A 2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion Concert

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The place was martiallawville two thousand and one
and everywhere I looked I saw people with guns
standing on the corner in uniforms
full of torture devices for if you stray from the norm
they’ll stop you over here and they’ll stop you over there 
they’ll stop you anywhere and they won’t even care
as they shake you down and throw you on the ground 
put their foot on you and then kick you around 
they’ll punch you and they’ll beat you till you’re almost dead
I couldn’t take it no more and so I said
No Police State. yeah, that’s right, no policy state. 
I screamed No Police State. No Police State. 

And so, I left the street and then I went to the store 
but as I walked through the metal detector
I could not get through because this man at the door
in a uniform called security 
with a criminal record worser than you and me
he took my bags and my belongings too
and he said the words we are surveiling you
with plain clothes spies and close circuit cameras
inspection devices and ten way mirrors
and so I started shopping from aisle to aisle
but I could hear them all the while
they murmured, they whispered and then they said
come with us your time is at hand
to be mocked, scourged, tried, tempted and afflicted
and crucified and persecuted in this wilderness 
I said to them deliver me I did not do a thing 
they said I did and that was it and so I screamed
No Police State. yeah, that’s right, no policy state
I screamed No Police State. No Police State.

And so, I went home and I felt secure
until the evil knocked at my door 
it was a legion of men it was an army 
and they called themselves the authority 
who were concerned for my safety 
so they said to me can we see some ID 
to use against you as you will see
our king he owns the land and he even owns you
so this is what we’re gonna do
they trashed my place, they tore it upside down
they took everything and then they threw it around 
then they wanted to put me under their care
cause it looked like I could not take care of my affairs 
so I took no further thought for what I was gonna say
cause they were gonna search and seize me anyway
and so I screamed, No Police State yeah that’s right, no policy state
I screamed No Police State. No Police State. 

And so I found myself attempting to sing part of that above No Police State Song at another one of Chris Flash’s The Shadow and Iconicide’s  2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion concert in Tompkins Square Park the other day, which was actually about a week ago, as it was that concert time of year again.  And it was mostly a punk rock concert with a few other speakers like Paul DeRienzoJerry Trudell, Warcry Priya and Father Patrick Moloney thrown in.  And I vended those DecorForU #blacklivesmatter, #occupywallstreet, #berniesanders and #theshadow necklaces, magnets and key chains for $1 each alongside those The Shadow t shirts and other merchandise as well.  And the Facebook event invite for that 2016 Tompkins Square Riot Reunion concert read something like:


The environment in NYC, and especially AlphaBet City and surrounding areas, was drastically different. The city had made it clear, its underclasses were to be disowned. Tent Cities had sprung up in local parks. Warehoused and abandoned buildings were siezed and turned into squats by neighborhood residents who had had enough with the empty myth of Upward Mobility and Trickledown Economics. People carved out livings for themselves, however spartan, to a degree and scope that today would be seen as unfathomable.

It was “necessary,” then, for the city to at once save face, and to punish such outright acts of autonomy. And so, after a “mini riot” staged by the NYPD in order to gauge public opinion, the full force of the Men in Blue was let loose on denizens of Tompkins Square Park, who had commited the unforgivable crime of having nowhere else to go, and, by default, on every human being found out past an arbitrary midnight curfew.

The tidal wave of subsequent complaints against the 9th Precinct, who had conscripted personnel from other precincts throughout the city, pale in comparison the the actual bloodshed of that long, hot night. Police on foot, on horseback, and in helicopters descended on the homeless, on visitors to the area, and on those who had just stepped out for some fresh air, Batons were swung, bones were broken, and many were bloodied by individuals who feared no reprisals for their actions, because their badges and identification had been blacked out. Imagine a sea of faceless blue berserkers, issued a simple order to use whatever force deemed necessary to cleanse the late night city streets, and you will only come close to the reality.

The Tompkins Square Park Police Riots were but one in a series of falling dominoes in a process of econimic and cultural whitewashing, which continues, in earnest, to this day. The shortsighted will say, what else is new; neighborhoods always change. But this change is far from organic. When an invading “culture” displaces the life’s blood of a formerly vibrant, inclusive and diverse community, it is nothing short of an act of War.

