Rikers Island Prisoners: "Locked Up & Left Behind" -- What you should do now
We can’t let Bloomberg get away with this!
(1.) Demand the city create an emergency evacuation plan by 5pm today to evacuate prisoners at Rikers Island in the event that other areas in Zone B or C around Rikers Island are evacuated. Mayor Bloomberg has announced that in the event of a hurricane, that he will not evacuate prisoners at , claiming instead to have a “contingency plan” in place. The experience of prisoners in during Hurricane Katrina shows that city authorities will abandon the basic rights of prisoners in the face of disaster.
Call NYC Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs at
(2.) Call on NY1 to investigate the status of the “contingency plan” for Rikers Island prisoners:
(3.) Submit evacuation plan demand to city’s website:
-Go to http://nycsevereweather.crowdmap.com/reports/submit/ --this is a website set up by the city for people to submit weather-related service problems. Locate Rikers Island on the map and drag the red marker there.
-Copy and paste this text (or write your own!):
Title: Evacuation plan needed
The city has no evacuation plan for Rikers Island, despite its low elevation and its nearly 13,000 prisoners. Please do not let these individuals, or the ones at the nearby floating C. Bain Correction Center, suffer.
(4.) Please repost:
Locked Up and Left Behind: New York's Prisoners and Hurricane Irene
by James Ridgeway and Jean Casella