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Jolene Russ
12:57
Deadass
Jolene Russ
13:04
Pure NYer
Jolene Russ
13:32
I wanna move to the Bronx now!
LEGACIE LEGACIE
18:56
MORNING YALL
laura whitehorn
19:20
WiFi has been going in and out in Washington Heights too.
Katie Schaffer
20:15
Run of show:
Katie Schaffer
20:16
Tim Reed, incarcerated leader with CCAChenequa Rogers, community leader with CCASenator Julia SalazarSenator Gustavo RiveraAssembly Member Demond Meeks (needs to go before 11am)Assembly Member Anna Kelles (needs to go before 11:10am)TeAna Taylor, Release Aging People in PrisonAssembly Member Khaleel AndersonAssembly Member Harvey EpsteinVanessa Cid, Nobody Leaves MidhudsonSenator Jessica RamosAssembly Member Karines ReyesHerbert Murray, community leader with CCAAssembly Member Carmen de la RosaAssembly Member Jessica Gonzalez-RojasAssembly Member Phara Souffrant ForrestAssembly Member Amanda SeptimoAssembly Member Dan QuartAssembly Member Natalia FernandezJerome Wright, #HALTsolitary Campaign
Katie Schaffer
20:20
Yes, permission to record
laura whitehorn
20:25
Justice Roadmap: The path out of the mess the governor has created.
Katie Schaffer
20:44
Read the Justice Roadmap here: bit.ly/Justice-Roadmap
lisa royer
22:47
In Solidarity from Kingston #HALTsolitary
DONNA ROBINSON
23:10
Donna RAPP WNY good morning to you all
James Weathers
23:34
Absolutely. Solitary confinement is torture
DONNA ROBINSON
25:41
OMG, Franklin is HELL, Michael Watson died from COVID in that in correctional faculity
Jolene Russ
26:15
NO testing prior to transfers no testing upon arrival at new facility
DONNA ROBINSON
26:45
A guard @ Green Haven had it 3 times and bragged about it
Jolene Russ
26:58
NO regular or mandatory testing of staff STILL? WHY?
Katie Schaffer
26:58
Speaking: Tim Reed, incarcerated at Franklin Correction Facility
Ashley Principe
27:04
THATS RIGHT
Ashley Principe
27:40
god bless you Tim and Sheryl
Katie Schaffer
27:46
Run of show:
Katie Schaffer
27:46
Tim Reed, incarcerated leader with CCAChenequa Rogers, community leader with CCASenator Julia SalazarSenator Gustavo RiveraAssembly Member Demond Meeks (needs to go before 11am)Assembly Member Anna Kelles (needs to go before 11:10am)TeAna Taylor, Release Aging People in PrisonAssembly Member Khaleel AndersonAssembly Member Harvey EpsteinVanessa Cid, Nobody Leaves MidhudsonSenator Jessica RamosAssembly Member Karines ReyesHerbert Murray, community leader with CCAAssembly Member Carmen de la RosaAssembly Member Jessica Gonzalez-RojasAssembly Member Phara Souffrant ForrestAssembly Member Amanda SeptimoAssembly Member Dan QuartAssembly Member Natalia FernandezJerome Wright, #HALTsolitary Campaign
DONNA ROBINSON
28:02
Stay encouraged, Tim, we are fighting for you- This is a damn shame
Jolene Russ
28:34
Awesome Tim!! Awesome! Thank you for your courage and thank you Sheryl!! YOu guys are awesome
LEGACIE LEGACIE
29:24
HEYYY NEQUA
DONNA ROBINSON
30:07
Where is the care, custody and control? surely they are falling short of the definition when our loved ones are concerned. Cuomo says it is not an issue
Jolene Russ
31:56
Yes your recognition and awareness of their lives and plights is very much appreciated! That you are all so consistent in your support is recognized and respected! Thank you!
