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Capital District Freedom tour
July 31, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Capital District Freedom tour on Friday, July 31st at 5:30 pm at the Rensselaer County Jail at 4000 Main Street, Troy, NY 12180
Sponsored by Troy Sanctuary Campaign, Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders, NYS Capital District Poor People’s Campaign, ICE-Free Capital District, and All Of Us
Join us Friday, July 31st at Rensselaer County Jail at 5:30 PM. We will gather outside a different jail throughout the region every Friday, showing that all cities are united. Join us on this Jails Tour as we share our demands for freedom, justice and equity that will bring the TRUE liberation we deserve. We need to invest in communities, not incarceration.
Let Our People Go!
*We will be wearing masks and practicing physical-distancing. We will have masks on site for all those who need them.*
This year, June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, was honored throughout the country by many different communities. Historically, Black and Brown communities have been the only ones to truly honor this day. Juneteenth commemorates the supposed end to slavery in the United States. We say it was a ‘supposed’ end to slavery because it would be absolutely wrong to suggest that Black, Brown, and Latinx individuals are liberated today. While slavery in the form it was once known may have ceased, it was replaced time and time again in different forms leading up to the the system of mass incarceration which we have today. The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, with New York State being one of the worst culprits.
Next year, Juneteenth will be considered a state-recognized holiday. Does it deserve to be a state-recognized holiday? Yes. Is making Juneteenth a holiday enough? Absolutely not. City Council members, Mayors, Sheriffs, Assemblymembers, Senators, and Governor Cuomo will have to do much more to rectify the damage caused by generations of racist policing and mass incarceration. Elected officials do not have to figure this out alone though. We’re here to let them know exactly what needs to be done.
We are here for the long fight ahead that will lead us to freedom.