Rikers Island is home to one of the largest urban jails in the United States. It has a long and troubling history of subjecting detainees, largely Black and Latino people predominantly from low-income communities to inhumane conditions. And things have only become worse as the COVID-19 pandemic has torn through prisons across the country.
But legislation on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desk right now would not only close the doors of Rikers jails by August 2027, it would pave the way for the island to be transformed with modern, pollution-reducing infrastructure. “Renewable Rikers” will mean investments in renewable energy, composting, wastewater treatment, and the creation of well-paid, green jobs for New Yorkers.
Send a message urging Mayor de Blasio to vote YES on this critical Renewable Rikers legislation.
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Send a message urging Mayor Bill de Blasio to sign into law the “Renewable Rikers” legislation to transform Rikers Island from an inhumane jail complex to a showcase of sustainable green development.
Mayor de Blasio
Sign the "Renewable Rikers" legislation into law
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