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Katal New York Update – June 10, 2022

A group of people, some holding signs with the words less is more and Use less, save more, in front of a building.

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This Saturday: Join us for a Community Arts Event at the Museum of the City of New York 

This Saturday, June 11th from 11am – 2pm, we will be co-leading a Community Arts as Activism Workshop at the Museum of the City of New York. The event is free and offers screen printing lessons for all ages, as well as opportunities for kids and families to engage in discussions around the fight to close Rikers Island and reform the city’s criminal legal system. Join us for the Community Art as Activism workshop on Saturday, June 11 from 11 AM – 2 PM.

For more details about Saturday’s Community Art event, please reach out to Yonah Zeitz at

NY Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call Recap

Yesterday, we held our June NY Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call, where we discussed what happened at the end of session, which criminal justice bills gained traction – and which didn’t – the upcoming primaries, and what it all means for criminal justice reform in New York. Presenters included groups organizing around campaigns to seal criminal convictions, challenge wrongful convictions, increase access to victims compensation, and end the new package restrictions in NY Prisons

After the summer hiatus, the monthly statewide calls will resume in September. Register here for the next call o n Thursday, September 8 from 12:00 –  1:00 p.m.

#LessIsMoreNY Public Education Campaign

Photo taken by Yonah Zeitz, our Director of Advocacy, on the Q Train Going to Work

This week, the Legal Aid Society launched a public education campaign to inform New Yorkers on their parole rights following implementation of Less Is More Act. Be on the lookout ads across New York City, including in subways, bus shelters, convenience stores, barbershops, laundromats, and on door hangers distributed in NYCHA housing. Check out the campaign launch video here and their press release that features a quote from our Director of Organizing, Kenyatta Muzzanni.

Katal Quotes of the Week

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

“I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.” –Maya Angelou

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.” — Marian Wright Edelman

“Americans have long been trained to see the deficiencies of people rather than policies.” –Ibram X. Kendi, How to be an Antiracist

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