Posted on June 20, 2018
Juneteenth protest in lower Manhattan calls for end to ‘jail crisis’
#JUNETEENTH TODAY we protest to #FREEnewyork.
*25K NYers jailed statewide.
*70% legally innocent.
Our electeds have a duty to end NYS’s jail crisis & ensure that ALL people have a fair shot at justice – not just the wealthy. Join us: https://t.co/0YozgTkfoj @NYGovCuomo pic.twitter.com/DVExYsauky
— NY Communities (@nychange) June 19, 2018
About 100 protesters gathered around 5:30 p.m. at the site of the New York City African Burial Ground in front of the New York City Criminal Court building to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to pass legislation that eliminates cash bail and helps protect against wealth- and race-based discrimination in the criminal justice system. Members of Justice Leadership USA, Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Bronx Freedom Fund, Citizen Action of New York, Latino Justice, New York Communities for Change and VOCAL-New York were in attendance.
Juneteenth marks the anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the United States, but organizers of a protest in lower Manhattan on Tuesday argued slavery persists in the form of mass incarceration.
Speakers told their stories of incarceration through a megaphone to a crowd of protesters wearing neon orange shoestrings around their wrists and necks as symbols of solidarity with those in prison.
They chanted: “No money bail, de-carcerate the jails” and “Emancipation, we need it now, we gonna tear this racist system down.”