Teams of community members, young people, formerly incarcerated people, and families will come together in neighborhoods across the city and state that are heavily impacted by incarceration to educate their communities about Drop the Rockâs campaign to downsize New Yorkâs prison system. Empowerment Day teams will register voters and gather signatures on Drop the Rockâs new petition calling for prison closures, reforms of policies like work release, parole, and merit time, full repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, and reinvestment in communities. Volunteers will petition in supermarkets, public housing lobbies, and on street corners in neighborhoods like Washington Heights, the South Bronx, Harlem, Crown Heights, Jamaica, Co-Op City, Downtown Brooklyn, Jackson Heights, Park Slope, and the Lower East Side, as well as in Hudson and Albany. Empowerment Day will be the first event following Drop the Rockâs successful trip to Albany where more than 400 advocates met with over 140 state leaders to call for prison downsizing. Now we are heading back to our own neighborhoods to build grassroots power in our communities. Will we be in your neighborhood? Register now by emailing us with your neighborhood of choice and contact information to help us bring Empowerment Day to your community. For more information, contact Caitlin Dunklee, Drop the Rock Coordinator, at 212- 254-5700 x.339, or [email protected], or see http://www.droptherock.org/.
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