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weekly update – october 24, 2019

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In Albany: 2019 NYS Recovery Conference

Join Us In Hartford for Our Upcoming Community Conversation

ICYMI: Katal on “In the Thick” Podcast Live

In Albany: 2019 NYS Recovery Conference

Katal leader Marketa Edwards speaking on the Harm Reduction and Community Organizing panel at the 2019 Recovery Conference.

On Tuesday, October 22, Katal’s director of health and harm reduction Keith Brown moderated the panel session “Harm Reduction and Community Organizing” at the 2019 NYS Recovery Conference in Albany organized by Friends of Recovery NY (FOR-NY).

[L to R] Keith Brown, Jess Tilley, Albie Park, Marketa Edwards.

Katal leader Marketa Edwards joined the panel alongside Jess Tilley and Albie Park of HRH413. The standing-room-only session featured lively discussions about movements and unions; how harm reduction, criminal justice reform, and community organizing intersect and how panelists define each of those; the role of organizers, members, leaders, and allies; and different models of leadership.

We thank FOR-NY for inviting us to this conference and providing the platform for our leaders and team to lead these important conversations!

Join Us In Hartford for Our Upcoming Community Conversation

Join the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice on Wednesday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Kamora’s Cultural Corner for a Community Conversation on Housing and Halfway Houses in the Greater Hartford area! One of our members started this spark, which has grown into a conversation on how we can make our communities safer for us.

Please RSVP using this link. For more information, contact senior community organizer Kenyatta Thompson at 860-937-6094 or at

In Case You Missed It: Katal on “In the Thick” Podcast Live

The overdose epidemic is often treated as an issue among white people—who do make up a majority of opioid overdose victims—but a CDC report released earlier this year found that Black and Latinx people are overdosing and dying increasingly faster than their white counterparts. In Connecticut, where the Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma is based, 93 percent of overdoses in the state are caused by opioids.

On Wednesday, October 16, Katal leader Taylor Ford, alongside our senior community organizer, Kenyatta Thompson, were guests for a live taping of the In The Thick podcast, discussing mental health, trauma, addiction and its underlying roots, and mental health issues in communities of color in Connecticut and beyond.

Stream the full “Addiction in POC Communities” episode of In the Thick.

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