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RALLY IN SUPPORT OF HUNGER STRIKERS AT RIKERS ISLAND ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2022

The Fortune Society, joined by elected officials and advocates, will rally outside of Rikers Island on Thursday, January 13 in support of incarcerated individuals who have launched a hunger strike in protest of conditions and food at the facility.

JoAnne Page, President and CEO of The Fortune Society said, “The unfolding hunger strike at the Robert N. Davoren Center (RNDC), one of eight jails on Rikers Island, is another example of why the humanitarian crisis at Rikers must be addressed immediately. While the surge in COVID-19 cases among people detained at Rikers may require certain measures to protect the health of staff and other detained people, timely access to medical care, regular recreation, and contact with defense attorneys and loved ones must never be denied.

The Department of Correction and the officers’ union must provide adequate staffing of all posts across Rikers to ensure safe operations and conditions. With over 50 years of experience working with people in jails and prisons and upon their reentry, the Fortune Society knows that smart, effective, and humane correctional practice does not compromise on the basics of keeping people safe and healthy. We stand with the men in RNDC who are taking this collective action out of desperation, and their loved ones.”

Who: Members of The Fortune Society, advocates, and elected officials, including New York City Councilmembers Shekar Krishnan and Carmen De La Rosa

What: Rally in support of incarcerated individuals on a hunger strike at Rikers Island

Where: Entrance to Rikers Island at Hazen Street and 19th Avenue in Queens

When: Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST

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