Mayor De Blasio’s Epic Rikers Island Failure

By Glenn E. Martin, New York Daily News. -

In 2017, a year after launching the campaign, the mayor was brought to his knees by the unavoidable momentum built by the campaign. He begrudgingly conceded that Rikers needed to close. But the [...]

Why I Support Closing Rikers Island Without Building New Jails: A Letter From Prisoner Lee Doane

By Staff, -

As New York City lawmakers prepare to cast a critical vote to invest billions of dollars in new jails as part of an effort to close the Rikers Island jail complex, Shadowproof exchanged letters [...]

As We Close Rikers, Essential State-Level Reforms Needed

By Glenn E. Martin, -

By Glenn E. Martin for Gotham Gazette - Anyone following New York City politics knows about JustLeadershipUSA’s mission to close the jails at Rikers Island. In less than a year, the #CLOSErikers [...]

Experience ‘RIKERS,’ Face To Face

By Bill Moyers, -

By Bill Moyers for Moyers & Company - Over the years I have landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport knowing that the island just off and below the tip of the right wing was Rikers, the city’s [...]

1,000 People March And Rally In Queens In To Close Rikers Island Jail Complex

By Gabriel Sayegh, -

By Gabriel Sayegh for Close Rikers - New York, Sept. 24, 2016 – Nearly 1,000 New Yorkers — including NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Russell Simmons, NYC Council Members Brad Lander, Danny Dromm, [...]

Activists Launch #CLOSErikers Campaign To Close Rikers Island

By Felipe De La Hoz, -

By Felipe De La Hoz for Observer - There have been attempts to force the closure of the Rikers Island jail for years, but Glenn Martin thinks that the failed efforts so far have been missing a [...]

Newsletter – No Justice, No Peace

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese for Popular Resistance. Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report writes that “No justice, no peace” is “a vow by the movement to transform the crisis that is inflicted [...]

Cecily McMillan On Brutality And Humiliation On Rikers Island

By Cecily McMillan, -

I RECENTLY served 58 days of a three-month sentence on Rikers Island. I was convicted in May of assaulting a New York City police officer as the police cleared Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street [...]