WHY WE MARCH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

Because over 80% of people held at Rikers, languishing as they await trial because they can’t afford bail, are people of color.

WHY WE MARCH

Because 40% of the people at Rikers Island have diagnosed mental health needs and are locked away in cells, instead of given treatment.

WHY WE MARCH

Because women held at Rikers are sexually abused by those that are supposed to protect them.

WHY WE MARCH

Because NY jails children--16 and 17 year olds--at Rikers where they face violence and abuse, returning to communites scarred and broken.

WHY WE MARCH

Because families struggle to visit their children, husbands, wives, partners, mothers, fathers, loved ones and friends, forced to take burdensome transportation, endure long waits and face abuse and strip searches by staff.

WE MARCH TO GIVE THE VOICELESS A VOICE
WE MARCH BECAUSE WE CAN
WE MARCH BECAUSE WE MUST
CLOSE RIKERS