Join the call to action: September 14 at Riverside Church

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Advocates, activists, and academics are coming together once again on Friday, September 14th at Riverside Church to commemorate the anniversary of the 1971 Attica prison massacre.

Correctional Association of New York Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah will return this year as one of the speakers for the evening advocating against solitary confinement and campaigning for the close of Attica prison.


Cornel West, Soffiyah Elijah and Asha Bandele at the 2011 Attica event.

Cornel West, Soffiyah Elijah and Asha Bandele during last year’s panel discussion on Attica.
Hundreds of attendees filled the seats of the historic church last year to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy, and this year’s event will build on the previous powerful commemoration.


Utilizing our unique legislative mandate to monitor New York State prisons, the Correctional Association has visited Attica seven times since 1995.

During our last visit to Attica in April 2011, we compiled reports of staff abuse that were worse than nearly all of the 30 prisons the organization had recently visited.  The Association has joined with the event’s organizers to call for the closure of Attica Correctional Facility.


Friday, September 14, 2012
Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Avenue, New York City

5 pm – 7 pm

  • Book signing by Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow and Marc Lamont Hill The Classroom & the Cell, written with Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Literature tables
  • Petition signing for the closing of Attica
  • Media interviews

7 pm – 10:30 pm

Keynote speakers and a special panel on building a movement to end mass incarceration with:

• Pam Africa
• Michelle Alexander
• Asha Bandele
• Angela Davis
• Soffiyah Elijah
• Jazz Hayden
• Marc Lamont Hill
• Juan E. Mendez
• Suzanne Ross
• Cornel West

Organizing committee  ·  International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal · Riverside Church Mission & Social Justice· Riverside Church Prison Ministry  · Correctional Association of New York  · The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow  · Professor Marc Lamont Hill

Purchase your tickets from Riverside Church online in advance. Tickets for this event cost $10.00.

To pick up in person or order by phone, go to the Riverside Church box office
during the following hours: Thurs – Sat. 4 – 8 pm, Sun 12 pm – 4 pm
To order by phone during box office hours call: 212.870.6784

To endorse this event or to reserve a table, contact the organizers at or call the event hotline: 212-330-8029