DONNA ROBINSON
32:01
Pass Elder Parole, Fair & Timely Parole and HALT SOKITARY NOW, Yaaaa Nequa thank you queen
DONNA ROBINSON
34:42
Fishkill is a hotbed for COVID, several citizens have lost their battle and died alone and never got to say good bye to their family
DONNA ROBINSON
35:29
shenanigans from the dept of corruption
LEGACIE LEGACIE
36:26
THE LIES THEY TELL!!!! MY HUSBAND HAS BEEN IN S.H.U. SINCE JANUARY !!!! I HAVEN'T TALKED TO HIM IN 3 WEEKS
Victor Pate
36:46
THANK YOU TO ALL THE LEGISLATORS WHO WERE A PART OF THESE VISITS.
DONNA ROBINSON
37:57
Some have been there since I was a child, I’m a senior citizen now. That’s 3 lifetimes they have served, insane on so many levels
Jolene Russ
38:54
Senator Salazar thank you!!!
Emma Fabian
39:30
That's disgusting; thank you Senator Salazar.
laura whitehorn
39:40
Thank you, Sen. Salazar. Structures of repression must be changed, and the Justice Roadmap has a strategy. A young friend from PA always says, “Just because it’s legal don’t make it right.” Law must be changed to provide what Sen. Rivera calls the belief in redemption.
DONNA ROBINSON
40:03
Bless your endeavors Sen. Julia Salazar for going into the belly of the beast
William Bastuk
40:14
From Bill Bastuk Many of these men and woman have been over-sentenced due to plea bargin and many may even be innocent- 55 and older must pass
DONNA ROBINSON
42:23
They lie like the acting commissioner Annuci
DONNA ROBINSON
43:32
Don’t forget about Albion the women’s facility in WNY,. Incarcerated women’s lives matter too
Sean Kyler
43:44
You have the right to go as often as you like
Alison Coleman
43:45
CO treatment of visitors has been overall very bad for decades
Sojourner Rivers
43:51
+++++ Yes, Donna!
Katie Schaffer
43:55
Speaking: Assembly Member Demond Meeks, who visited Orleans prison
Ashley Principe
44:25
yes donna
Jolene Russ
44:41
It's so important for them to know you respect the people in prisons and look forward to them returning home. You all visiting them is generating hope!
jordyn rosenthal
45:09
https://womenscja.org/task-force/
jordyn rosenthal
45:14
To join the listserv email me at Jordyn@wcja.org
DONNA ROBINSON
45:14
Flawed and working just the way the plantations were run. Prison is a warehouse for slaves, no rehabilitation to keep them from recidivating
Phil Miller
45:18
Thanks to all the legislators who are using their position to go inside prisons. More of these visits are needed because they are unexpected and unannounced. DOCCS might actually start changing things for the better if visits like this continue to happen.
jordyn rosenthal
45:37
Donna for learning about women incarcerated join the Justice 4 Women Task Force: https://womenscja.org/task-force/
Amanda Septimo
46:02
I have to run to a meeting, but am so proud to be part of this effort to make sure we ae raising awareness about these important issues...and that we are doing the work to ensure action comes of these experiences. Thank you Justice Roadmap!
Katie Schaffer
46:18
Thank you, Assembly Member Septimo!
Jessica Ramos
46:33
Otisville is messed up. I grew up going there on weekends.
Victor Pate
46:47
DOCCS RESPOND DIFFERENTLY WHEN THEY ARE AWARE SOMEONE IS MONITORING THAN WHEN NOT. THERE NEEDS TO BE A CONSISTENT PRESENCE!
DONNA ROBINSON
46:52
Thank you Jordyn, I am also the mother of a daughter in Bedford Hills serving 15 toL, as well as a Bonus Mom to several others at the 3 Women’s facilities in NYS
jordyn rosenthal
47:42
Donna, I would love to connect you to the Task Force. Thinking of your daughter and all the women incarcerated and detained.
DONNA ROBINSON
48:31
Donna L. Robinson RAPP WNY reginal Organizer in Buffalo NY dlrob55@yahoo.com
Jolene Russ
48:46
so many laws passed to send people to jail, and no bills created to bring them home.
