Weekly Update - July 25, 2019

In this issue...

Katal in City Limits: How New York is Failing Those Left Behind at Rikers Island

In Connecticut: Join Us for “A Community Conversation: Harm Reduction in New Haven”

 

Katal in City Limits: How New York is Failing Those Left Behind at Rikers Island

 

The Katal team and leaders rallying for #LessIsMoreNY at the Capitol during the 2019 session.

 

In our latest opinion editorial special to City Limits, Katal's Director of Policy, Erin Corbett, and Director of Health and Harm Reduction, Keith Brown, address how New York is failing people left behind on Rikers. This session, Governor Cuomo and legislators failed to pass legislation that would decarcerate and save lives, and their inaction has implications for the now multi-year effort to finally shutter Rikers Island.

This piece follows a story by the Gothamist which details how Shazaad Husein was reincarcerated for a technical violation of parole, and was then forced to choose between remaining detained on Rikers or stopping the addiction treatment he was receiving. It's a harrowing story.

This summer, we're continuing our organizing work to fix the parole crisis in New York so we can decarcerate and close Rikers once and for all. 

 

Read “Opinion: How New York Is Failing Those Left Behind At Rikers Island” here.

 

For more information on our work to reform the parole system in New York and to join us for our next monthly meeting, contact Cedric Fulton at cfulton@katalcenter.org or at 518.965.6771

 


In Connecticut: Join Us for “A Community Conversation: Harm Reduction in New Haven”

 

 

Join our Healthy & Just CT Coalition Wednesday, July 31 from 6:00 - 7:45 pm at the New Haven Free Public Library (Ives Branch) for a Community Conversation on Harm Reduction in New Haven! Throughout this conversation, we will be discussing the history of harm reduction and the latest trends within the field. We will also hear from impacted residents of New Haven and harm reduction advocates on how we can realize our goal to advance health, equity, and justice in our city.

Contact Kenyatta Thompson at kthompson@katalcenter.org, or at  860-937-6094 for more information. 

 

RSVP to “A Community Conversation: Harm Reduction in New Haven,” here.

 



In Case You Missed It: Be sure to watch Episode 14 of Community Corners, featuring our Community Organizer Cedric Fulton, where he discusses our work across New York and Connecticut, transformative parole reform including our #LessIsMoreNY bill, being left off the table this session in Albany, and our last Community Conversation here. ** must be logged into Facebook to view.

 

 

 

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