No New Jails NYC - The Art & Design of a Movement
December 5, 2019 — January 15, 2020
ABC No Rio in Exile at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space
155 Avenue C (bet. 9th + 10th Streets)
OPENING: December 5 at 7:00pm
VIEWING HOURS: Tues, Thrs - Sun, noon to 6:00pm
No New Jails NYC (NNJ) is a multiracial, intergenerational network of residents, community members, and activists committed to a safer NYC free of confinement and surveillance and filled with opportunities for all people to thrive. Over the course of a year, No New Jails has built on a long, gorgeous legacy of abolitionist and new economic activism in New York City by organizing people against the Mayor's jail expansion plan. Design, art, movement, dance, and cultural work have been critical to No New Jails NYC's organizing: to imagine and visualize safety without prisons or police; to distribute and center the imaginations of our incarcerated comrades; to communicate and conduct outreach across the city; to celebrate and archive our work while doing political education; and to make the goal of a jail-free NYC recognizable and attainable. Artists, filmmakers, poets and many many more people have contributed their work to the campaign, moved both by the promises of abolition and the passion of NNJ organizers.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with a cohort of billionaire funders, foundations, developers, and nonprofits, has been pushing forward the construction of four new jails in NYC -- in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Harlem -- for 11 billion dollars, passing it off as a plan to Close Rikers. Not only does the plan not close Rikers, it moves more people into the notorious jail while the new jails are built. The City Council and City Planning Commission approved the land use application submitted by the City in October, 2019, but the jails haven't been built yet -- nor will they ever be built. This is why we continue to say No New Jails, and that we must Close Rikers Now, because We Keep Us Safe, until we get to a Jail-Free NYC with resourced and thriving communities.
This ABC No Rio in Exile exhibition funded in part by the New York State Council on Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the William Talbot Hillman Foundation.