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The Museum of Broken Windows Covers a Legacy of Brutality


The New York Civil Liberties Union will be organizing the Museum of Broken Windows, an upcoming pop-up exhibition featuring over 30 artists from across the country, running September 22 to the 30th. The exhibition will showcase the ineffectiveness of broken windows policing, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.

The museum will be opened at 9 West 8th Street near Washington Square Park and uses art to express how fundamentally broken methods of policing have affected New Yorkers.  "Broken Windows policing, which treats minor 'quality-of-life' infractions like jumping a turnstile or smoking marijuana as crimes, has turned neighborhoods into occupation zones," said NYCLU advocacy director Johanna Miller. "While stop-and-frisk, a hallmark of broken windows policing, has been significantly reduced, the criminalization of communities of color for minor offenses continues. The goal of the Museum is to bring the emotional, physical and societal impacts of this style of policing to life for all New Yorkers, and elevate a critical conversation about what it means to be and feel safe in this city."

Participating artists and photographers include Jesse Krimes, Dread Scott, Hank Willis Thomas, Molly Crabapple, Gabe Kirchheimer and Jordan Weber.

To learn more, go to:

NYCLU: Museum of Broken Windows
September 22 - 30, 2018

9 West 8th Street
New York, NY 10011

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