LEGACIE LEGACIE
49:02
OTISVILLE JUST VIOLATED MY MAN & PUT HIM IN SHU AT ULSTER COUNTY; FOR VOICING HIS OPION & OTISVILLE IS GOOD FOR GRANTIG MEN PAROLE & SETTING MEN UP FOR INSIDE CHARGES SO THEY CAN'T GO HOME
Jolene Russ
49:29
correction *no bills PASSED to bring them home...
laura whitehorn
49:35
Sen. Rivera - so glad you now have the support among colleagues finally to change this system. Glad to have you as lead sponsor of Fair and Timely Parole S.1415 - we believe in redemption! #JusticeRoadmap is based on that belief.
Kerry Gant
49:38
👏
DONNA ROBINSON
49:48
Thank you Sen, Gustavo Rivera we got your back
William Bastuk
50:20
From Bill Bastuk
Jolene Russ
50:42
Each facility is its own community
Jolene Russ
51:25
sing sing cells are even smaller
DONNA ROBINSON
51:42
Sheesh, Sen Anna Kelles, that is only 1 of 52 prisons in the 62 countyes of NYS
William Bastuk
52:52
Prosecutors must establish sentencing review units to review cases over-prosecuted-this is in place in Kings County, WA and San Francisco County-requires state law enabling judges to review these cases at request of DA
Katie Schaffer
53:07
Speaker: Assembly Member Anna Kelles, who visited Auburn prison
DONNA ROBINSON
53:14
like pig, & dog. cages for animals, and you only saw the tip of the pile of manuer
LEGACIE LEGACIE
54:52
EXACTLY!!! THEY COVER THEIR BEHINDS EVEN THROUGH DEATH CERTIFICATES!! NO MENTAL HEALTH & NO FOOD OR MEDICAL ATTENTION
Kerry Gant
55:08
Auburn is terrible and so town. they have a bar/restaurant there CELEBRATING the prison in that town.
DONNA ROBINSON
55:24
No visits, no food packages from home, lack of communication and the noise that persists is enough to drive a sane person insane
Katie Schaffer
55:57
Thank you so much, Assembly Member Kelles
DONNA ROBINSON
56:55
yaaas Kerry, and they victimize whole families for the behavior of incarcerated people throughout generations.
Jolene Russ
56:59
You are appreciated assembly member Kelles!!
LEGACIE LEGACIE
57:19
YESSSS!!! I'M SO DISTRAUGHT HAVEN'T TALKED TO MY HUSBAND IN WEEKS; SINCE HE WAS FALSELY PUT IN SHU & HIS SISTER SAID HE SOUNDED WEAK THE LAST TIME SHE SPOKE WITH HIM
David George
57:40
How can we actually reform this system? It is grotesque. It cannot be changed. It must be abolished and completely transformed. Thank you, Assembly Member.
DONNA ROBINSON
57:56
The women in industry @ Albion make the grills that are in NYS parks and weld the shelves that the dmv use.
Victor Pate
58:10
NYS CORRECTIONS VIOLATES THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD MINIMUM RULES FOR THE TREATMENT OF PEOPLE IN PRISONS AND JAILS(since 2015 known as the Mandela Rule)
LEGACIE LEGACIE
58:10
SLAVE WAGES!! OTHER JAILS MAKE SOAP & STATE CLOTHES
DONNA ROBINSON
59:14
These are jobs that they cannot get once released because of the conviction
Sean Kyler
01:00:51
Assemblymember Kelles, we cannot forget about JPay fleecing families in order to communicate with loved ones.
Katie Schaffer
01:00:54
Speaking: TeAna Taylor, Release Aging People in Prison
David George
01:01:17
Thank you, TeAna!
laura whitehorn
01:01:19
Yes, TeAna!
David George
01:01:29
I feel so honored to work with you
Jolene Russ
01:01:31
My husband worked in auburn in those shops for 10 years no raises and removed asbestos there for 2 years for .40 cents an hours... making the office furniture in every state office and license plates on every car registered in NY! it gave him a sense of community when I told him it makes me think of him every time I see a license plate wondering if he forged it. but he should have been making a real wage and not exploited for his able body for free labor.
