To Remove the Historically Disgraceful & Despicable Name of “RIKER” From the NYC “Riker’s Island” Penal Institution

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Peter Matthes
3 years ago
Richard Riker was a scumbag.

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Richard Santiago
3 years ago
It is a proven fact that mass incarceration, especially at the pre-trial level, is nothing but a form of slavery where inmates are forced to worked manual labor with little or no pay. The Unites States Disciplinary Barracks in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas housed as many as 1,300 inmate, many of whom were Vietnam veterans. They were serving sentences that were the results of court martialed and made to work at jobs from landscaping the grounds to doing the vehicle registrations and even laundry for the uniformed personnel and received nothing but $13.40 (can't recall if it was bi-weekly or monthly) with which to purchased personal health items and snacks from the commissary. Many were reduced in pay grade to E-1, with forfeiture of all pay and allowances and less than honorable discharges. Those lucky enough to gain 'B' custody status were allowed to work outside at a car wash where they made $1.00 a day.......

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Geneva Collins
3 years ago
The name needs to change just as much as J Edgar Hoover federal buildings.

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Andrea Mendoza
4 years ago
I'm appalled at Richard Rikers legacy of proslavery actions. His disregard for the law at the time which would allow a fugitive to prove he was a Freeman. But most alarming is the separation of children from their parents. Selling them into slavery. How can an individual detained in a jail bearing the name of such a person have faith in the judicial system?

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Richard Spiering
5 years ago
New York shouldn't memorialize evil men, except in history books.

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Barbara Brophy
5 years ago
I'm signing this petition because I just learned the history of the New York Kidnapping Club and Richard Riker's abuse of his judicial authority that resulted in him knowingly sending blacks who were free men into slavery.

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Marian Douglas-Ungaro
5 years ago
Changing the name of this penal colony will be a necessary step toward New York showing that it intends to break from its long history of brutality. In memory of my former boss, Rep. Major R. Owens, who retired in 2006, the late member of Congress for Central Brooklyn, NY.

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Natasha Wheeler
5 years ago
The history of the name.

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Mary Reynolds
5 years ago
I'm signing because it's important to stop glorifying and/or taking for granted Americans who aggressively supported slavery

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zubaidah harden
5 years ago
I want to be part of the change. ..