Citizens Crime Commission of New York City

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City We are a non-profit dedicated to empowering communities and improving safety. The Citizens Crime Commission of New York City is a non-partisan non-profit organization working to make criminal justice and public safety policies and practices more effective through innovation, research, and education
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We continue with our Women’s History month theme, sharing inspirational stories of women who use their voice to advocate...
03/27/2020

We continue with our Women’s History month theme, sharing inspirational stories of women who use their voice to advocate for peace and change.

Edna Chavez knows all too well the impact that gun violence has on families and communities, having lived it firsthand. At the March For Our Lives event in 2018, Edna shared with the crowd, “I have learned to duck from bullets before I learned how to read.”

Growing up in South Los Angeles, Edna lost people close to her due to gun violence, including her brother. A daughter of immigrant parents, Edna has lived through the heartbreak of deportation when her father was forced to leave the US and the family. Fueled by these experiences Edna joined a local youth empowerment group while still in high school and continues today to use her voice to advocate for change and educate her community.

Edna is currently in college majoring in Nursing and hopes to continue empowering her community throughout her life. We applaud Edna for all she does and for her courage to speak up, even when it can be difficult.

Find your voice, change does not come from silence!

#NYCCCC #womenshistorymonth #HERstory #blacklivesmatter #brownlivesmatter #women #mujeres #enoughisenough #endgunviolence

03/24/2020
March For Our Lives

As we continue practicing social distancing, we take the time to remember a monumental moment in our history, led by young people! On March 24, 2018 young people took to the streets across the US and demanded changes to our country's gun laws. This movement was spearheaded by students from Parkland, Florida who founded the March For Our Lives movement.

It is believed that this was one of the biggest youth protests since the Vietnam War, with an estimated 1.2 million marchers across the US. In Washington DC there were a number of young people who spoke, including Parkland activist, Emma Gonzalez, and many others who have experienced gun violence firsthand. Everyone came together to say, enough is enough, it is time for a change!

March for Our Lives reminds us on this anniversary, that despite the quarantine, we can all still be agents for change! Now more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community and advocate for each other. Have your voice heard, don’t stay silent!

#endgunviolence #blacklivesmatter #youthmatter #youth #enough #CCCNYC

Two years ago we marched.
Today we're asking you to stay inside.

Taking to the streets is not the only way we can organize to make change. Our people are #OURPOWER. And we're not backing down.

Join us for a whole new phase of the movement.
marchforourlives.com/ourpower

Deborah Parker is an indigenous leader and activist. During the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Park...
03/16/2020

Deborah Parker is an indigenous leader and activist. During the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Parker successfully campaigned for the reauthorization. More importantly, she pushed for the inclusion of provisions which gave tribal courts jurisdiction over violent crimes against women and families involving non–Native Americans on tribal lands. Parker continuously advocates for the rights and fair treatment of indigenous communities and tribes.
Her courage to consistently speak up against what is wrong, is a reminder to us all that change doesn't come from silence. #herstory #womenshistorymonth #womensrightsarehumanrights

We know the world is a crazy place right now, and anxieties are high. The CCC extends our thoughts to all of those who h...
03/16/2020

We know the world is a crazy place right now, and anxieties are high. The CCC extends our thoughts to all of those who have been impacted by the Coronavirus. To break up your feeds, we still would like to dedicate the remainder of this month to amazing women throughout history, who have created positive impacts on the world. May their courage and bravery provide a glimmer of hope in a time of uncertainty.

With love and light,
The CCC Team

#positivevibes #wellgetthroughthis #coronavirus2020

The Parkland School Shooting is one of the deadliest shootings which took the lives of 17 students and faculty members. ...
03/10/2020

The Parkland School Shooting is one of the deadliest shootings which took the lives of 17 students and faculty members. Parkland school shooting survivor, #EmmaGonzalez, has lead the fight against the NRA and stricter gun laws. Emma, alongside survivors, immediately began speaking out and confronting lawmakers about gun control reform. Receiving much attention from the media and support from numerous celebrities led Emma to become the co-founder of the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. She continuously uses her platform to advocate for gun control and raise awareness for communities experiencing gun violence everyday. The following Saturday after the shooting at a gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Emma stated:

“We are going to be the kids you read about in textbooks. Not because we're going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, but because, just as David said, we are going to be the last mass shooting. Just like Tinker v. Des Moines, we are going to change the law.”

National Women’s History month celebrates her courage and determination.

Today and every day, the Citizens Crime Commission recognizes the struggles women have had to overcome, as well the amaz...
03/08/2020

Today and every day, the Citizens Crime Commission recognizes the struggles women have had to overcome, as well the amazing accomplishments women have achieved, throughout history. We celebrate the uniqueness of all women, and advocate for every woman to have a seat at the table. In order to eliminate discrimination against women worldwide, it is crucial to include and elevate the voices of all women, especially women of color. We have a long way to go, but the fight is always worth it.

