New York City is closer than ever to closing Rikers Island, due to the courage and commitment of formerly incarcerated leaders. We have made important progress, but Rikers Island is not yet closed, and continues to violate the human rights of New Yorkers as long as it is open. Anyone running for elected office in 2021 must be committed to erasing this stain on New York City, and must be accountable to directly impacted people.
Moderator Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin (host of On The Count Radio) will host this conversation with Darren Mack (Freedom Agenda), Sharon White-Harrigan (Women’s Community Justice Association), Kandra Clark (Exodus Transitional Community), and Johnny Perez (National Religious Campaign Against Torture).
This event is organized by Freedom Agenda (fa.urbanjustice.org) with support from the Humanities Action Lab at Rutgers University-Newark.