Families demand a plan to stop COVID spread in prisons

By: Sujata Srinivasan via Connecticut Public Radio Supporters of incarcerated people gathered in front of the Department of Correction (DOC) headquarters in Wethersfield Wednesday to demand that the Lamont administration and the DOC “develop a comprehensive and transparent plan to address COVID-19 in jails and prisons in Connecticut.” They say that conditions for incarcerated people […]

After 30 COVID-19 deaths, protestors call for increased protections in Connecticut prisons

By Molly Ingram via WSHU Activists gathered outside Connecticut’s Department of Correction headquarters on Wednesday to demand stricter COVID-19 guidelines in state prisons. In total, 30 Connecticut prisoners have died from COVID-19 complications. Protesters said those deaths were caused by prison overcrowding, lack of personal protective equipment and poor testing regimens. The Katal Center for […]

Claudia Cupe: Better COVID-19 plan needed in CT Department of Correction

By Claudia Cupe via Hartford Courant For the past two years, I’ve watched my loved ones suffer at the hands of the Connecticut Department of Correction because Gov. Ned Lamont has failed to develop a plan to keep incarcerated people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s disgusting what’s happening in jails and prisons in our […]

Katal Corner- Organizing for Reproductive Justice & More

By Kenyatta Muzzanni via NorthEnd Agent’s Late last month, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which established the constitutional right to an abortion. The decision came as no surprise to reproductive justice organizers, activists, and advocates who warned of Roe’s eventual demise for years—long before the draft opinion was leaked in May. The dismantling of […]

Inmates sue over ‘unsafe and unacceptable’ COVID conditions in CT prisons

By Lisa Backus via CT Insider At least five inmates filed lawsuits against Gov. Ned Lamont and state Department of Correction officials in June, seeking $500,000 in damages after contracting COVID-19 during the omicron surge this winter that nearly doubled the cumulative number of coronavirus cases in Connecticut prisons, court documents show. The inmates, all […]

After Roe V Wade Then What? Women & The LGBTQIA Communities Are Under Assault

By: Garnett Ankle via WPKN Community Radio  LGBTQIA and Women’s Reproductive Rights are under attack in the United States. The nearly fifty year old federal law, Roe V Wade has been struck down by the United States Supreme Court. This is the first in the history of the United States Supreme Count, a right has […]

Katal Corner- June 23, 2022

By Kenyatta Muzzanni via NorthEnd Agent’s The Katal Center for Equity, Health, and Justice is a grassroots, community-based organization devoted to developing the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance equity, health, and justice for everyone. We do this through 3 interrelated goals: • Building the leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhood residents, as well […]

Less Incarceration, More Safety

By: Victoria Law via The Progressive Magazine In 2007, Derek Singletary was twenty-two years old and rebuilding his life after being incarcerated for a drug charge. He had enrolled in vocational school and was hoping to join the carpenters’ union. “I wasn’t running the streets,” he recalls in an interview with The Progressive. “I was focused […]