WATCH: Rally and press event at Sing Sing CF, April 3, 2020 featuring formerly incarcerated speakers, family members, advocates demanding #ClemencyNow #LetThemGo in light of COVID-19
Photo: In August, 2018, Community advocates rallied to memorialize John MacKenzie and demand that Governor Cuomo ensure no more elders die behind bars awaiting release on parole
A picture from the wonderful RAPP & Parole Preparation Project training for families, May 3rd, 2018
RAPP’s Jose Saldana, Mujahid Farid, and David George on “Getting Out Gray,” podcast on elder reentry in the series, “Gray Area” (Soundcloud)
RAPP and Senator Kevin Parker talk about “Prison, Parole, and Justice” on Albany’s Capital Tonight (March 26, 2018)
WATCH Melissa Tanis & Dave George at Columbia School of Social Work – the essential RAPP presentation, with facts, reason, and heart
Video, “Second Looks, Second Chances” from Penn Law – shows how Life Without Parole Sentences don’t help public safety, don’t help survivors of crime, but hurt the effort to end mass incarceration.
Formerly incarcerated people (including RAPP) testify at City Council Aging Committee hearing on the CARE Act (Compassion & Assistance for Returning Elders), a bill to institute an elder reentry taskforce (testimony begins at about 1:46:00)
New photos by RAPP’s Dan Rous from the May 10th Advocacy and Protest Day in Albany
From WGXC/Hudson, NY – this radio program, with Mujahid Farid of RAPP, Jamie Fellner of Human RIghts Watch, Marc Mauer of the Sentencing Project, and Edward Hammock, former chair of the NY Parole Board, aired in April, 2014, but we just got the audio. Well worth listening to; sadly, the problems discussed have not changed.
RAPP at the North Star Fund gala on April 18, 2017 – Mujahid Farid delivered a “Voices of North Star” address. Rashad Robinson, of Color of Change, received a North Star Award.
RAPP letter in the NY Times: Elderly and in Prison
The advocacy group Release Aging People in Prison writes that unless release mechanisms are used and expanded, the prison population will not shrink.
“New York’s Parole Problem” (audio, 27 minutes), on the Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC radio, December 9, 2016
Watch these short trailers for “The Waiting” – a film by Murat Can Bilgincan featuring RAPP’s Abdul Rahman (James Davis), released after 45 years in NY prisons
From the Maryland RAPP Chapter: Women in Need of Freedom (first in a series) – Eraina Pretty
Eraina Pretty today (left) and at her arrest in 1978
Watch former Black Panther Party member and long-held political prisoner Sekou Odinga on Democracy Now, talking about the remaining (and elder) political prisoners
“StoryCorps Podcast, Mujahid & Gabriel” – RAPP’s Mujahid Farid in conversation with gabriel sayegh of the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice
On Tuesday, September 13, 2016, RAPP joined Beyond Attica, Incarcerated Nation, and Critical Resistance to talk about the campaign to release incarcerated people and close prisons in New York State. Listen to the 57-minute discussion.
Some pictures from RAPP’s event with Queens Community Board 12, July 9, 2016 (more coming soon)—and WATCH the video of the morning plenary session:
RAPP mourns the passing of Mohaman Koti, an elder who served nearly 40 years in prison, mostly in New York state. Watch a short interview made by RAPP’s Mujahid Farid shortly after Mr. Koti’s release from prison in March, 2016. Read about Mr. Koti in a New York Times article from 2013, when the New York parole board denied his repeated applications for release.
Watch the short video, Life Outside: Rosalie Comes Home, featuring RAPP member Rosalie Cutting.
LISTEN: RAPP lead organizer Mujahid Farid talks about RAPP, the Correctional Association of NY, parole, and justice.
Watch The Nature of the Crime: the story of New York’s dysfunctional parole system by the Parole Justice Now! coalition.
Mrs. Rose Laborde, 90 years old, describes the challenges of having a son in prison. Her son, Abdullah Majid, has served more than 30 years.
Photos of rally for clemency at the home of Gov. Cuomo
NEW!! What’s Race Got to Do With It? Race, Slavery & Mass Incarceration by Mujahid Farid
Photos and video of 3/28/14 Symposium at Columbia Univ. Mailman School of Public Health – watch the video: Reducing Incarceration: Endless Punishment, Long-Term Sentences, and Aging in Prison, OR Release & Reentry
MORE VIDEO: March 8, 2014: Our Elders Behind Bars, Our Families Divided panel Speakers: Larry White, Tyrrell Muhammad, Ariane Davisson, Laura Whitehorn (Moderator) Beyond the Bars: Breaking Through conference