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katal newsletter – september 13, 2018

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Dear New York, Primary Day is Here

Katal in Colombia: Donna Hylton speaks at Women in Prison Conference 2018

Harm Reduction Training in New Haven, CT

dear new york, primary day is here



The findings of a new poll conducted by makes it absolutely clear that “many New Yorkers truly expect Democratic elected officials to commit to bold pretrial criminal justice reforms as a top priority.” WE are responsible for electing leaders committed to making the end of mass incarceration in New York a top priority. Make it a top priority to go out and vote today because your voice matters and needs to be heard.

Remember that polls close at 9pm.

For more information and to find your voting location:
Across NY State visit
In New York City visit

Call 1-866-OURVOTE with any questions and to report voter suppression or intimidation. Voters can also email any complaints to


katal in colombia: donna hylton speaks at women in prison conference 2018



Last week, Katal’s Donna Hylton was at the Women in Prison Conference in Bogota, Colombia, with a goal of enlightening her audience about the global common links between violence and abuse, and their direct relation to the incarceration of women and girls.

She reminisces about her time spent in Colombia:

“During my time in Colombia, one of the things that stood out to me the most, was the economic differences and separations of the people. As beautiful as the country and people are, there was a very visible distinction between the have and the have nots. As I travel around the world, this theme continues to present itself. I am even more determined to shed light on the most marginalized of people and the clarion call that is needed for equality and justice for all.”

Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on future events and public appearances, and purchase a copy of Donna’s book, A Little Piece of Light, available at your local bookstore and on Amazon.


harm reduction training new haven, ct



On Tuesday, September 11th, Katal’s Community Organizing Fellow, Kenyatta Thompson, hosted a presentation on harm reduction for Katal members and community partners in New Haven, Connecticut. Keith Brown, the Director of Health and Harm Reduction, joined the meeting to explain the theory behind harm reduction, along with tools to implement harm reduction strategies in municipalities. Specific strategies, such as syringe exchange programs and assisted-diversion initiatives, were highlighted. A great dialogue emerged about the importance of supporting intervention efforts that are grounded in the work of those within the community. The presentation closed with a powerful quote that set the tone for the night: “By building specific interventions and projects with meaningful community engagement, involving directly impacted people, creating infrastructure and partnerships, and educating the community, a municipal approach to health and safety can emerge and evolve over time.”

To learn more about Katal’s harm reduction efforts in Connecticut and New York, and how to become involved, contact Keith Brown via


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