We about that justice!
The Justice Committee (JC) is a grassroots organization dedicated to building a movement against police violence and systemic racism in New York City and empowering low-income Latinx and other people of color to address these issues. Recognizing that true power can only be exercised by unified communities we prioritize developing the leadership of both youth and elders and strive to make our organizing a multi-generational effort. By building solidarity with other anti-racist, immigrant and people of color-led organizations, we seek to contribute to a broad-based movement for social justice.
Justice Committee was founded in 1984 by two former members of the Young Lords Party, Richie Perez, and Vicente "Panama" Alba. We were established as the NYC chapter of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights (NCPRR), and we were founded to uplift the voices and experiences of Puerto Rican, and other Latinx people. We've grown and changed in many ways throughout our almost 40-year history in the movement to meet shifting conditions and the needs of New Yorkers of color.
As our name suggests, the long-term vision of the Justice Committee is a world in which the voices and needs of all become the imperative, a world not governed by the most "powerful" and materially wealthy. We seek to contribute to a coordinated global movement that will attain this world by building a New York City in which people are not victimized by systemic racism and other forms of oppression and do not suffer or fear killings and abuse at the hands of the NYPD and other forms of law enforcement. The work of the Justice Committee will be complete when NYC’s marginalized communities have the power and mechanisms to hold the authorities accountable, are empowered to determine by what principles and methods the city is managed and kept safe, and have built meaningful ties to others communities organizing for justice throughout the United States and the world.
CHANGE IS INEVITABLE, TOGETHER WE MAKE THE CHANGES OUR PEOPLE NEED.
WHAT MEMBERS SAY
GINA ARIAS, MEMBER
"The Justice Committee has always spoken truth to power. We always center the stories and voices of our families that have been doubly victimized – by the cops who have killed their loved ones and then again by a justice system that refuses to hold those police officers accountable." -
DIVAD DURANT, MEMBER
I'm a JC member to help to end police brutality in NYC. I joined to learn how to organize, resist the criminalization of marginalized people, and build community power. Justice Committee has a long history of serving the people in NYC.
IRIS BAEZ, MEMBER
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