Prison Writes and JustLeadershipUSA visited with a group of young leaders in the Girls as Activists Leaders and Advocates (GALA) group at the Lower East Side Girls Club. Arnequa, Community Organizer from JustLeadershipUSA, outlined why the best way to solve the problem of Rikers Island injustice and violence is to #CloseRikers. We discussed impact on friends, families, individuals and community. We considered alterative ways to spend the $208,500. annual cost per person of keeping people locked up at Rikers. We talked about incarceration as human rights issue and a social justice issue.
The young ladies were so well informed and articulate. Thank you to The Lower East Side Girls Club for having us and providing this important space for these beautiful young minds to thrive.