Rep. Adriano Espaillat, National Civil Rights Leaders Join Families to Demand Justice for A$AP Rocky and Team Members

July 22, 2019
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY – Today at 6:00 p.m. EDT at the House of Justice located at 106 West 145th Street, New York, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a ‘Speak Out’ event to build public awareness and call for the immediate release of Americans Rakim Mayers a.k.a. A$AP Rocky, and his two team members, David Rispers Jr. and Bladimir Corniel, who have been unjustly imprisoned in Sweden for nearly three weeks. Rep. Espaillat will be joined by family members of the three Americans as well as civil rights leaders, artists and community activists.  


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 standing in solidarity during tonight’s “Speak Out” event in A$AP Rocky’s native Harlem, New York City. This will be an opportunity to hear firsthand from the families as they address the situation their sons face prior to the upcoming court hearing.


This event is open to the public and press.



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


WHAT:          ‘Speak Out’ event in Harlem to call for the immediate release of Americans Rakim Mayers a.k.a. A$AP Rocky, David Rispers Jr., and Bladimir Corniel


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


WHERE:       House Of Justice

                        106 West 145th Street

                        New York, NY 10039


PRESS RSVP: or call 212-663-3900




Candace Randle Person (Espaillat):, 202-225-4365

Mark Antoniewicz (Hip Hop Caucus):, 202-740-1177

Derek Perkinson (National Action Network):, 646-477-0701


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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 also 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