‘Speak Out’ event in Harlem to bring public awareness, call for immediate release of Americans Rakim Mayers aka A$AP Rocky, and his two team members, David Rispers Jr. and Bladimer Codiel, unjustly imprisoned in Sweden.

WHO:

  • Families of the three Americans
  • U.S. Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13), Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., President & CEO, Hip Hop Caucus
  • Derek Perkinson, NYC Field Director, National Action Network
  • Artists, Activists, Additional Members of Congress

WHAT:  In response to Swedish authorities’ unconscionable imprisonment and impending indictment of the three young men of color, the families of the three Americans, Members of the United States Congress, National Human and Civil Rights leaders, artists, and activists are hosting an event in A$AP Rocky’s native Harlem, New York City. This will be an opportunity to hear the families address the situation prior to the upcoming court hearing.

WHEN: 6:00 PM ET, Monday, July 22, 2019

WHERE: House Of Justice, 106 West 145th Street, New York, NY 10039

PRESS RSVP: email RSVP.Espaillat​@mail.house.gov​​ or call 212-663-3900

MEDIA CONTACTS:

  • Hip Hop Caucus: Mark Antoniewicz, mark@hiphopcaucus.org, 202-740-1177
  • National Action Network: Derek Perkinson, DPerkinson@nationalactionnetwork.net, 646-477-0701
  • Office of United States Congressman Espaillat: Candace Randle Person, Candace.Person@mail.house.gov or 202-225-4365

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Hip Hop Caucus (HipHopCaucus.org): Established in 2004, Hip Hop Caucus is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative network, Hip Hop Caucus addresses core issues impacting young people, underserved, and vulnerable communities. Hip Hop Caucus programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. For more, visit HipHopCaucus.org and follow @hiphopcaucus on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

National Action Network (nationalactionnetwork.net):NAN is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the Nation with chapters throughout the entire United States. Founded in 1991 by Reverend Al Sharpton, NAN works within the spirit and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote a modern civil rights agenda that includes the fight for one standard of justice, decency and equal opportunities for all people regardless of race, religion, nationality or gender. For more information visit nationalactionnetwork.net.

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) (Espaillat.house.gov): First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee. He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip. He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure and Housing. Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at Espaillat.house.gov.