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The New York Community Trust Announces $7.7 Million In Grants To 39 NY Nonprofits

By |2024-02-21T09:29:16-05:00February 13th, 2024|News|

Harlem World

The New York Community Trust today announced more than $7.7 million in grants to 39 nonprofits... [including] Freedom Agenda: $150,000 to advocate to repurpose Rikers Island and reform the city’s approach to incarceration.
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My Son Died From Solitary Confinement On Rikers

By |2024-01-29T13:19:14-05:00January 29th, 2024|News|

NY Daily News

"Solitary confinement killed my son, Brandon Rodriguez, on Aug 10,2021. It is wrong and disgusting for Mayor Adams to lie to the public and say the city jails don’t use solitary confinement and haven’t used it since 2019." - Tamara Carter, Freedom Agenda member advocate
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2 Rikers Deaths In January Come After A Major Drop In 2023

By |2024-01-29T13:15:39-05:00January 25th, 2024|News|

Gothamist

"Darren Mack, an advocate for incarcerated people and their families with the organization Freedom Agenda, said many detainees were harmed in other ways despite the decline in deaths."
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Manuel Luna Is The Second Person To Die On Rikers In 2024

By |2024-01-29T13:12:04-05:00January 25th, 2024|News|

Amsterdam News

“[Rikers Island] continues to kill our neighbors and leave more families devastated,” said Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda.  “Instead of continuing to send people there, the Mayor needs to make the investments that will keep people safe: housing, mental health treatment, and other services to support people in our communities.”
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Rikers Island Detainee Found Dead In Cell – Facility’s Second Death In First 19 Days Of The New Year

By |2024-01-29T13:09:36-05:00January 20th, 2024|News|

AM NY

"Darren Mack, co-director of the Freedom Agenda, which has been lobbying for Rikers’ immediate closure — said Luna’s death was yet another sign that the facility’s days of holding incarcerated individuals must be numbered."
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Calls to Close Rikers Reignite after First Death in Custody of 2024 in City Jail Confirmed

By |2024-01-17T08:52:27-05:00January 11th, 2024|News|

Norwood News

"Darren Mack, co-director of Freedom Agenda, gave his reaction to Williams’ death, saying, “Today, yet another family is grieving the loss of their loved one in the custody of the City of New York. This shameful tragedy makes the stakes even more clear – we need to stop sending people to Rikers to die right now."
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What’s Louis Molina’s job? City Hall Won’t Say

By |2024-01-29T15:09:04-05:00January 4th, 2024|News|

Queens Eagle

“I think it's fair to say that since Molina was commissioner, he worked hard to stifle transparency  at DOC and hide the abuses as well,” said Darren Mack, the co-director of Freedom Agenda."
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City Expands Commission to Close Rikers

By |2024-01-29T15:27:30-05:00December 19th, 2023|News|

Queens Eagle

"The most important tangible step Mayor Adams can take to show his commitment to closing Rikers is to finally make this month’s land transfer deadline and start the process of closing jails like [the Anna M. Kross Center] that are not in current use...” [said] Darren Mack, the co-director of Freedom Agenda."
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