Occupy activist Cecily McMillan was released from Rikers Island prison Wednesday after serving 58 days of a three-month sentence for assaulting an NYPD officer. Describing a world of constant dehumanization "where words like freedom and rights don’t even exist," she read a statement on behalf of other female inmates calling for better access to health care, drug rehab services and education "in the interests of returning the facility to its mission and restoring dignity to its inmates."
"I am inspired by the resilient community I have encountered in a system that is stacked against us. The only difference between people we call 'law-abiding' citizens and the women I served time with is the unequal access to resources. Crossing the bridge I am compelled to reach back and recognize the two worlds as undivided."