My Son’s Pretrial Incarceration Shows Everything Wrong with the System

By |2022-06-27T13:45:51+00:00June 17th, 2022|Press|

Gotham Gazette

"Now my son is considering taking a plea. It’s really tempting – he wants to be home, and he especially wants to get out of Rikers. But it’s not fair. My son, like so many others, was harassed by the police for being homeless, held for ransom by a judge, and denied due process by guards who don’t care about doing their jobs. Where’s the justice in that?" - Freedom Agenda Member, P. Mass
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Dartmouth Student Prison Initiative hosts virtual webinar, “The Crisis at Rikers Island: A Call to End Mass Incarceration”

By |2022-03-07T20:15:19+00:00March 1st, 2022|Press|

The Dartmouth

“Co-head of DSPI Esme Lee ’24, who organized the webinar, said that she reached out to The Freedom Agenda –– an advocacy group pursuing decarceration and investments in communities disrupted by punishment –– to see what DSPI could do on campus to advocate for the end to mass incarceration.”
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Protesters demand jail closure after Rikers inmate dies

By |2022-03-07T14:23:54+00:00February 28th, 2022|Press|

CBS News 12

“For them to sit here in the conditions that they are - any human being - it becomes an issue of human rights. It’s no longer a thing of right and wrong. The basic needs need to be met,” said Hope Sanders from Freedom Agenda.
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Advocates press on for population reduction at Rikers

By |2022-03-07T14:21:02+00:00February 28th, 2022|Press|

NYN Media

“I was a teenager when I spent 19 months on Rikers Island, when the population was over 21,000. It was a crisis back then. Decades of lack of transparency, decades of lack of accountability contributed to the crisis. And the pandemic exacerbated the crisis. Jail guards not going to work exacerbated the crisis” said Darren Mack, formerly incarcerated activist and organizer at the Freedom Agenda."
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Organizers are demanding release for people at Rikers Island after photos reveal gruesome conditions

By |2022-03-07T20:18:11+00:00February 25th, 2022|Press|

Prism

“Darren Mack, who is the co-director of Freedom Agenda, the leader of the coalition that forms the Campaign to Close Rikers, spent 19 months at Rikers when he was just 17 years old in 1992... 'Rikers is managed through terror, through brutality,' Mack said. 'The same thing that was plaguing  Rikers Island then is plaguing Rikers Island now.'”
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Advocates call on city to meet hunger striking detainees’ demands

By |2022-01-24T15:11:38+00:00January 14th, 2022|Press|

Queens Daily Eagle

“Darren Mack, the co-director of the Freedom Agenda, said that he worries the city will respond to the hunger strike the way New York State responded to striking incarcerated people at Attica Correctional Facility in 1971, an incident that led to the deaths of over 40 people, including 33 detainees.”
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Trinity Church Awards to Multiple Downtown Public-Service Groups

By |2022-01-24T15:24:04+00:00January 13th, 2022|Press|

The Broadsheet

"A contribution (of $150,000) went to the Freedom Agenda project at the Urban Justice Center (located on Rector Street), which seeks to empower formerly incarcerated individuals.”
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Advocates Call On New York City To Remove People From Rikers Island As City Council Convenes On Crisis

By |2021-09-20T15:55:51+00:00September 20th, 2021|Press|

CBS News

This city is incapable of protecting the people in their custody. So then no one should be in their custody,” said Brandon Holmes of Freedom Agenda.
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Hundreds of New City Jail Officers for Rikers Put Detainee Advocates on Guard

By |2021-07-26T12:51:21+00:00July 11th, 2021|Press|

The City

Sarita Daftary, co-director of Freedom Agenda, an Urban Justice Center project that advocates for decarceration, argued that the high AWOL rate makes it “harder for [the officers] who do show up for work — and of course, dangerous for the incarcerated people who aren’t getting to their court dates, to visits, to medical, to commissary, aren’t getting mail, and all other kinds of human rights abuses.”
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