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weekly update – may 24, 2019

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In Albany: Engaging with Community Members to Tackle Injustice

In CT: Join Us for Healthy & Just CT Coalition’s Social Justice Advocacy Day

In Brooklyn: Tow Fellowship Luncheon

#ICYMI: Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State (Part 2)

In Albany: Engaging with Community Members to Tackle Injustice

Community Organizer, Cedric Fulton, facilitating Tuesday evening’s Community Conversation in Albany.

Tuesday, May 21, we held a powerful Community Conversation at the Albany Public Library (Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch), facilitated by our Community Organizer, Cedric Fulton. Community members gathered to discuss parole reform and our #LessIsMoreNY bill, the recent passing of historic criminal justice reforms and the impact they will have, access to housing, the broken education system, youth services and programs, healthcare, and much more. As part of the Conversation, community members outlined the problems and explored possible solutions.

“Even after you’ve come out of that cage, have you really been rehabilitated? Have you been given skill sets to go back into society to be a productive member of society?” — Participant in the Community Conversation

Watch videos and listen to clips from the Community Conversation in our thread, here.

Small groups doing the work, discussing how criminal justice involvement impacts health, education, and housing.

Thank you to all the community members for gathering together, diving into the issues, and building together. Working together, we can achieve real solutions to community problems.

For details on the next Community Conversation, or to join us at our next Capital Region Monthly Meeting, please contact Cedric Fulton at or at 518.965.6771.

In Connecticut: Join Us for Healthy & Just CT Coalition’s Social Justice Advocacy Day

Join the Healthy & Just CT Coalition for our Social Justice Advocacy Day at the Legislative Office Building, next Wednesday, May 29 from 10:30 – 1:00 pm. Families and communities in Connecticut are impacted by mass incarceration, lack of affordable housing, rising healthcare costs, and more.  Members of Healthy & Just CT are working to win reform and secure justice for all in our state.

Participating groups include: BG2G ; Blue Hills Civic Association; FAVOR Inc.; HALT Solitary; Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice; One Standard of Justice; Single Mothers on the Move; Unlock the Vote.

Please click here to RSVP, and to learn more details.

Please contact Kenyatta Thompson with any questions at

In Brooklyn: Tow Fellowship Luncheon

On Tuesday, May 21, our Director of the Women & Girl’s Project, Donna Hylton, attended the Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship Annual Luncheon, a celebration in honor of the 2018-2019 Tow fellows, for their completion of the 2-semester program.

The Tow Policy Advocacy Fellowship is a collaboration between the Tow Foundation and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The fellowship prepares young professionals to be skilled policy advocates for social justice. Katal was proud to host Tow Policy Advocacy Fellow, Sandy Abiad, this year. Sandy was with us for two semesters, working with the Women & Girl’s Project on issues like the Domestic Violence Survivor’s Justice Act.

During this luncheon, the fellows reflected back on their experiences working within policy advocacy organizations — discussing what they contributed to their host organizations, and what they learned within the classroom-based practicum course.

We know that she will go on to be an exceptional advocate for directly impacted women and girls, and wish her luck in all of her future endeavors. And special thank you to the Tow Foundation for their continued support of our work to build more healthy, equitable, and just communities.

In Case You Missed It: Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State (Part 2)

New York just passed historic pretrial justice reforms. Given that the Governor, Senate leaders, and the Assembly speaker made public commitments to end cash bail, why didn’t that happen? And what does it mean?

In a new summary (the 2nd of a 2-part analysis) penned by gabriel sayeghMaking Sense of Bail Reform in New York State, Part 2, we take a deep look into how the new bail law came to be and why it looks the way it does.

Read Making Sense of Bail Reform in New York State, Part 2 here.

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