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weekly update – october 30, 2020

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Protest at Gov. Cuomo’s NYC Office: Pass #LessIsMoreNY Now!

Join Us Thursday, 11/5 for our Connecticut Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call

Protest at Gov. Cuomo’s NYC Office: Pass #LessIsMoreNY Now! 

Community groups, family members of incarcerated people and a brass band convene outside of Gov. Cuomo’s NYC office to demand passage of the #LessIsMoreNY Act.

On Monday, we organized a protest outside of Governor Cuomo’s NYC office, demanding passage of #LessIsMoreNY. Dozens of constituents – including individuals on parole, and community groups – gathered for the protest. Throughout the protest, constituents spoke about Governor Cuomo and the legislature’s outrageous reluctance to reform the parole system and end the senseless practice of incarcerating New Yorker’s for technical violations of parole, especially during COVID-19.

For images and videos of Monday’s NYC action, see our Twitter feed here.

The action follows a new study released last week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) that advises policymakers, corrections leaders, and public health officials to ramp up decarceration efforts in order to mitigate the continuing threat of COVID-19. The report amplifies the calls by community groups across the state for Cuomo to take urgent action to save lives in the face of COVID-19. In the face of COVID-19, Cuomo has largely ignored the health and well being of his incarcerated constituents and their loved ones, leaving them to suffer.

Katal contact, Aidee, reading Katal Member Gabriela Vazquez’s testimony during Monday’s rally.

Katal member Cassondra holds up #LessIsMoreNY signs during Monday’s action.
  • Read our full release, here.
  • For images and videos of Monday’s NYC action, see our Twitter feed, here.
  • New York residents can join us today in taking action online, here.

For more information about our #LessIsMoreNY campaign and how to get involved, contact NY Organizer Melanie Dominguez at or at 516-588-0127.

Join Us Thursday, 11/5 for our Connecticut Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call

Save the date! Join us next Thursday, November 5th from 11 a.m. to noon for our next Connecticut Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call held digitally via zoom. These calls bring together organizers and advocates to share updates about criminal justice reform in Connecticut, and discuss ways to align, coordinate, and support each other’s work to end mass incarceration. In the midst of this pandemic, these calls are another way to connect with each other to continue our collective movement work for freedom and justice. Register for the meeting here.

In New York? Want to learn more about the #LessIsMoreNY Act and get involved as a member or volunteer? Contact Kenyatta Thompson at

Keep practicing social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands, and check in on your neighbors. If you want to get involved, learn more about our work, or just connect, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

For printing and distribution, Katal Weekly Update PDF version.

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