“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” - Adure Lorde #InternationalWomensDay #Herstory #Equalityforall #Womensupportingwomen

Throughout March, the Citizens Crime Commission will be celebrating Women's History Month. Did you know that 2020 marks ...
03/06/2020

Throughout March, the Citizens Crime Commission will be celebrating Women's History Month. Did you know that 2020 marks the 100th-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment passing, which prohibits the government denying the right to vote based on gender! Who are the women that inspire you most? #WomensHistoryMonth #WomensHistory

February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. As many as 1 in 3 teens are in an abusive or unhealt...
02/28/2020

February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. As many as 1 in 3 teens are in an abusive or unhealthy relationship! The first step to preventing teen dating violence, is raising awareness. It is important to begin the conversation with young people on what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like, so young people can advocate for the love they deserve. Listen to those around you and speak up when you feel necessary. Together we can end teen dating violence!

Love does not hurt and it should not have to.

#NYCCC #teendating #teendatingviolenceawareness #love #lovedoesnothurt #february

#tbt Career Exposure Tour at The Estée Lauder Companies! Last Tuesday, 2/18/20, our Workforce Development Initiative, wi...
02/27/2020

#tbt Career Exposure Tour at The Estée Lauder Companies!

Last Tuesday, 2/18/20, our Workforce Development Initiative, with the help of our dear friend, board member and supporter, Lewis Rice, coordinated a Career Exposure Tour at Estée Lauder's Long Island City office.

We were joined by our community partners, Rock Safe Streets from Far Rockaway, and LIFE Camp, Inc from Jamaica. Our young people had the opportunity to speak with Estée Lauder staff, learn about different career opportunities and network with young professionals. Everyone had fun touring the company and getting a glimpse of the day-to-day operations of an international, billion dollar company! We thank Estée Lauder and Lew for all their hard work in making this a memorable day for our community partners and participants!

Our goal at the CCC is finding innovative ways in preventing violence, through our Workforce Development Initiative we are finding creative ways to expose young people to the work world and sustainable career opportunities. If you are interested in hosting a group of young people or want to know more about the work we do, contact us today! [email protected]

#careerexposure #companytour #NYCCCC #blackyouth #latinoyouth #latinxyouth #preventviolence #queensny

Today is the birthday of two extraordinary Black women - Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison! Audre Lorde was a poet and activ...
02/18/2020

Today is the birthday of two extraordinary Black women - Audre Lorde and Toni Morrison!

Audre Lorde was a poet and activist. She used her voice and creative talent to address the injustices of racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia. As a Black queer woman, she understood the importance of speaking up, and contributing to the discourse.

Toni Morrison, a Black American writer and Nobel Prize winner is known for her best-selling novels. The central theme of her writings is the Black experience, where the characters struggle to find themselves in an unjust world.

Both women used the power of the written word to bring to light the issues they saw and experienced. They both inspired their generation and generations after them, showing us that there are different ways we can advocate for a better, just world.

As Audre said, “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed, but when we are silent we are still afraid, so it is better to speak."

#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #BlackWomen #blackgirls #AudreLorde #ToniMorrison #blackculturematters #blacklivesmatter #movementbuilding #CCCNYC

In honor of Black History Month, we take a moment to remember and share Shirley Chisholm's legacy. Shirley is best known...
02/12/2020

In honor of Black History Month, we take a moment to remember and share Shirley Chisholm's legacy.

Shirley is best known for her political career; however, this is not where her career started. After graduating from Brooklyn College and then Columbia University, where she earned a Master’s in Education, she worked as an early education teacher and director.

Aware and frustrated with the inequality experienced by the Black community, immigrants, and women, she became politically involved, and in 1964 she became the second Black woman to be elected into NY State Office. She went on to represent her community of Bedford-Stuyvesant at the federal level, becoming the FIRST Black American Congresswoman in 1968, where she served until 1983.

Shirley didn’t stop there though. She pushed even further for change by being the first Black American and the second woman in US history to run for president during the 1972 elections. Shirley gave a voice to her community and advocated for policies to improve their well-being. She worked tirelessly to expand the food stamp program and create the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program, among other policies.

Shirley fought and advocated for those around her even when the cards were stacked against her as a Black woman and daughter of immigrant parents. Instead of waiting for someone else to step up, she stepped in and created the necessary changes. Shirley is a shining example of breaking down barriers and making your voice be heard - after all, “if they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #ShirleyChisholm #unbossed #unbought #fightingshirley #bedstuy #blacklivesmatter #CCCNYC

During the month of February the CCC will be honoring and sharing the achievements of notable Black Americans. Each week...
02/10/2020

During the month of February the CCC will be honoring and sharing the achievements of notable Black Americans. Each week we will highlight the work of Black Americans who not only advocated for equal rights, but worked tirelessly to empower their communities and make this country a better place for all. As we reflect on the powerful impact these change-makers had on history, it is important to remember that each and every voice has the power to create just as much change moving forward.