DONNA ROBINSON
01:01:38
74 y.o. Saleh Abdullah spent 48yrs waiting for freedom he died during his hearing in the restroom, never regaining consciousness @ Buffalo General Hospital nor his freedom
DONNA ROBINSON
01:02:03
<3 TeAna from the Queen Muva
Jolene Russ
01:02:44
Teana you and your dad are a dynamic duo!! <3
Sean Kyler
01:03:04
Absolutely, you did not see everything!
DONNA ROBINSON
01:03:51
Amen, Sean, they try to put lipstick on the pig. It’s still UGLY
Sean Kyler
01:04:20
Hi Donna! You know that I know.
Jolene Russ
01:04:34
you froze
DONNA ROBINSON
01:04:35
YAAAAS, we all know
David George
01:04:37
Frozen
Katie Schaffer
01:05:52
Speaking: Assembly Member Harvey Epstein
DONNA ROBINSON
01:08:01
They incarcerate the mentally incapacitated with the physically incapacitated, the young with the elders- it’s a melting pot for dysfunction exacerbated by the pandemic
Jared Chausow
01:08:45
all that hand sanitizer that NYS gives out comes from the unclean hands of the immoral prison labor system
DONNA ROBINSON
01:09:07
The prison Industrial Complex is no coincidence- the plantation is alive and well in NYS not so empirical
Katie Schaffer
01:09:32
Speaking: Vanessa Cid from Nobody Leaves Midhudson
Jolene Russ
01:10:25
College programs are only being offered to people that were already enrolled prior to COVID. rehabilitation is stagnated for most anyone inside right now.
laura whitehorn
01:11:51
So important to have the Hudson Valley involved in this struggle and provide a clear connection so social justice activists and legislators can stop ICE from ravaging communities up there and support those struggling.
DONNA ROBINSON
01:11:52
College consists of mailing work packets back & forth. I know I went to college back in the days of the troglodytes but I know you need interaction to learn
Jared Chausow
01:11:55
thank you Vanessa!
Katie Schaffer
01:13:21
Speaking: Senator Jessica Ramos, who visited the Orange County Jail/ICE detention facility
linda perry
01:13:29
Jessica’s audio is distorting
David George
01:13:49
Loud and clear on this end.
DONNA ROBINSON
01:13:55
That is the only thing that will never change, the commission of the crime. Thank you for visiting Bedford Hills- catch them with their pants down and expose their dirty azz
Zohran Mamdani
01:14:17
Thank you all so much for the work you're doing and for leading this fight. I sadly have to run to an 11:30a meeting but I will continue to make unannounced visits to correctional facilities across our state on a regular basis and push for the entire Justice Roadmap package.
Jared Chausow
01:14:56
thank you AM Mamdani for your continued support and action
DONNA ROBINSON
01:15:17
Thank you AM Mamdani for visiting Bedford Hills also
DONNA ROBINSON
01:16:47
But he is paid in full I;m sure. ICE is cold blooded up here in Batavia
DONNA ROBINSON
01:18:07
Yaaaas, thank you so much Sen. Ramos
DONNA ROBINSON
01:20:24
We all clean up when company comes, don’t we, they need to be visited like JW’s do early on a Saturday morning. The element of surprise exposes some truth
Donna Mortimer
01:21:30
Disturbing to hear as a former corrections nurse.
DONNA ROBINSON
01:22:28
Namesake, love the FORMER, I know you have seen things that give you nightmares. Thanks for your advocacy
DONNA ROBINSON
01:23:35
ASE, and thank you AM Reyes
Stan M
01:26:09
#abolishICE, #investigateDHS, #enddebtorsprison, #freeouryouth, #innocenceproject, #defundthepolice, #endqualifiedimmunity, #endmandatoryminimums
DONNA ROBINSON
01:27:22
Always great to see our champion who loves the community and is fighting the good fight <3<3
Donna Mortimer
01:27:46
These unannounced visits are critical and they are very telling. Truth WILL prevail even though DOCCS is a well oiled machine and able to stay one up on visits. Keep going. I love it!
