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JustLeadershipUSA and Grassroots Organizations Hold #CLOSErikers NOW Rally to Demand that Mayor de Blasio Take REAL Action to Decarcerate Rikers and Stop Mass Criminalization of Black People and POC

On Tuesday, April 24th, activists from the #CLOSErikers Campaign, partner and grassroots organizations rallied at New York City Hall to demand accountability and action from Mayor de Blasio on his commitment to reduce the jail population and shutter the horrific jail complex on Rikers Island. Communities demanded the Mayor #CLOSErikers NOW and end to the criminalization of Black […]

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, On Mayor’s Investment To Support Women Who Are Incarcerated At Rikers

  “Directly impacted people and communities know that the problem with Rikers is Rikers, and that the only meaningful solution is to #CLOSErikers now. But as Judge Jonathan Lippman and others have pointed out, treating the people who are trapped there with dignity and respect, and working to preserve their humanity, have to be our […]

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, On JustleaderhipUSA’s “State of #CLOSErikers” Event

“Tonight, at our State of #CLOSErikers, we celebrated the power of impacted people to lead a movement that will end mass incarceration in New York City and State. Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. That has been the defining value of our #CLOSErikers and #FREEnewyork campaigns and a value that we […]

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, On New York City’s Selecting Perkins Eastman For Borough-based Facility Assessments

“Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Perkins Eastman earned a $7.6 million contract with New York City to evaluate and assess possible locations for borough-based jail facilities that would replace the Rikers Island jails. While we continue to applaud any concrete steps that this Mayor can take to expedite closing every single jail on […]

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, on Comptroller Stringer’s Report, “The Public Cost of Private Bail”

“Today, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a new report detailing the travesty of justice that is the commercial bail bonds industry and the rampant overuse of cash bail in New York City. As Comptroller Stringer makes clear, the overuse of bail and the existence of a vibrant commercial bail bond industry is a […]

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Statement From Erin L. George, #FREEnewyork Campaign Coordinator, And Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, On Mayor’s Empty Rhetoric On Criminal Justice Reform

“Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio released his editorial, A city-state N.Y. Jail Solution, which further demonstrates the growing disconnect between the Mayor’s empty rhetoric and the voices of directly impacted people and communities throughout New York City and State. “JustLeadershipUSA’s #FREEnewyork and #CLOSErikers campaigns – and the directly impacted advocates who are the backbone of […]

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Statement From Brandon J. Holmes, #CLOSErikers Campaign Coordinator, On Mayor’s Announcement Regarding The George Motchan Detention Center

“Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City will close the George Motchan Detention Center on Rikers Island. This is an example of the concrete steps that advocates and directly impacted communities have been demanding from this Mayor ever since he made closing Rikers the official city policy of New York. “We applaud the […]

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Glenn E. Martin, Founder of JustLeadershipUSA and Leader of the #CLOSErikers Campaign, Is Dumbfounded Over Mayor De Blasio’s Appointment Of Cynthia Brann As The City’s Next Corrections Commissioner

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 3, 2017 CONTACT: Tom Ochs (202) 309-0331| tom@justleadershipusa.org GLENN E. MARTIN, FOUNDER OF JUSTLEADERSHIPUSA AND LEADER OF THE #CLOSERIKERS CAMPAIGN, IS DUMBFOUNDED OVER MAYOR DE BLASIO’S APPOINTMENT OF CYNTHIA BRANN AS THE CITY’S NEXT CORRECTIONS COMMISSIONER October 3, 2017 — Today, Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA […]

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#CLOSErikers Campaign Stages Protest at Rikers Island Calling it a Confederate Monument

Members and supporters of the #CLOSErikers campaign gathered at the Rikers Island sign this morning calling the jail complex a confederate monument and demanding that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio move up his timeline for shutting down the penal colony. The action comes on the heels of the Mayor’s announcement that the City will conduct a 90-day review of all symbols of hate on City property in the wake of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA earlier this month.

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#CLOSErikers Campaign Confronts Mayor at Park Slope YMCA to Demand a Stronger Plan and Shorter Timeline for Shuttering the Jail Complex

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2017 CONTACT: Emily NaPier, Dir. of Public Affairs 315.243.5135 | emily@justleadershipusa.org   #CLOSErikers Campaign Confronts Mayor at Park Slope YMCA to Demand a Stronger Plan and Shorter Timeline for Shuttering the Jail Complex One week after the release of the “Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island,” dozens gather to show […]

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