A new exhibition, accompanied by a series of events, examines the design, art, dance, and cultural work involved in the prison abolition movement’s organizing.
No New Jails
“If They Build It, They Will Fill It”: Prison Abolitionists Protest Outside the Ford Foundation
Over 50 protestors gathered outside the Ford Foundation’s Manhattan headquarters, responding to the foundation president’s statements in support of New York City’s plan to close Rikers Island prison complex and build smaller detention facilities in its place.
As Protest Gears Up, Over 100 Ford Fellows Criticize Ford Foundation President’s Support of Prisons to Replace Rikers [UPDATED]
In the open letter, they write, “The evidence is clear, more jails – no matter how ‘humane’ – lead to higher rates of incarceration, perpetuate the disruption of families (especially in communities of color), and are harmful to human health.”
NYC Mayor’s Office Proposes Four New Jails with Enhanced “Architecture and Design”
As part of its 10-year plan to close Rikers Island, the administration is planning new prisons with renovated design, but the proposal has been met with fierce disapproval from local residents and activists.