Stan M
01:27:53
#decriminalizemarijuana, enforce14thamendment, enforcetitle6oftheciviltightsact
Katie Schaffer
01:28:56
Speaking now: Assembly Member Gonzalez-Rojas, who visited Bedford Hills prison
Jolene Russ
01:29:12
Bedford appreciated your presence
Stan M
01:29:26
mass expungements ofalllowleveloffenses retroactively
Jared Chausow
01:29:59
there's a man in NY who's been in solitary for more than 32 years
Stan M
01:30:13
#whentheyseeus, #endtheregistry, mass incarceration is new Jim Crow slavery
Stan M
01:31:09
police are domestic terrorists originally from slave patrols and prisons are tools of slavery
David George
01:31:15
Shoutout to Jaya!
DONNA ROBINSON
01:31:34
It’s deplorable my daughter works in state shop for pennies. I applaud you all for visiting. They are being housed in their units for 23 hours leaving an hour to shower, cook and use phone. As soon as you go into the law library he tells you to hurry and get out
LEGACIE LEGACIE
01:31:41
They call each other, especially the watchcommanders; "giving the heads up" to their colleagues and family members also working in multiple facilities & keep frontin
Jolene Russ
01:32:00
Those DMV jobs on the outside come with retirement and benefits, union representation... but when people are released from Bedford they cannot be employed in those same positions out here.. and do not gain employment credits for that time
Stan M
01:32:03
Assemblywoman Forrest is a nurse & community shero. defund police & prisons. #closerikers
DONNA ROBINSON
01:33:41
Thank you for visiting Taconic, it;s across the street from Bedford Hills how crazy is that
Katie Schaffer
01:35:13
Hi all - because we have run over time, we won't have Q&A, but if there are speakers you'd like to do a follow up interview with, please reach out and we can help arrange: kschaffer@communityalternatives.org, 646-265-2044
Donna Mortimer
01:35:22
That's why most are dehydrated among other things ..
DONNA ROBINSON
01:35:33
Control of the incarcerated is what they live for, and threaten them with SHU
Stan M
01:36:11
speak on it Momma Forrest! speak sister queen! say that nurse!
Geovaira Hernandez
01:36:36
These conditions are so atrocious! My heart aches
Jolene Russ
01:36:47
THANK YOU FOR UPLIFITNG THAT!! New born babies, people we not allowed to hold. HEART BREAKING to see kids forced to be held back from their parent or loved one.
Stan M
01:37:02
defund slavery defund mass incarceration defund police, prisons are human rights violations
DONNA ROBINSON
01:37:08
ASE, I take off my crown to you!!!
laura whitehorn
01:37:17
We have a fact sheet on the vaccine written by formerly incarcerated people and nurses, and DOCCS refuses to send it in. We’ve been sending it individually. Email me lwhitehorn@earthlink.net to get a copy.
DONNA ROBINSON
01:38:14
SHUT IT DOWN, that’s what WE can do
Stan M
01:38:24
end mass incarceration, defund prisons & jails, end tech parole violations forever
Jolene Russ
01:38:54
you have to get superintendent special approval to get art supplies... they make it so difficult to support our loved ones wellbeing
Stan M
01:39:19
#wefightforher, #wemattertoo, #freeouryouth, #nocopsinschools, #noevictionsnocops
DONNA ROBINSON
01:39:20
HALLELUJAH- BASIC AND A MATTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
LEGACIE LEGACIE
01:39:35
thank you sister forrester!!
David George
01:40:11
Jimmy V
David George
01:40:16
Speak your truth, Jerome!
DONNA ROBINSON
01:40:34
Better not cut you off lol
Stan M
01:40:38
Phara is a real one! Time to end modern day slavery, the whole damn system is guilty as hell. close down these prisons & jails
DONNA ROBINSON
01:41:28
^^^^^^^
Stan M
01:41:37
racism, police brutality, prisons, sexism’s are the original COVID
Stan M
01:41:58
women getting assaulted in prisons & jails
Stan M
01:42:10
#ripSandraBland
Victor Pate
01:42:17
NO MORE SOLITARY!! SPEAK JEROME!!
