As Staffing Shortage On Rikers Island Remains Big Concern, Vaccine Deadline For NYC Correction Officers Expires

By |2021-12-05T14:03:11+00:00November 30th, 2021|News|

CBS News

When a correction officer doesn’t come to work, people don’t eat. People miss medical appointments. People are committing suicide. People are dying,” said Brandon Holmes co-director of Freedom Agenda. “Now, this vaccine mandate, yes, can be a tool to make sure that they are held accountable.
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As borough based jails progress, crisis continues

By |2021-12-22T16:21:21+00:00November 22nd, 2021|News|

Queens Daily Eagle

 The degree of civilization in the city can be judged by entering its jail, and it would be fair to say that we are living in a state of barbarism,” said Darren Mack, the co-director of Freedom Agenda. “I urge [the City Council] to move forward with the borough based plan if we want to rid ourselves of a barbaric system.
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How to Advance and Strengthen the Plan to Close Rikers

By |2022-01-10T17:30:25+00:00November 19th, 2021|Resources|

Here, we outline specific, actionable ways to fulfill our complete vision of closing Rikers, from Jail Closure to Decarceration, Defending the Rights of Incarcerated People, and Divestment & Redistribution. The vision for eradicating Rikers and what it represents came from those most impacted by mass incarceration, but the moral responsibility for getting it done lies with all of us - and especially those who have been entrusted with elected office.

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De Blasio Dropped Suit Against Corrections Officers Union. Hundreds Continue To Skip Work

By |2021-11-22T21:17:27+00:00November 16th, 2021|News|

Gothamist

"The Mayor has failed to address the fact that thousands of guards are still collecting their paychecks without working, while incarcerated people have been abandoned in de-facto lockdown without adequate food, recreation, medical care, access to courts and more for months,” said Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda, an organization pushing for decarceration. “The guards who are working have also been abandoned by their co-workers who are abusing leave policies, and by COBA, whose leadership seems more concerned with the nearly one-third of their members who aren't working with incarcerated people than the 70% who are putting in overtime to cover for them.”
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‘Rescind your deadly order’: Activists blast de Blasio for apparent returns to solitary confinement in NYC jails,

By |2021-11-16T13:56:10+00:00November 8th, 2021|News|

AM NY

“This latest controversy comes amidst the hellish conditions at Rikers Island that have left 14 incarcerated individuals dead this year. The Nov. 8 rally outside City Hall with a coalition of activist organizations including #HaltSolitary, the Freedom Agenda, and more took local government to task for the seeming lack of compassion.”
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