Yandy Smith Protests Outside Of Brooklyn Jail Where Inmates Have No Heat Or Electricity

February 3, 2019  |  

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Due to an electrical fire, the Metropolitan Detention Center is Brooklyn, NY has been without heat and electricity since January 28th, according to reports. This has outraged many New York City residents, including Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith, who took part in  protest outside of the federal jail over the weekend.

During the protest, which was broadcasted live on her Instagram account, she would correspond with the inmates by telling them to bang on their windows as she asked questions. When she asked if they had not received their blankets, the banging was heard loud and clear. When she asked if the heat had not been cut on, they banged, which let us know they were still freezing.

Smith, who was visibly emotional, was outraged at reports from the New York City Mayor’s Office that the inmates were sent blankets and hand-warmers while temperatures were below freezing. The inmates confirmed that they had not received anything. The MDC has been without heat and electricity for about a week, putting inmates are risk for serious health issues. The New York Times noted that inmates with sleep apnea cannot use their sleep machines because there is no electricity, putting them at risk for a stroke. Without electricity, the inmates can’t call their loved ones nor can they request refills for their medication. They also can’t use their toilets and there’s no hot water. Visiting hours have also been canceled. This jail houses over 1,600 men.

This matter hits close to home for Smith, whose husband Mendeecees Harris is currently incarcerated on drug related charges. Smith was also hurt during the protest according to a video that was posted by her close friend.

Take a look at Smith during the protest below.

 

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IM FREEZING BUT THEY ARE IN THERE DYING, inmates in Brooklyn are being denied there basic HUMAN RIGHTS!!!!! The lights are shut off. The toilets are shut off. There’s no hot water and blankets have been refused and turned away by warden Quay. !!! I’m At the federal detention center right here in Brooklyn, where temperatures are BELOW FREEZING, the heat and electricity have been turned off SINCE MONDAY. 1,600 HUMANS are there. That is them, right now, banging and making noises so people outside can hear them. MEN AND WOMEN are getting sick and are freezing. The only thing working since Monday are small emergency lights. This is a gross human rights abuse. One guard just told me he just took the temperature inside and that it is 33 degrees in there. #OccupyForHumanity @shaunking @theshaderoom Incarcerated Individuals Have Rights Too! JOIN US In Solidarity With Our Incarcerated Family 2/2/19 12pm – #UntilThereIsHeat MDC Brooklyn Detention Center 80 29th st Brooklyn NY 11232 Dress Warm…We Will Be There Until All Services Are Restored! @mysonnenygeneral @jamilatdavis @tamikadmallory @yandysmith @ericaford_ilovemylife @lsarsour @trife_gangsta @nyjusticeleague @msladyjustice1 @angelo_pinto_

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@tamikadmallory, @bonded4ever, @jamilatdavis, @mysonnenygeneral and myself got on the phone at midnight. And said what can we do to help these people out?! By the next morning this happened. So many of you people sit and poke fun on my page about the protest I’m apart of. Or say “here’s Yandy doing it for social media again” but what more is my social media for than to bring attention to the injustices we as humans deal with or the beauty of life we deal with. Here real change is happening because we demanded it and put in the work. Stop sitting at home judging, causing dissension, and allowing nonsense to cloud your vision of what’s right! Get up and get out there with me. You see the work and I will CONTINUE TO POST! SO THE NEXT TIME YOU SAY YANDY DOES IT FOR SOCIAL MEDIA MAKE SURE YOU ADD BUT SHE REALLY PUTS IN THE WORK AND MAKES THINGS HAPPEN! Then say to yourself “IM A LAZY SIDE LINE HATIN A$$ LAME!” because you’re not putting in any work! If you can’t make it out here send food, soup, blankets for the protesters. Or you can cash app @tamikadmallory to aid in this $tamikamal. Now meet me out here at MDC 80 29th street Brooklyn NY . . . . Special thanks to the other street soldiers that got the call and SHOWED UP WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, SIGNS AND BLOW HORNS @ericaford_ilovemylife @lsarsour @trife_gangsta @nyjusticeleague @msladyjustice1 @angelo_pinto_ #occupyforhumanity #UntilThereIsHeat @noequalitynoeconomy @streetpoliticianspod

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