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connecticut update – may 27, 2021

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George Floyd and Racism in America: One Year Later

Join us on Thursday June 3 for the next CT Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call

Save the Date: Katal at 5

George Floyd and Racism in America: One Year Later

By Kenyatta Muzzanni, Director of Organizing

It has been just over one year since we witnessed the public murder of George Floyd by members of the Minneapolis Police Department. The murder of Floyd, along with the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others, sparked the largest protests in United States history. People took to the streets, demanding justice, from Connecticut and New York to California and Mississippi and D.C. and Chicago and all parts in between. Organizers, activists, and policy makers across the country also pushed legislative and community-driven changes aimed at curtailing police violence, defunding the police, and strengthening police accountability.

Even as our collective protests and organizing have continued, the number of Black and brown people murdered by police continues to grow. Even more, many of the proposed changes of 2020 are being watered down to more palatable reforms.

The insidious nature of white supremacy and systemic racism makes it so that our fight will not be won in a year; that work is ongoing and ever-changing. As we reflect on the last year of Uprisings and set our sights on the next iteration of one of the largest movements in our country’s history, we must not waver. We must not lose hope.

Every single one of us has a role in this fight as our struggle for collective freedom continues.

It is up to us to believe that we can win. As our Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director Lorenzo Jones wrote last year, “the time to act has passed. It is time to DO.”

The work continues to build towards a future where we can all live freely.

Join us on Thursday June 3 for the next CT Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call

Our next CT Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call is on Thursday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

During the call, we will get a detailed lobbyist report about the end of the 2021 legislative session and we will hear updates from organizers and advocates working to advance criminal justice reform in Connecticut.  RSVP here!

Earlier this week, Governor Lamont signed S.B. 753 into law which abolishes prison gerrymandering in Connecticut. This means in population data, incarcerated individuals will be counted in the communities they come from instead of the location of the correctional facility they are incarcerated in. Considering how Black and brown people are disproportionately incarcerated in Connecticut, this is a meaningful step to increase the political power of people of color in the state. Along with this important legislation, other criminal justice bills like Clean Slate, free telecommunications, the PROTECT Act, and more are currently moving in the legislature.

Join us to learn about what’s happening at the state capitol on  criminal justice reform, hear directly from organizers, campaign leaders, and advocates about the work they’re doing to end mass incarceration in Connecticut.

Register for our June CT Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call, Thursday, June 3rd from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

For more information, please contact Kenyatta at

Save the Date: Katal at 5

This year marks Katal’s five-year anniversary, and on Wednesday, June 16th from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., we’re hosting our next event in our Dialogue Series – can you join us?

For our next Dialogue, we’ll be joined by an amazing group of veteran Black organizers to discuss community organizing and the fight for equity, health, and justice:

  • Dr. Charlene Sinclair, Founding director of the Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy (C-RRED) and the program coordinator for the Interfaith Organizing Initiative;
  • DeAngelo Bester, Executive Director, Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ;
  • Afua Atta-Mensah, Executive Director, Community Voices Heard;

In a conversation with Katal Co-Executive Director, Lorenzo Jones.

We’d love for you to join us. If you joined us for our first Anniversary Dialogue, you know it was amazing. Don’t miss out on this! Register at

Sign up for the Katal New York Update

We announced in March that, after nearly 5 years, we’re ending the Katal Weekly Update, and moving to two separate email updates — one for Connecticut, another for New York. If you’d also like to keep up what we’re doing in New York, click here to sign up for the Katal New York Update!

Keep practicing social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands, and check in on your neighbors. If you want to get involved, learn more about our work, or just connect, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Katal works to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance health, equity, and justice for everyone. Join us: web, Twitter, Facebook! Email: Phone: 646.875.8822.

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