#ResistRikers: November 8 Rally Against Solitary Confinement and Youth Detention

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 8: We return to #ResistRikers at the gates of NYC’s jail complex with enough of our allies to make the walls tremble.

Bring your voice, your banners, your friends and your family. All are invited to speak about their experiences.

Meet outside the Rikers sign at the corner of 19th Av & Hazen St, the easiest way to get there is via the Q100 bus from Queens Plaza (see the route: http://tinyurl.com/o4e2f3s)

We support the people of Ferguson and their call for #FergusonOctober and we see the struggle for justice at Rikers as one of our parts to play in this effort.

See media from last rally at our Media page

RSVP on Facebook and invite all your friends!

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#ResistRikers Next Steps Organizing Meeting: Saturday at the Base

Join us at the Base, (1302 Myrtle Av, Brooklyn) this Saturday October 25 3:00pm-5:00pm as we organize for the beginning of the end. RSVP on Facebook and share with friends!

In solidarity with the #FergusonOctober we launched #ResistRikers as an ongoing, inclusive action that will escalate in demands as we build support.

The next demonstration at Rikers Island will take place on November 8, we plan to grow exponentially and create unified opposition that cannot be silenced.

We invite you to bring your community and creativity, and your banners and drums. We need your voice, your skills, and your dedication to take decisive steps against mass incarceration, at its ugly heart in the most powerful city in the world.

 

 

#ResistRikers Raises Banners of Defiance in the Shadow of NYC’s Notorious Jail

Yesterday’s #ResistRikers rally shook the core of NYC’s mass incarceration complex – over 50 activists and community leaders came together at the gates of Rikers Island demanding an end to solitary confinement, abuse and killing of incarcerated people.
A wide range of groups and experiences were represented at the rally. Speakers included formerly incarcerated people who described firsthand the conditions at Rikers, as well as members of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Copwatch Patrol Unit, the New Black Panther Party, and the Democratic Socialists of America. Also in attendance were members of the Asociación pro-derecho de los confinados Ñeta, the Industrial Workers of the World, CODEPINK, the International Socialists Organization, and the Jails Action Coalition.
Speakers connected the struggle against mass incarceration to ongoing protests in Ferguson, as well as the upcoming #O22 National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and the Rally to Restore the Morales-Shakur Center on Monday.
The crowd was amplified by banners, “Solitary is Torture” and “Justice for Mike Brown,” and passing cars honked in support of the demonstration. Correctional Officers looked on anxiously from across the street as the crowd shouted, “Broken windows – Tear it down! Mass incarceration – Tear it down!” and “Youth detention – abolish it! Rikers Island – demolish it!”
The electrifying energy of the crowd brought the widespread outrage of community members to the heart of mass incarceration in New York City, and the organizers asked everyone to return with five friends for the upcoming #ResistRikers action on November 8. This Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m. activists will hold a strategy session at The Base (1302 Myrtle Av, Brooklyn) to plan next steps.

#Resist Rikers Next Steps Organizing Meeting

#ResistRikers Organizing Next Steps (on Facebook)
3:00pm-5:00pm Saturday October 25 at the Base
The #ResistRikers Rally on Saturday, October 18 is the first in a series of demonstrations, and could be the beginning of the end for one of our country’s most infamous sites of mass incarceration.

In solidarity with the #FergusonOctober we launch #ResistRikers as an ongoing, inclusive action that will escalate in demands as we build support.

The next demonstration at Rikers Island will take place on November 8, we plan to grow exponentially and create unified opposition that cannot be silenced.

We invite you to bring your community and creativity, and your banners and drums. We need your voice, your skills, and your dedication to take decisive steps against mass incarceration, at its ugly heart in the most powerful city in the world.

Join us at the Base, Saturday October 25 3:00pm-5:00pm as we organize for the beginning of the end.

#ResistRikers: Rally on Saturday October 18

Join us as we demand an end to solitary confinement and the other human rights abuses that are everyday life for our incarcerated brothers and sisters at Rikers Island!

We will meet outside the Rikers Island Sign (at the corner 19th Av & Hazen St) at 3:00pm, this Saturday, October 18.

We support the people of Ferguson and their call for #FergusonOctober and we see the struggle for justice at Rikers as one of our parts to play in this effort.

The most direct way to get there is take the Q100 bus from Queens Plaza in Long Island City.

Please use the hashtag #ResistRikers and if you cannot make it Saturday, we will be back in three weeks – November 8 – to escalate our demands and bring out an even larger crowd.

RSVP on Facebook and share with your networks