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August 27, 2011

2011.08.27: Quick Web Action re: Rikers Island Evacuation Plan

Filed under: Civil Rights,Criminal Justice,Prisoners' Rights,Racism — nyclaw01 @ 2:11 pm

From: Letwin, Michael
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2011 2:11 PM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Quick Web Action re: Rikers Island Evacuation Plan

From: “Beth Baltimore”

Date: Aug 27, 2011 1:34 PM

Subject: quick web action re: Rikers Island evacuation plan

To: <>, “NLG NYC Anti-Racism Committee” <>

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: Ella Spottswood

Dear various NYC NLG-affiliated groups,

I hope you are all well and hunkered down for the upcoming storm.

I have come to understand that the city has no evacuation plan for some of its most vulnerable residents: those housed at Rikers Island and the Vernon C. Bain Correction Center (which is actually a floating barge)–or if they do, they’re not talking about it.  I propose a humble but fast web action to let them know we’re watching.  Here’s the plan:

1.  Go to  –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.

2.  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, many of whom have yet to face trial. Please do not let these individuals, or the ones at the nearby floating Vernon C. Bain Correction Center, suffer. Please repost.

3.  Spread the word and repost these instructions wherever good activists are found.  Posts can be made anonymously or with identifying details.

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