graffiti.

In a Los Angeles Times video of yesterday's press conference, Arcos said the incident began when the police received a radio report of vandalism suspects near Chicago Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. After police arrived Romero ran. As officers approached the corner of Breed Street and Cesar Chavez, they allegedly heard a gun shot. When they turned the corner, one of the officers fatally shot Romero. Police presented a picture of an antiquated handgun at the conference.

Arcos said that a witness had seen Romero point a gun at police and pull the trigger. But another witness told the L.A. Times that she saw Romero throw the gun toward a fence as he ran and the gun went off.

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QUOTAS AND QUOTES: Multimedia Art Exhibit and Panel Discussion Organized by Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)

QUOTAS AND QUOTES: A Multimedia Art Exhibit and panel discussion focused on NYPD’s quota-driven “Broken Windows” arrest and summons practices that inflict hardship and harm on vulnerable New Yorkers, especially low income people of color, the homeless, and persons with a history of trauma.

Opening Reception: June 21st, 2016, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, followed by a panel discussion.

Location: El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, 215 East 99 Street, New York, NY 10029


As applied by high-level NYPD officials, quotas refer to the aggressive pressure placed on street cops to engage in a certain number of punitive interactions such as arrests, summonses (tickets), and stops.  As a result, everyday our city’s courts devote considerable resources to the administration of injustice, applying sanctions in hundreds, if not thousands of cases where the charges involve at worst, petty infractions and where the defendants are almost always people of color.

The Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) believes that increased awareness of these everyday injustices by the public, the press and political leaders will lead to a shift in the political landscape regarding policing and prosecution.

Featured art mediums include: mixed-media, scultpure, graphic design, painting, photography and a live interactive installation. 

PROP: Exposing and ending the NYPD's discriminatory and abusive practices that routinely and disproportionately affect our city's low-income communities and people of color. 

Curators: Rolinda Ramos and Jasmine R. Castillo 

Design Team: Maesha Meto, Bog Gangi, Rolinda Ramos, Kim Sanchez, Donald Bajema, Robert Lee. 

Participating Artists: Angie LMV x JT Leiss, Yazmeen Collazo x Adon Wone, Jimmy Aponte, William "BI" Sloan, Amar Bennett, Antony Posada, Atikur Abdule and Harlem Artist Collective. 

For more information, email: Rolinda Ramos, Maesha Meto or Bob Gangi.


Photos from Artivist Workshop at The Brotherhood Sister Sol's May Community Conversation, "Artful Resistance Against Police Control"

Project Attica participated in a workshop during The Brotherhood Sister Sol's May Community Conversation, Artful Resistance Against Police Control, with other activists projects that are using arts to promote social justice and to demand police accountability in New York City and all throughout the United States.  

Our workshop covered the current crisis of police brutality and violence impacting millions of New Yorkers highlighting incidents such as Ramarley Graham, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner and many more.  Participants created their artivist t-shirts in the beautiful Frank White Memorial Garden learning how art can be used for resistance against police control. 

The Brotherhood Sister Sol provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two.  The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latino history, and global awareness. Bro/Sis provides four-six year rites of passage programming, thorough five-day a week after school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training and employment, college preparation, community organizing training, and international study programs to Africa and Latin America.

Would you like to host one of our Artivism workshops at your school or non-profit? We would love to hear from you! Contact us!

Since 2011, Project Attica has brought Artivism – a free, dynamic, visual art, interactive workshop to students in New York City. Held in middle schools, high schools and community organizations in the city, Artivism provides students with a space to create works of art by expressing their views about social justice issues on wearable canvases.