BMCC students and president endorse resolution against stop and frisk

BMCC’s Student Government Association (SGA) unanimously passed a resolution against NYPD’s stop and frisk policy, citing the murders of Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham. The resolution was passed by the College Council and endorsed by President Antonio Perez who stated that he would pass it on to the other college Presidents.

Resolution to Condemn Police Murder of Young African-American and Latino Males and to condemn the tragic murders of Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham on February 2

WHEREAS at any given time the African-American and Latino communities are consistently harassed, defamed and profiled by local law enforcements; and

WHEREAS the stop-and-frisk actions reached an all-time national highin 2011, especially in the city of New York where a record-breaking 690,000 stop-and-frisks occurred—87%of them targeted at African American and Latino males; and

WHEREAS we have a grave concern about the racist profiling of African-American males, more particularly in New York City; and

WHEREAS the tragic loss of Ramarley Graham who was shot and killed by the NYPD without any reason to fire nor any warrant to invade the home in which he lived; and

WHEREAS the tragic and unfortunate loss of Trayvon Martin, who was murdered by Florida neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman who claimed the right to shoot in self-defense, even though Trayvon Martin was unarmed; and

WHEREAS George Zimmerman who moments before the shooting called Trayvon Martin a “coon”; and

WHEREAS the students of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) is the largest college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system and where its students express consistent fear about their own safety in the event that they are stopped by the New York City Police Department; and

WHEREAS BMCC has the largest African-American male student population in the CUNY system; therefore

Let it be RESOLVED that BMCC Student Government Association (SGA) who represent the 23,862 students who attend the college forcefully condemns these malignant acts of racist profiling and brutality against African-American and Latino males; and

Be it RESOLVED that the members of the SGA forcefully condemn the tragic loss of Ramarley Graham who was murdered by the NYPD on February 2, 2012; and

Be it RESOLVED that the members of SGA forcefully condemn the tragic loss of Travyon Martin who was murdered by George Zimmerman; and

BE it RESOLVED that the members of SGA and the students of BMCC are in full support of the families of Ramarley Graham and Trayvon Martin in ensuring that justice is served and their deaths be not in vain; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be sent to the families of Trayvon Martin and Ramarley Graham and to the other colleges in the CUNY System to let them know that we will not accept racist profiling, police brutality, and murder

Submitted by the members of the Student Government Association of the Borough of Manhattan Community College on Wednesday March 28, 2012
JoNae Smith – President

Jermaine Morris- Vice President

Andrew Grant-Treasurer

Roselle Stephens-Secretary

Senators-Jamell Henderson, Kwabena Danquah, Tushawna St. Paul, Daelia Miller, Joseph Akhutie, Mesha Green, Nedge Victome, Omar Murray, Senator Omoruyi, Kelvin Obasuyi, Yvette Gafhoor, Ecclesia Eddy, Antoinette Holder, Martina Adams, Marlyene Jimenez