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katal newsletter – june 1, 2018

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A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir by Katal’s Donna Hylton

Katal’s Keith Brown on WOOC FM Podcast

Live in NY? Take Action Now for Bail Reform

a little piece of light: a memoir by katal’s donna hylton

Donna Hylton, Katal’s Senior Justice Fellow for the Women and Girls Project, has a new memoir coming out next week! “A Little Piece of Light: A Memoir of Hope, Prison, and a Life Unbound” — published by Hachette Books Group –- is a heartfelt and harrowing memoir of Donna’s 27-year incarceration and her journey back to freedom. Since her release in 2012, she has worked as an advocate for criminal justice reform and women’s rights, speaking out and fighting back against abuse, misogyny, and injustice.

Donna will be presenting her memoir at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn on June 6 at 7pm. You can find more information about the release event here, and pre-order a copy of the memoir here.

katal’s keith brown on wooc fm podcast

Keith Brown, Katal’s Director of Health and Harm Reduction, spoke with WOOC FM correspondent Corinne Carey about efforts to address the dramatic rise in drug overdose deaths in the Capital Region. In the podcast, Keith talks about prevention methods like Safe Consumption Spaces, where people can consume drugs in the presence of health professionals who can link folks with resources and help them stay safe in the short-term.

You can listen to the podcast here. Thank you to Corinne Carey and the Sanctuary for Independent Media for elevating this issue!

live in ny? take action now for bail reform

Katal has worked with many groups to coordinate organizing and advocacy for bail reform throughout New York’s legislative session. Yet, the session is nearly over and lawmakers have still not passed reform. Every day that Albany stalls is another day that thousands of people are detained pretrial in local jails across New York State because they could not afford to purchase their freedom. New York can fix this crisis — if lawmakers take action before June 20, when the legislative session ends.

Take action: Fill out this form to tell lawmakers in Albany that New York needs bail reform now!

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