THE #CLOSErikers GROUP TOÂ LAUNCHÂ AÂ CITYWIDE CAMPAIGN TOÂ CLOSE RIKERS ISLANDÂ BY HOLDING A RALLY ON THE STEPS OF CITY HALLâ€”
OVER 50 NYC ORGANIZATIONS WILL DEMAND THAT MAYOR BILL de BLASIO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND, REBUILD COMMUNITIES, AND FIX THE BROKEN NYC CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Glenn E. Martin, Founder andÂ President, JustLeadershipUSA
Gbenga Akinnagbe,Â ActorÂ (The Wire, 24, and Independence Day 2)Â and Activist
Anna,Â mother of a son detained on Rikers Island for five and a half years
New York City Hall (on the steps)
City Hall Park, New York, NY 10007
Thursday, April 14, 2016
In 2016, a growing citywide campaign, led by JustLeadershipUSA, in partnership with the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, formed to organize and advocate for the closure of Rikers Island, and shrinkage and decentralization of NYC’s jail system. On April 14, 2016 the #CLOSErikers campaign, which includes prison and jail reform advocates, civil rights lawyers, social service providers, religious leaders and New Yorkers directly impacted by Rikers, will demand that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio close the notorious Rikers Island jail complex.
The rally will take place on the steps of City Hall and will call attention to decades of violence and corruption, environmental dangers, and ineffective and expensive attempts at incremental reform that have left conditions of confinement unchanged. Speakers will include coalition members as well as a mother whose son is currently detained on Rikers Island and has served five and a half years there.
â€œMost New Yorkers do not realize that 85% of the people at Rikers Island have not been convicted of a crime and are simply too poor to make bail. A significant number of detainees are facing misdemeanors. As New Yorkers, we have ignored decades of human carnage at the hands of this facility and we must close it now. I am inspired by both the breadth and diversity of the organizations who have joined the #CLOSErikers Campaign,â€Â saidÂ Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA.
Glenn E. Martin was appointed toÂ theÂ Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform; at the invitation of New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The commission will hold itâ€™s first meetingÂ on April 15th.
PRESS CONTACT:Â Jacky Johnson, Communications Manager, JustLeadershipUSA:Â firstname.lastname@example.org.