COME ON DOWN to Tompkins Square Park on August 6th and 7th, and shake hands with the ghosts of those who bled on these streets, and with those who STILL will not be moved.


August 6: Saturday (2:00-7:00pm)
> Simon Chardet
> The Coffin Daggers:
> Iconicide
> Nihilistics

August 7: Sunday (1:00-6:00pm)
> Jennifer Blowdryer Punk Soul
> Rockaway Bitch
> Love Pirates
> Sewage
> Hammerbrain

Brought to you by The SHADOW, Chris Iconicide, the undying spirit of Uncle Don Yippie and…. THOSE FUCKING ANARCHISTS!!

Information Is Strength. Knowledge Is Power.  Housing Is A Human Right. Free The Land.  Squat The World. And what, if anything does this have to do with a No Police State.

A Go Africa Harlem Street Festival

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Hey again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blog.  Okay, so in the age of social media web 2.0 user generated content, I have all of these photos sitting here from a few weeks ago or so, that just seem like they want to be shared on the internet somewhere, hence this blog post, again, in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blagh whenever bloggers block possible. 

And so there was a Go Harlem Street Festival 2016 the other day in that city of New York where I attempted to vend those DecorForU ‪#‎berniesanders‬, ‪#‎blacklivesmater‬,‪#‎occupywallstreet‬, ‪#‎brooklyn‬, ‪#‎harlem‬ and ‪#‎yoga‬ necklaces, magnets and key chains for $1 each as one of those vendors at this Harlem Street Festival.  And it seems like I may have spent more time attempting to take photos of Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Bourough President, and Charles Rangel, a member of Congress, who were speaking at this festival, as in some of those photos that find themselves posted above, then attempting to vend that jewelry.  And according to that Go Africa Network Facebook page post that reads something like:

“We would like to thank Gale Brewer, Michael Blake, Senator Adriano Espaillat, Charles Rangel, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, Carl E. Heastie, Healthfirst, D.j. Henri,African diaspora parade1, NY African Restaurant Week, Foundation for a Drug Free World, IDNYC, Carver Federal Savings Bank, CUNY Citizenship Now, MoneyGram Africa and American Red Cross for their participation and support of the Go Africa Harlem 2016 street festival on 7/16/2016. We are looking forward to the next street festival on 7/15/2017. visitwww.GoAfricaHarlem.org for more information.”

And according to that  Go Africa Network 2016 website page, they were proud to announce a lot of people, politicians, musicians, vendors and beyond and more to this event, as their description of this Harlem Street Festival read as follows:

Street festival aims to support black-owned businesses in Harlem and New York City in general

 New York, NY — The second annual Go Africa Harlem Street Festival will be held Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 116th Street within the boundaries of Adam Clayton Powell and Frederick Douglass boulevards in Harlem.

The festival will include live music and dance, African food and beverages, African-American food and beverages, clothing and apparel, health and wellness services, financial services such as banking and insurance, city agency services in areas such as immigration, housing and social services, taste tests and giveaways.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, a sponsor and supporter of the festival, will serve as the grand marshal for the event.

 Shaun King, senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and a prominent civil rights activist known for his use of social media to shed light on social causes, will serve as Co-cost for the event with  Charlene (“Charlie”) Cooper from WFXR, Fox News

 Some of the restaurants that will be participating in New York African Restaurant Week (NYARW) 2016, will be in attendance. A Taste of Africa, a community-based organization dedicated to promoting the best of African cuisine and culture that organizes the annual NYARW, is among the supporters of the event.

Other sponsors and supporters include the Consulate General of Senegal in New York; Association Nationale des Senegalais d’Amérique; Manhattan Community Board 10 and the Honorable Professor Michael John Downie, chairman of the CB10’s Arts and Culture Committee; the Delegate General of Côte d’Ivoire; the Permanent Mission of Guinea to the United Nations; New York State Assemblyman Keith Wright; Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and his African Advisory Council; Souleimane Konaté, imam of the Masjid Aqsa Mosque in Harlem; New York City Civil Court Judge W. Franc Perry; New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat; Manhattan Borough President Brewer’s Immigrant Task Force; and Halstead Property.