Interested in applying your data and research skills to empowering communities most impacted by gun violence? The CCC is...
01/28/2020
Program Analyst

Interested in applying your data and research skills to empowering communities most impacted by gun violence? The CCC is hiring a program analyst! Please share with anyone who may be interested.

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City is now hiring for the position of Program Analyst in New York. Apply today.

Yesterday the CCC wrapped up our latest series of trainings  with several of our community-based partners who work tirel...
12/12/2019

Yesterday the CCC wrapped up our latest series of trainings with several of our community-based partners who work tirelessly everyday to stop gun violence. Yesterday's training on professional development, followed our two prior trainings on risk reduction and meeting the needs of unique populations (young men and women, LGBTQ+, and CSEC survivors). Thanks to all of the staff who participated in the trainings and contributed to making them a success! We appreciate all of the hard work our partners put in, and are happy to support their efforts to stop gun violence! #NYCcrisismanagement #endgunviolence #communityempowerement #knowledgeispower

CCC's Director of Violence Prevention, Stephanie Ueberall, issues an op-ed on the real experiences of youth and how we c...
05/16/2019
New York Successfully Preventing Gun Violence By Working With Youth, Their Community

CCC's Director of Violence Prevention, Stephanie Ueberall, issues an op-ed on the real experiences of youth and how we can do better by them.

https://jjie.org/2019/05/16/new-york-successfully-preventing-gun-violence-by-working-with-youth-their-community/

Neighborhood conditions like exposure to violence are unacceptable, and undoubtedly create numerous negative outcomes. However, there are additional factors that consistently show up for youth involved in gun violence that are often not seen as important to stopping gun violence, and thus are overlo...

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05/10/2019

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City's cover photo

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City's cover photo
05/10/2019

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City's cover photo

Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
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Crime Commission President Richard Aborn calls on Congress to increase the budget for ATF so they can enforce gun laws w...
06/28/2017
Calling Republicans' bluff on enforcing gun laws we already have

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn calls on Congress to increase the budget for ATF so they can enforce gun laws we already have in a @NYDailyNews op-ed

About four years ago, a group of 23 Republican members of Congress wrote letters to then-President Obama...

Richard Aborn discusses what can be done about urban gang violence
06/13/2017
Stepped-Up Raids, but Gang Violence Persists

Richard Aborn discusses what can be done about urban gang violence

The Trump administration says roundups by immigration authorities are the best way to target gangs, but they haven’t stopped the killings.

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn explains that Facebook has "a responsibility to lead the way and protect their ...
06/13/2017
Can We Stop Online Violence?

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn explains that Facebook has "a responsibility to lead the way and protect their community members and the wider world" in The Crime Report

A program called E-Responder, launched by the NYC Citizens Crime Commission last year, helps anti-violence workers identify risky posts on social media before they go viral--and has already reported successes in violence intervention. The group's president says it's worth a look by other cities, and...

Richard Aborn explains that DNA testing is another example of how technology and science can be a crime-fighting tool.
06/13/2017
Expanded DNA Testing Leads to Charges in 1990s Slayings

Richard Aborn explains that DNA testing is another example of how technology and science can be a crime-fighting tool.

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Division of Criminal Justice Services says more than 1,400 investigative leads have been developed as a result of the state's decision in 2012 to collect DNA samples from all convicted criminals, no matter how minor their offenses.

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses policing undure Mayor de Blasio on NY1
06/13/2017
NY1 Online: Policing Under de Blasio

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn discusses policing undure Mayor de Blasio on NY1

Errol Louis discussed neighborhood policing, body cameras and more with Bronx City Council member Vanessa Gibson, Richard Aborn from the Citizens Crime Commission, Anthonine Pierre of the Brooklyn Movement Center and NY1 Criminal Justice Reporter Dean Meminger.

Richard Aborn explains the danger with Facebook is that it provides a platform that can amplify any sort of violence
06/13/2017
Facebook under scrutiny after Cleveland shooting video

Richard Aborn explains the danger with Facebook is that it provides a platform that can amplify any sort of violence

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company will improve its policing of violent content. The company drew criticism after a man posted a video of himself shooting a 74-year-old grandfather in Cleveland, Ohio, last Sunday.

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn's letter to The New York Times editor explaining that campus carry laws make st...
06/13/2017
Opinion | Gun Violence on Campus

Crime Commission President Richard Aborn's letter to The New York Times editor explaining that campus carry laws make students less safe, not more secure.

The Citizens Crime Commission of New York City writes that students are not more secure, but less.

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Founded in 1978 by concerned members of the business community, the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City has been a leader in converting ideas that address crime and protect the economic and social viability of New York City into action for over 30 years. One of the commission's first ideas to be put into action was a plan to make the criminal justice system more effective as a means to reduce street crime that plagued New York City during the 1980s and 90s. As the criminal justice landscape of New York City has changed, the Crime Commission's work has evolved with it. By issuing reports, holding forums, providing commentary to national and local media, and creating innovative projects, the commission has continued to generate new ideas and convert them into action.

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