Justice 4 Women Task Force Rallies Outside Rikers Island

August 18, 2020

The Task Force stood in front of the Rikers Island sign at the entrance to the Rikers Island Bridge, calling for an end to abuse by Corrections staff and release for the women still detained at the Rose M. Singer Center

The women in our community need education and stability to thrive. Some are still carrying around the burden, hate, and anger of our ancestors. Rikers is not the place for them.

Tatiana, friend of Layleen Polanco, a trans woman who died in solitary on Rikers

On Tuesday, August 18, the 100th anniversary of the first woman to vote, the Justice 4 Women Task Force rallied outside of the Rikers Island sign to uplift the voices of women, past and present, who have survived detainment on Rikers. The Task Force also honored those we have lost due to Corrections brutality and the dangerous conditions in which people are detained on Rikers. Advocates and people directly impacted by the justice system joined in-person and on Zoom as speakers shared personal stories and chanted #WhatAboutHer? The Justice 4 Women Task Force has been hosting #WhatAboutHer rallies throughout the summer to draw attention to the stories of women harmed by police and Corrections brutality that are often overlooked. 

Stay up to date on the latest news from the Task Force by following them on Twitter. The Center for Justice is a proud partner in the collaborative efforts of the Task Force, which is comprised of many organizations and individuals in New York and surrounding areas that support incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. 

Group of women rallying outside Rikers Island sign