Jolene Russ
01:42:31
not broken, UNFINISHED... we all can do the work! you legislators can make us better! i'm so inspired by all us !
laura whitehorn
01:42:54
As long as solitary is in effect the racist punishment system is in effect. Solitary is torture and also a system of control to prevent people from expressing and fueling their own humanity. A key part of repressing Black and other People of Color.
Geovaira Hernandez
01:43:02
Preachhhh Jerome
Jolene Russ
01:43:02
Amanda Gorman struck me with that most!
laura whitehorn
01:43:07
Jerome!
Jolene Russ
01:43:17
YESSSSSS!!!!
Stan M
01:43:17
kids getting molested by ICE terrorists, 22 women having their uterus forcefully removed by ICE criminals in Georgia
Jolene Russ
01:43:44
ITs the avenue to hope!
Victor Pate
01:43:50
CARL HEASTIE AND ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS BRING HALT TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE NOW!!!.
Donna Mortimer
01:43:54
TRUTH!
Phil Miller
01:43:55
Yes! I spent 3 consecutive years in solitary. I can't wait to see HALT Solitary passed into law. And include a veto override, if necessary.
LEGACIE LEGACIE
01:44:01
PREACH!!!! "THE BOX", "THE WHOLE", DESTROYS MINDS, BODIES & SOUL!!! I AM SO WORRIED ABOUT MY HUSBAND BEING IN SHU
Stan M
01:44:06
stop paying tax dollars for domestic terrorist with badges & slavery (prisons)
Jolene Russ
01:44:14
we want them whole so they NEVER GO IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!
Stan M
01:44:25
Speak those harsh truths bro
DONNA ROBINSON
01:44:32
Lawd Have Mercy Phil, my heart breaks for you
LEGACIE LEGACIE
01:44:34
I DID 25 DAYS IN SHU & IT FELT LIKE FOREVER
Jolene Russ
01:44:39
JEROME!!!! YESSSSS!!!!!
Sean Kyler
01:44:55
thankyou, jerome
Jolene Russ
01:44:56
PEOPLE FIRST!!!!!!
Karl A. Valere
01:45:02
PEOPLE FIRST
DONNA ROBINSON
01:45:07
Teach my beloved brother and friend up here in Ruff Buff
Carla Canning
01:45:17
Thank you thank you for speaking with so much strength power and emotion!!!!
Victor Pate
01:45:19
LANGUAGE, LANGUAGE, LANGUANGE..
Stan M
01:45:21
mental illness & medical addictions & parole tech violations, & sex workers are not true crimes
LEGACIE LEGACIE
01:45:22
PREACH, JEROME!!!!!! YAAASSS MY BROTHA
Jolene Russ
01:45:54
Yesss!!! THank youuuuuu!
Ashley Principe
01:46:21
yaaaassss DJ Jerome
DONNA ROBINSON
01:48:36
Perpetual Punishment, there is no rehabilitation by the dept of Coruptions. The citizens rehabilitate themselves with the help of the elders who are mentors behind the wall.
DONNA ROBINSON
01:50:29
When humans are treated like animals and dehumanized it wears down morale and they lose any hope of being free. Nine is not sentenced to death her sentence says life on the end and I demand that NYS release the hostages NOw
Donna Mortimer
01:51:01
Sentencing should not include torture, dehumanizing, demoralizing and racist violence
LEGACIE LEGACIE
01:51:23
NOPE; THEY DON'T TELL THEM NOTHING; THEY THROW THEM IN SHU & WRITE BOGUS TICKETS THAT AFFECT THEM AT PAROLE HEARINGS
Katie Schaffer
01:51:56
We'll send some ways to take action as a follow up. Thank you, Susan!
DONNA ROBINSON
01:52:17
SHOULD NOT but it DOES exist and we as family members are tired of being victimized . Thank you for going in since we cannot now
Jolene Russ
01:52:26
"People are sent to prison AS punishment, not FOR punishment" we need to do better!