The #CLOSERikers campaign highlights the voices of those who are negatively impacted by Rikers Island to close the jail and redirect resources into the communities most affected by New York’s justice system. In collaboration with the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice and artist Josh MacPhee, Amplifier hosted a series of workshops in 2016 with campaign leaders to brainstorm the language for MacPhee’s artwork. During the workshops, participants also learned how to screen print MacPhee’s graphic in order to keep promoting community-based organizing and solutions for a better New York — ones that build rather than tear communities apart through mass incarceration.

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