And what a great Go Africa Harlem Street Festival day this was indeed.  Have a Great Harlem Street Festival day and more. 







Another Patriotic Holiday

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The only thing constant is change and some stories do not end as you expect. And as I was wandering throughout the streets on this day, all of the activities and advertisements in the stores seem to point to the latest buy everything for this holiday day of the day.  And July 4th was this holiday.  Another one of those red, white and blue flag waving holidays, similar to those holidays of Memorial Day and Veterans day, where the patriots come out in force to wave those American flags.  And though that photo in this blog post above doesn’t really have anything to do with July 4th, it was taken on that July 4th weekend during that one day road trip in that state of New York near that town of Beacon, New York on the roadside towards that 2016 Vermont Annual Rainbow Gathering, that I never seemingly made it to, though attempted.  And even at one of those hippie peace and love gatherings, this is also what a police state looks like, with a description of that event that reads something like:

We will gather peacefully for silent meditation in the morning of July 4th, 2016 until noon; and a peaceful assembly of free speech and expression from July 1st through the end of Vision Counsel; in the public lands of the White and Green Mountains National Forests in the states of Vermont, Maine or New Hampshire

We, who are brothers & sisters, children of God, families of life on earth, friends of nature & of all people, children of humankind calling ourselves Rainbow Family Tribe, humbly invite:

  •     All races, peoples, tribes, communes, men, women, children, individuals — out of love.
  •     All nations & national leaders — out of respect
  •     All religions & religious leaders — out of faith
  •     All politicians — out of charity

 to join with us in gathering together for the purpose of expressing our sincere desire that there shall be peace on earth, harmony among all people. & to hold open worship, prayer, chanting or whatever is the want or desire of the people, for three days, but upon the fourth day of July at noon to ask that there be a meditative, contemplative silence wherein we, the invited people of the world may consider & give honor & respect to anyone or anything that has aided in the positive evolution of humankind & nature upon this, our most beloved & beautiful world — asking blessing upon we people of this world & hope that we people can effectively proceed to evolve, expand, & live in harmony & peace.

Feel free to arrive a few weeks early to create the gathering and/or stay a few weeks late to clean it all up.

Welcome Home.

And so here is another one of those recycle this blagh July 4th blog posts in an attempt to maintain content for this blog and my other blog whenever bloggers block possible because hey, it’s less writing sometimes.

The 4th of July Again

And here on this day is another one of those holidays that seem to repeat itself each year as if to say same holiday, different year, so much that I find myself reposting those holiday blog entries again, as this blog seems as if it wants to repeat itself sometimes over the days, months, years, centuries and infinity, maybe:

It’s July 4th again. Another one of those national American patriotic holidays that is celebrated and observed only in America and nowhere else in the world. And what does the word “Patriotic” mean anyway? And for what reason does the word patriot have the word riot in it. And that “Parens Patriae” government as parent, father of a country sovereign guardianship of property thing, what’s that all about? And for what reason does the phrase Parens Patriae have the word patriot in it. That could be a whole another blog post of isms of some sort. And it’s that time of year again when the image of the American flag is worshiped and honored for whatever the reason may be and more patriotic songs are sung and more pledging of allegiance to the flags are pledged. Didn’t the flag waving just end last month with Memorial May, the other ultimate patriotic American holiday? And what is being celebrated this time? I can’t remember the meaning of July fourth. Doesn’t it have something to do with freedom or the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia? I am not sure if anyone is free when others are oppressed and civil liberties are disappearing at the speed of light in the name of “Security and terrorism” and now, the latest trend “Plots”. Although the show business of fireworks for pyrotechnics of peace and war for this day can be really cool to look at and the rooftop parties can be fun. Again, I should consult Wikipedia, the ultimate internet bible to understand the meaning of this holiday. Happy July 4th, great travels, fireworks, barbecues, beachgoing and picnics.

