About Us

Peoples' Justice at the Fathers Day March Against Stop & Frisk, 2012

Peoples’ Justices for Community Control and Police Accountability (Peoples’ Justice) is a New York City coalition of grassroots organizations working in Black, Latino/a and Asian communities. It's member organizations are CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, the Justice Committee and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. The coalition was formed in the wake of the 2006 New York City Police Department killing of Sean Bell and shooting of Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman in order to respond to the incident and highlight the systemic nature of police violence. The founding organizations of Peoples’ Justice are former members of the historic Coalition Against Police Brutality, which helped build a powerful anti-police brutality movement throughout the 1990s, organize massive protests in response to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo and assault of Abner Louimer, and aided in the dismantling of the notoriously brutal Street Crimes Unit that was responsible for Diallo's death. After the verdict in the Sean Bell case, the coalition took on a more proactive approach and developed a long-term strategy to contribute to the movement for police accountability through community education, empowerment and organizing.

Currently this proactive approach includes conducting Know Your Rights trainings and outreach through out the city, using public art and design projects for community education and empowerment, organizing neighborhood-based Cop Watch teams, and expanding New York’s “culture of Cop Watch” as a means of building community power and decreasing police misconduct and violence. For more information on our programming, please visit our Programs page.


Who We Are

Peoples' Justice’s leadership includes the following organizations:


Cop Watch Alliance

The Cop Watch Alliance currently includes teams in:

  • Brooklyn
    • Bedford Stuyvesant (Led by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement)
    • Bushwick
    • East Flatbush
    • Sunset Park
    • Crown Heights
  • Queens
    • Jackson Heights (Led by the Justice Committee)
    • Jamaica
  • The Bronx
    • South Bronx (Led by the Justice Committee)
  • Manhattan
    • Harlem
    • Lower East Side(Led by the Justice Committee)


Cop Watch Alliance endorsing organizations

(For info on how to endorse the Cop Watch Alliance, email us here):

AnakBayan – NY
ANSWER Coalition
Arab American Association of New York
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Audre Lorde Project
Bill of Rights Defense Committee
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
Center for Constitutional Rights
Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)
Game Changers Project
Havaar Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions, and State Repression
Immigrant Defense Project
RAHA - Iranian Feminist Collective
Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Jim Owles Democratic Club
Justice Committee
Make The Road NY
Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM)
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund (LDF)
New York Harm Reduction Educators (NYHRE)
October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality
Picture The Homeless
Public Science Project
Social Work Racism Response Movement (SWRRM)
Streetwise And Safe (SAS)
War Resisters League
Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice