TMI’s organizers support communities affected by unconstitutional and racially discriminatory policing in several jurisdictions across the country.
In New York City, the team supports families seeking justice after officer-involved deaths, and is part of the movement to address the unconstitutional NYPD “stop-and-frisk” tactic and raids in public housing. During this time, TMI’s organizers established the Know Your Rights Academy (KYRA): a program to educate and empower public housing residents about their rights during police encounters.
In Baltimore, Maryland, our organizers provided jail support and legal observation in the wake of the killing of Freddie Gray in 2015. We have hosted community forums for residents and continue to provide advisory support and technical assistance to increase the organizing capacity of local organizations.
In North Charleston, South Carolina, in response to the murder of Walter Scott by a North Charleston police officer, TMI organizers have been working with residents to establish mechanisms for police accountability.
The Know Your Rights Academy (KYRA) is an organizer training project addressing the problem of unlawful stops, frisks, searches, and arrests by NYPD officers conducting vertical patrols in public housing buildings owned and operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). KYRA is designed to train members of the public housing community on the fundamentals of organizing and provide facilitated workshops on NYCHA residents’ legal rights in encounters with law enforcement. TMI organizers have conducted KYRA in Manhattan and Brooklyn.