NYPD PULLS PLUG ON ‘BUY-AND-BUST’

Reports indicate that NYPD officers are being told to halt the practice of “buy-and-bust.” Critics praising the cessation say the tactic unfairly targeted citizens of color. “Buy-and-bust” utilizes undercover narcotics officers posing as potential drug buyers to bust drug dealers selling marijuana. NYPD narcotics chief, Brian McCarthy, said in one report that the city has a growing problem with heroin, and busting people for marijuana takes officers away from dealing with that issue. Experts also believe that as marijuana is being more accepted, the NYPD is easing up on arrest for possession of the drug.

THE PEOPLE’S ORGANIZATION FOR PROGRESS PROTESTS FOR MICHAEL BROWN AND ERIC GARNER

The People’s Organization for Progress announced that it will rally “the day after” the grand juries in Ferguson, Mo. and New York, over their decisions to not charge Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown and the officers who were responsible for the chokehold killing of Eric Garner. In each case, if the decision to not indict comes down on a weekday, the organization will rally on the following day at the Lincoln Monument at 5 p.m. on Springfield Avenue near W. Market Street in Newark, N.J.

If the decision to not indict comes down on a Friday, the organization will rally that Saturday at Broad and Market streets in Newark at noon. The POP is also organizing marches for Kashad Ashford, who was killed by police officers in Bergen County, N.J. just weeks ago under highly questionable circumstances, and Abdul Kamal, to mark the anniversary of his killing by Irvington, N.J. police officers last year. Go to www.njpop.org or call 973-801-0001.

YOUNG ANTI-BULLYING ADVOCATE RECEIVES AWARD

Anti-bullying advocate Jaylen Arnold is receiving the World of Children Award. The 14-year-old will receive the award during and anti-bullying assembly at Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn. Students from Pens of Peace will also be conducting an interview with Arnold. A crusader against bullying since age 8, Arnold is afflicted with Tourette syndrome (a neurological disorder), Asperger syndrome (a broad-spectrum autism disorder) and severe obsessive compulsive disorder. He has been featured on the Discovery Health Network, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” CNN, HLN, FOX, ABC, NBC and CBS. For more information on Arnold, go to www.jaylenschallenge.org.


THE COALITION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION HOSTS ANNUAL CONVENTION

The Coalition for Public Education is hosting its 5th Annual Convention Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DC 37 Headquarters located at 125 Barclays St. in Manhattan. The convention will feature panels with parents, educators, students and politicians and workshops on the future and direction of New York City public education. The event is free and open to the public. Go to www.forpubliced.org or call 347-583-5925 for more information. The Coalition for Public Education advocates for a human rights based approach to public education and the end of mayoral control.