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Katal Connecticut Update- December 1, 2022

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Recap: Last CT Statewide Call of the year!

Today was our December Connecticut Criminal Justice reform call. This was our last statewide call of 2022. We had close to 100 people register for today’s call. On the call, we got up update from our lobbyist about the November elections and the upcoming legislative session which starts on January 4, 2023. We also heard from groups working on reforming the registry, recreational cannabis, healthcare in the DOC, and more. Register for next year’s call and stay up to date with our work here. If you have any questions about the statewide call or would like to be a presenter on the next call, please contact Kenyatta at

Outreach to #CutShutInvestCT

Our community organizer Maribel and graduate intern Jillian door-knocking in Blue Hills

Over the last few weeks, we have been out doorknockin’ in the West End and Blue Hills neighborhoods of Hartford. We spoke to communities members and small business owners about our #CutShutInvestCT campaign and the need for Connecticunt to invest in communities, not cages.

Join us by signing this petition to Governor Lamont and the legislature #CutShutShutInvest!

To get involved with our door-knocking or to join our bi-weekly phone zaps, please email Kenyatta Muzzanni at

Thank You for Supporting Our Work

Thank you so much for joining us for #GivingTuesday! With the support of dozens of contributors, including nearly two dozen first-time donors, we came close to hitting our fundraising goal of $5,000 — THANK YOU. These resources fuel our work to build leadership and organizing capacity across Connecticut and New York — fighting to decarcerate, close jails and prisons, and win investments in real public safety: housing, health care, education, and jobs.

If you’d like to help us hit our #GivingTuesday goal, you can do so here.

Katal Quotes of the Week

These are some of the quotes we’re thinking about this week. 

“With all those black and blue (jackets), I needed to POP!”–Melanie Dominguez, commenting on her orange jacket at Monday’s rally

“If the only way we can have a world-class university is to pay poverty wages and have graduate students sleeping in cars, that’s not a sustainable or ethical model.” Sean Malloy, a UC Merced associate professor of history, speaking to the Los Angeles Times  about the 48,000 student workers on strike in California, the largest college/university worker strike in U.S. history

“As for me, I start from the proposition that no matter how bad things get, they can improve. The question is: How soon and to what extent? My job is to develop the next generation of leaders, who will make tomorrow better than today for the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated, and everyone connected to that community of human beings.”  ‎–Eddie Ellis

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