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Katal works to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance health, equity, and justice for everyone. We are focused on three big, inter-related goals:


evidence-based solutions to achieve healthier, safer, more equitable communities.


leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhood residents, as well as organizers, advocates, and community groups, to effectively drive and shape real change.


mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs.

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    Mar 2019

    Community-Based Pre-Arrest Diversion Call

    Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 03:00 PM

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    Goals for the monthly Community-Based Pre-Arrest Diversion call:

    • Sharing ideas, lessons, and practical tools for community groups working to establish community based diversion programs rooted in health and racial equity
    • Improving municipal based public safety strategies through public health services, harm reduction, and public education
    • Connecting community groups across the with their peers working develop, implement, and sustain accountability in pre-arrest and other diversion projects

    About the Monthly Calls: 

    Today, many different types of pre-arrest diversion programs and practices are proliferating across the U.S.; community groups and leaders have wildly different experiences and levels of engagement in the development, implementation of, and accountability for such projects. Sometimes, community groups are involved in such efforts. Increasingly, city agencies and police departments are launching diversion efforts with little or no meaningful input from community groups and directly impacted people. Many programs are being called “diversion” but do nothing to address the problems of mass incarceration, mass criminalization, or institutionalized racism.

    The monthly calls are a place for community groups to engage, learn, and grow together. If you are seeking technical support for developing a pre-arrest diversion program in your community, or want to learn about how other community groups are organizing around diversion, please join us!

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    Mar 2019

    NYC Monthly Meeting: Less Is More, Parole Reform

    Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Location: Katal Center (Brooklyn Office) in Brooklyn, NY

    Are you concerned about the issues impacting your neighborhood around parole supervision? Have you or a loved one been impacted by parole supervision and mass incarceration?

    Katal is hosting monthly Less Is More NY meetings to drive meaningful discussions about New York's racial criminal justice system and our Less Is More Act. Impacted members of the community, community groups, activists, and advocates interested in working towards overhauling the parole system are invited to join. 

    Contact Donna Hylton at dhylton@katalcenter.org for more information and if you'd like to RSVP.

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    Mar 2019

    CT Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call

    Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11:00 AM

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    The goals for the monthly CT Statewide Criminal Justice Reform Call: 

    • Share and Highlight issues, campaigns, and projects that groups are working on to advance statewide reform;
    • Identify ways to align, coordinate, and support each other in the work to end mass incarceration;
    • Strengthen organizing and advocacy across issues and build movement in Connecticut.
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