And this one also…..


Today is July 4th. The fourth of July. It’s a day when there will be lots of events, celebrations, parties, barbeque’s and outdoor activities going on. Have you ever thought about the amount of plastic that will be disposed of today in all of this activity? Have you taken time to think of where that plastic cup or bag goes when you throw it in the garbage. As most of the parties today will most likely not be contributing to the recycling program. There are countries in Europe that impose a plastic bag tax, PlasTax of .5 cents for every plastic bag you receive to discourage the frivolous use of plastic. Ireland has reduced their consumption of plastic bags by 90 percent as a result. As New York City is contemplating a plastic ban, the plastic pimper corporations are not. America is drowning in plastic. As I have mentioned before, the evils of plastic are many. It is a non biodegradable object fueling the petroleum oil industry. The health hazards of plastic are many. Greenhouse gas emissions have run amok. Drains are being clogged and drain flooding is increasing. The birds of the earth are dying and choking from it and people are suffocating from it. For what reason is not a more natural material and product being created to replace plastic? If you are at a party today, consider the environment. Consider reusing your cup or your bag today. Go Green. And what does this have to do with a No Police State? Happy July 4th.




A Bushwick Arts Festival And Block Party


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And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street Day one thousand and something, I think. And Occupy Wall Street and that all things police brutality and beyond movement Black Lives Matter are still moving fast. And in an attempt to maintain web 2.0 social media user generated content for this blog andmy other blagh whenever blaghers block possible, I find myself posting about all things current events, headline news and other random thoughts of the day on this day. And so I found myself attempting to vend DecorForU ‪#‎berniesanders‬ , ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬, ‪#‎occupywallstreet‬ , ‪#‎nopolicestate‬ , ‪#‎brooklyn‬ and ‪#‎bushwick‬ necklaces, magnets and key chains for $1 each @ the intersection of Troutman St and Wyckoff Ave, which actually became Starr Street and Wyckoff Avenue, as part of Bushwick Arts Festival 2016, also known as Bushwick Open Studios and a 5th Annual Bushwick Collective Block Partyjust yesterday, to be found in that rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn to be found in that city of New York as in those photos and video that find themselves posted above. And if I must blogger say, that all things art, graffiti and more event was really cool. And so those Facebook event invites for those Facebook events that find themselves posted above read something like as follows: 

Bushwick Arts Festival 2016
June 3 – June 5

Brooklyn, New York 11206
A free art festival in Bushwick & East Williamsburg!
200+ artists across 30 locations
Saturday, June 4 at 10 AM – 7 PM in EDT
The Bushwick Collective
Troutman Street at Saint Nicholas Ave. , Brooklyn, New York  11237
Join us SATURDAY JUNE 4th 2016 to celebrate the 5th Year Anniversary Block Party 


LIVE Performances By: JADAKISS

Lil Waah
Chris Rivers
Joell Ortiz
Dave East
Sun voyager
Lauren Flax
God tiny

50 Graffitti and Street Artists painitng live on buildings



Body Painting by PineapplePainting





Wyckoff Heights Medical Center – Parsons School of Design – The New School – The New School x The Bushwick Collective Art Exhibition + Live Music – Nooklyn – Montana’s Trail House – KOBRA Paint USA – Kobra paint – Mana Urban Arts – Mana Contemporary – Mana Wynwood – #EBCcapital –#theJEFFERSON – #KINSEYcapital – Egg Shell Stickers – Lot 45 Bushwick – The Rookery – The Bodega – – #OAKBEVERAGES


Have a great Bushwick Brooklyn,  art, party and beyond day.

