How Rikers Island Became a Vehicle for Justice (Once It Started Shutting Down)May 12, 2021
NYLPI is proud to join advocates like Pastoressa in not only moving to close the Rikers Island jails but also transform the facility into a space that will contribute to a greener and more just New York City. Converting Rikers Island by creating new infrastructure for green initiatives will reduce the burden on communities of color, disproportionately forced to live in hazardous health conditions – for example, because of polluting, fossil-fuel “peaker” power plants in their neighborhoods.
As the article highlights, three bills have recently passed as a result of the Renewable Rikers campaign that promise change beginning as soon as this summer. Most importantly, as Senior Supervising Counsel Melissa Iachán says in the article, “as the vision becomes more concrete, we want to ensure that, at every step, residents of environmental justice communities have a say, but even more so that survivors of Rikers who’ve returned home are leading the conversation.”
Access the full article here to learn more about the Renewable Rikers campaign.
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