Our Name

Our name – Katal – is drawn from the chemical process of catalysis and its components:

  • catalysis is a change and especially increase in the rate of a chemical reaction induced by a catalyst (Merriam-Webster)
  • catalyst is an agent that provokes or speeds significant change or action (Merriam-Webster)
  • katal is the unit of measurement that expresses the activity of a catalyst (American Heritage)

Our name is inspired by, and draws from, these concepts. It reflects our interest to accelerate the process of social change to secure health, equity, and justice in our communities; develop effective leaders and groups (change agents); and measure and evaluate the impact of our work.

our mission

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:

  • Ending mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs.
  • Advancing evidence-based solutions to promote health and safety, eliminate unwarranted racial disparities, and secure equitable and outcomes.
  • Building leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhood residents, organizers, advocates, and groups to effectively drive and shape real change.

what we do

As a community organization and collaborative partner, we utilize organizing, advocacy, leadership development, and research to secure transformative and lasting change. Our work includes:

  • Developing and executing high-impact organizing and advocacy reform campaigns at the municipal and state level, frequently through collaborations with partner organizations who share our values
  • Building leadership and organizing capacity of directly impacted people, neighborhood residents, and local groups
  • Leveraging municipal and county level reform work to advance state-based reforms.
  • Practicing facilitative leadership, a co-creative model centered on deep collaboration
  • Utilizing public health research, tools, and methodologies
  • Providing training and technical assistance for organizing, campaign development, advocacy, communications, and more
  • Measuring and evaluate the quantitative and qualitative impact of our work