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Statement from Glenn E. Martin, JustLeadershipUSA and gabriel sayegh, Katal Center For Health, Equity, and Justice On Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Announcement of the Reduction in New York City’s Jail Population

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.

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#CLOSErikers Group To Protest De Blasio At Fundraiser In Florida

NY group joins Florida criminal justice reform advocates to protest mass incarceration and the need to close poor functioning jails.

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The #CLOSErikers Campaign stands with Councilmember Danny Dromm Against COBA Attacks

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.

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#CLOSErikers Advocates And Partners To Speak At Manhattan Lippman Commission Meeting To Urge For Shut Down of Rikers Island

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 5, 2016 Contact: Thomas Meara | email: tmeara@kivvit.com | 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 […]

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 4, 2016 Contact: Thomas Meara | email: tmeara@kivvit.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 […]

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#CLOSErikers Applauds DOC Decision to Halt Rikers Expansion

www.closerikers.org For Immediate Release: Contact: gabriel sayegh, 646.335.2264 November 15, 2016 #CLOSErikers Applauds DOC Decision to Halt Rikers Expansion Growing Movement Sees Announcement as Step Toward Closing Horrific Jail Complex NEW YORK: On Monday, New York City Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte stated in a City Council Fire and Criminal Justice Services Committee hearing that due […]

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Criminal Justice Groups Issue Response to Construction of New Rikers Facility

On Wednesday, the Village Voice reported that New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio has resumed construction on a new 1,489 bed jail on Rikers Island. The news comes as Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Speaker of the NY City Council have joined advocates in calling for the closure of the old Rikers Island facility.

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Nearly 1,000 People March and Rally in Queens in Action to Close Rikers Island Jail Complex

www.closerikers.org  For Immediate Release Contact: gabriel sayegh, 646-335-2264 Valrie Fowler, 347-622-3694 September 26, 2016  Nearly 1,000 People March and Rally in Queens in Action to Close Rikers Island Jail Complex Nearly 100 Advocacy Groups, City Officials and Celebrities Demand Mayor de Blasio Close Rikers, Build Communities  New York, Sept. 24, 2016 – Nearly 1,000 New […]

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A Growing Number Of Elected Officials And A Coalition Of Representatives From 98 Advocacy Groups March To Demand Mayor De Blasio Close Rikers Island Jail Complex

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** JustLeadershipUSA  www.closerikers.org    Contact:  Valrie Fowler | 347-622-3694 gabriel sayegh | 646-335-2264 ***MEDIA ADVISORY***   Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA, available for interviews A GROWING NUMBER OF ELECTED OFFICIALS AND A COALITION OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM NEARLY 100 ADVOCACY GROUPS MARCH TO DEMAND MAYOR DE BLASIO CLOSE RIKERS ISLAND JAIL COMPLEX […]

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Rikers Island Will No Longer House Adolescents

For Immediate Release July 21, 2016 Contact: Valrie Fowler (347) 622-3694 Valrie@justleadershipusa.org Rikers Island Will No Longer House Adolescents 16 & 17 Year-Olds Will Be Relocated to Youth Center in the Bronx: City’s Decision is a Crucial First Step Towards Overall Closure of Rikers— July 21, 2016 (New York, NY)—  #CLOSErikers, a citywide campaign comprised of community […]

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