The #CLOSErikers campaign was formally launched on the steps of City Hall in April 2016. A year later, we have grown in power and numbers. Our demands remain the same. Join the #CLOSErikers campaign back on the steps of City Hall to demand that Mayor Bill de Blasio #CLOSErikers and #buildCOMMUNITIES NOW!
Glenn E. Martin, President and founder of JustLeadershipUSA, and gabriel sayegh, Co-founder and Co-Executive Director of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice are leaders in the #CLOSErikers campaign. They issued the following statements in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that the New York City jail population has declined dramatically since he took office.
NY group joins Florida criminal justice reform advocates to protest mass incarceration and the need to close poor functioning jails.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly failed to confront a human rights atrocity right in his own backyard. To live up to his own progressive values of justice, fairness, and equality, he must take action and close Rikers now,” said Glenn E. Martin, President and founder of JustLeadershipUSA. “New York City’s reputation as a sanctuary […]
We thought after the embarrassing departure of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association’s (COBA) previous president they would stop the union’s bully-style tactics. Unfortunately, we were wrong.
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – Cries to close Rikers Island are growing. The songs of freedom turned into a full on assault of the notorious jail Sunday outside Gracie Mansion. Leaders demanded Mayor Bill de Blasio close the notorious jail marked by violence and corruption.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2016 Contact: Thomas Meara | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | phone: (718) 309-3506 **MEDIA ADVISORY FOR TODAY** #CLOSERIKERS ADVOCATES AND PARTNERS TO SPEAK AT MANHATTAN LIPPMAN COMMISSION MEETING TO URGE FOR SHUT DOWN OF RIKERS ISLAND ADVOCATES SAY MEETING IS OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE VOICES HEARD AND PUSH TO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND AND REIMAGINE THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2016 Contact: Thomas Meara | email: email@example.com | phone: (718) 309-3506 PRIOR TO LIPPMAN COMMISSION HEARING, #CLOSERIKERS HOSTS VIGIL OUTSIDE GRACIE MANSION WITH FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO URGE MAYOR TO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND JAIL COMPLEX Manhattan, New York – On Sunday, December 4, advocacy group #CLOSErikers hosted […]