No matter where you are right now, prisoners at Rikers Island need our help.
While we all hope that Hurricane Irene causes as little damage as possible, we need to act now to make sure New York City officials don’t literally leave prisoners behind in their evacuation planning. Right now there is no evacuation plan for Rikers Island – we need to change this immediately!
The action steps below are from our friends and allies in New York. Please read, act, and forward widely now!
Take Action for Rikers’ Island Prisoners: Demand the City Create an Emergency Evacuation Plan
Mayor Bloomberg has announced that in the event of a hurricane, that he will not evacuate prisoners at Rikers’ Island, claiming instead to have a “contingency plan” in place. The experience of prisoners in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina shows that city authorities will abandon the basic rights of prisoners in the face of disaster.
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 inthe event that other areas in Zone B or C around Rikers Island are evacuated.
Call NYC Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs at (212) 788-2485
(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:
-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 Vernon C. Bain Correction Center, suffer.