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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How Rikers Island Became a Vehicle for Justice (Once It Started Shutting Down)

By |2021-05-05T19:42:45+00:00May 3rd, 2021|Press|

NRDC

In 2016, Pastoressa joined a small but rapidly growing group of advocates, including formerly incarcerated people and their families, in calling for the complete closure of the Rikers Island jail complex. Soon after, she became a leader in the movement to close Rikers, and later one of the founding members of Freedom Agenda, a project of the Urban Justice Center helping to organize the fight to dismantle New York City’s unjust incarceration system
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Newly Public Jail Disciplinary Records Reveal Repeat Use-Of-Force Violations With Few Consequences

By |2021-05-05T19:30:40+00:00April 12th, 2021|Press|

Gothamist

“The 50-a data shows that the so-called reforms at DOC is just rhetoric,” said Darren Mack, a co-director of Freedom Agenda at Urban Justice Center. “And it's evidence of what advocates and survivors of Rikers already knew. That the brutality and violence will not be eliminated until there’s a total dismantling of DOC.”
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Freedom Agenda Member OP-ED: Come together from opposite sides of the jail bars

By |2021-05-10T16:26:19+00:00April 9th, 2021|Press|

NY Daily News

As an advocate for closing Rikers Island, I encounter a common assumption: that correction officers are our main opposition. But when we look beyond the badges, we see that many officers are people of color from the same communities as those in the jails. Could we, together, envision good jobs that aren’t dependent on mass incarceration?
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Community Reinvestment is Key to Repairing Harms of Incarceration

By |2021-04-06T09:48:44+00:00April 6th, 2021|News, Press|

City Limits

This week, after a year-long delay, a commission to make recommendations on reinvestment in communities impacted by Rikers Island will convene for its first meeting. The work of this commission is essential and long overdue.
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Closing Rikers Will Take Courage

By |2021-02-01T21:40:20+00:00January 29th, 2021|News, Press|

Queens Daily Eagle

I’ve been incarcerated in the jails on Rikers, and in the Queens jail before it was closed. All of them are decrepit dungeons unfit for human beings. As a member of Freedom Agenda and leader in the movement to close Rikers, I have fought to reduce incarceration in every way possible.
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Gracie Mansion protesters demand Rikers Island reforms, justice for NYC jail prisoners during Human Rights Week march

By |2021-01-27T15:34:16+00:00December 12th, 2020|News, Press|

The Daily News

“Rikers is a human rights crisis,” said organizer Darren Mack of Freedom Agenda NYC. “We are here today standing with family members of people who had died on Rikers. We are here today with survivors of Rikers Island.”
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