A May Day Rain Show

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Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And so this post happens to be about vending a DecorForU rain sale of ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬, ‪#‎occupywallstreet‬, ‪#‎berniesanders‬ ‪#‎nopolicestate‬ and ‪#‎theshadow‬ necklaces, magnets and key chains @ Mayday Space @ MAY DAY CELEBRATION: block party, classes, film & community dinner for when singing that no police state song @ May Day PUNK Show at Tompkins Square gets rained out, cancelled or postponed. And as I had blaghed in that previous blog post about a May Day PUNK Show at Tompkins Square, there was supposed to be a May Day show at Tompkins Square Park in that city of New York yesterday. Well it got rained out and rescheduled for next weekend and I found myself vending those all things Bernie Sanders and more necklaces at May Day Space MAY DAY CELEBRATION: block party, classes, film & community dinner instead, as in those photos that find themselves posted above. And if I must blagher say, Mayday Space is this really cool space in Bushwick Brooklyn that has all things save the world events and more. And how those other May Day outdoor events in the New York City area faired in this May Day rain weather I am not sure, but in case you happen to be interested, this MAY DAY NYC 2016 WEEKEND ROUND-UP list may tell you below:

April 30: EDUCATE

—- 11:30am-6:30pm: LIBERATION LAB! 5th annual May Day Free University w. Rename&Reclaim / 5to Primero de Mayo de la Universidad Libre con Renombrar y Reclamar (Washington Square Park, Manhattan)
—- 2-6pm: Día Internacional de las Trabajadoras – International Workers Day (Brook Park, South Bronx)
—- 7pm: Anthology: Crown Heights (Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave, Brooklyn. Also performing on May 1 @2pm)
—- 7pm-2am: SATURDAY: May Day Eve – Verso Party (20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn)
—- 12pm: 2016 May Day at Union Square (Union Square, Manhattan) –> 2:45pm march to Washington Square to join 3pm 5th Annual Immigrant Worker Justice Tour! (Washington Square Park, Manhattan)
—- 12-6pm: Vendy Plaza at La Marqueta – Opening Day (1590 Park Ave, Manhattan)
—- 12:30pm: Support Striking Verizon Wireless Workers on May Day(8524 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn)
—- 1pm: May Day PUNK Show at Tompkins Square (Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan)
—- 2-4pm: Solidarity Economy Walking Tour (Brooklyn Commons @388 Atlantic Ave)
—- 2-8:30pm: MAY DAY CELEBRATION: block party, classes, film & community dinner (Mayday Space @176 St. Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn)
—- 3-7pm: International Worker’s May Day Speakout in the Hood! – ¡Manifestación para El Día Internacional de los Trabajadores en el Barrio!(Kingsbridge Armory, 29 W Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx)
—- 5-8pm: Soñamos Sentirnos Libres : Under Construction Opening (Interference Archive, 131 8th St, Brooklyn)
—- 6pm: May Day Noise Demo in Solidarity With Prison Strikers and Akai Gurley (Metropolitan Correctional Center, Manhattan)
—- 8pm: Queers for Flint: A May Day After Party (Silent Barn 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn)
And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.  Have a great day after May Day and more.

A House Of Yes Shwick Market


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And even when that Google Page Rank Update still wants to send me in search of a fifth full time job for when that get rich internet quick does not get rich internet quick, I still find myself blaghing about events, events, and more events on this blog. And so I have been attempting to vend that DecorForU jewelry to try and sell those #blacklivesmatter and #berniesandersforpresident! necklaces, I guess. And so in that latest attempt to sell that handmade jewelry, I came across that Shwick Spring Market Facebook event invite in facebookland that read something like:

A Crop of Creative Makers Bringing You The Freshest Product

APPLY NOW TO SELL at http://shwick.us/apply.html

Join us at the House of YES as we host a bunch of creative makers of all sorts of stuff, from clothes to toys, jewelry, food, art and more!

Groove to Tunes by Sam Rad

Some of the makers…

Sunflower Pipes
Color Me Chad LLC
Pierre’s Spicy
SAS Quiltz and other stuff.
Peppa Jewelry
Michael Krasowitz
Strange Vixens Inc
Scavenger Shop by SL
Bread x Butta
Graff Names
Tuxedo Cat Designs
Lovely Sunday
OOO Foods
Jeni Lynn Arts
Shino NYC
Cee Cee’s Closet NYC
Zen Art & Design, Inc.
Metrix Jewelry
Taproot Organics
Lorraine Khalil
Divya Candles
Bottle Charms
Made Here
Legalize Your Mind
Brick and Hoarder
Decor For You
Schizophrenic NYC
Andrew Andrew
Revolt Vintage
Reiki Healing by Nicole
3D Brooklyn
Michael Krasowitz
Mousei Bear

And so I applied for one of those sidewalk tables and paid that vendors fee to sell at that Shwick Spring Market in hopes that it wouldn’t rain and you would make that vendors fee back in sales on that day you decided to vend on the sidewalk in front of House of Yes, the coolest art space and performance venue ever that seems to be all burlesque and beyond to be found in that rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Bushwick Brooklyn, now called East Williamsburg or Billyburgwick or something like that, for real estate marketing purposes maybe, to be found in that city of New York. And if I must blogger say, those artist markets, or flea markets of just markets where people vend, rock, with all of the handmade arts and crafts and designer stuff to be found.  And according to Markets of New York City, there appears to be no end to these kind of markets in New York City.  And what else is there that I can say about vending and markets that has not already been said in vendors and market time as in those photos and videos from that Shwick Spring Market that find themselves posted above, I am not exactly sure, except have a great market day and more. 

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A Rally To Shut Down Rikers Island

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And on this day finds itself as Occupy Wall Street day one thousand and something, I think.  And Occupy Wall Street and that all things police brutality and beyond movement Black Lives Matter, are still moving fast. And in case you haven’t heard, the Calls To Close Down Rikers Island Are Getting Louder to where even government officials are addressing the topic of closing down Rikers Island.  And in case you have been hiding out under a rock or stuck in the stone age and haven’t heard again, Rikers Island is this infamous prison, or jail, located in New York City that can be compared to Abu Ghraib, a torture chamber, a concentration camp, a place with no oversight, where you have to worry for your life from the guards more so than the prisoners themselves. And Rikers Island was named after Richard Riker, who sent bounty hunters to the south to collect slaves. And a modern day slave plantation Rikers Island is. And so there has been a March to Shut Down Rikers Island protest, a A Rise Up October Rikers Island Protest and other protests held recently around Shutting Rikers Island Down.  And so just yesterday, Campaign to Shut Down Rikers held a Rally at Mayor de Blasios office to #ShutDownRikers! at New York City Hall to Shut down Rikers.   Justice for Kalief Browder. And that Facebook event invite for this event read something like:

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has called closing Rikers a “good concept” but that we need to “get real”…while he authorizes $1 billion per year to run a racist torture chamber infamous for its culture of violence: Rikers Island jail complex.

For the 11,000 people locked up on Rikers, “getting real” means an immediate end to solitary confinement, the immediate shutdown of Rikers, and full divestment of the city’s $1 billion from mass incarceration. Instead, our campaign demands investments into our communities in the form of community-based social services, mental health care, rehabilitation, and due process protections.

Recent debate among elected officials about shutting Rikers shows—finally—acknowledgment of govt. responsibility for failing practices within the criminal (in)justice system. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have voiced support for closing Rikers Island, a jail notorious for countless acts of brutality and bloodshed at the hands of correction officers. 90% of people detained on Rikers are Black or Brown, 80% could walk free if they had bail money, and 85% are awaiting trial or their next court appearance, not convicted of any crime. 40% of people held there suffer from mental health issues and need care not cages. Rikers has failed the people of NYC for far too long.
Join Akeem Browder, brother of Kalief Browder, and the Campaign to Shut Down Rikers:

Tuesday, February 23rd at 9 AM
City Hall – East side entrance at Park Row

Bill de Blasio: There is nothing unrealistic about shutting down Rikers. The time to close the racist torture chamber called Rikers Island is now!

Endorsed by (in aphabetical order): ICE FREE NYC, Incarcerated Nation Corp., International Socialist Organization (NYC), Millions March NYC, New Yorkers Against Bratton, NY Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement, NYC Jails Action Coalition, NYC Shut It Down, People’s Power Assembly NYC, and more TBA
#ShutDownRikers #Justice4Kalief #BlackLivesMatter

And what, if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.