Empowering Women And Children Impacted By The Criminal Justice System
Dear New Hour Friend,

With this legislative session ending, we celebrate our many wins for justice and grieve our losses.

Assembly Bill A616, championed by Assemblymember Rosenthal, has passed, allowing for a support person to be present with an incarcerated pregnant person during labor and delivery. This will greatly reduce the trauma mothers face when giving birth inside New York's jails and prisons.

On a sad note, it is with a very heavy heart we share the Elder Parole and Fair and Timely Parole bills did not pass. Despite mobilizing thousands in the largest united effort to date in NYS by the People's Campaign for Parole Justice, our lawmakers failed to recognize the lives of elderly, overwhelmingly Black and Brown people who deserve parole consideration.

We continue to provide direct services to justice-impacted women across Long Island. Save the dates for the following events:

  • June 17th-19th, New Hour will be joining and tabling at the Tribeca Film Festival. Get your free tickets here to view Incarcerated Nation with us.

  • Tuesday, June 29th, 1pm we're inviting New Hour members (and their children!) to join us for our monthly Empowerment Series meeting. Call our office to RSVP, or respond on the Facebook event page here.

In Solidarity,

The New Hour Team
(Amanda, Anitria, Danielle, Daphne, Jess, Kelsey, Lindsay, Pam, Serena, & Shoshana)
Member Spotlight
Last week Aneesah, one of our past New Hour EMERGE grads stopped by! Aneesah shared, "I would not be where I am today without the help of New Hour."

She’s a licensed truck driver travelling between California and Arizona. We are so proud!
In Albany
We joined the People's Campaign for Parole Justice and NYS lawmakers in Albany last week for a sleep-out in support of Elder Parole and Fair and Timely Parole. Our lawmakers failed us last week by not passing these needed bills, but we will fight harder, and we will win.

See the press coverage here, here, here and here.
In the News
Newsday reporter Faith Jessie joined us in Albany while we fought long and hard for parole justice.

Our Executive Director Serena Liguori shared, "We believe in redemption, not retribution. We believe that people can transform and do, and in fact, elder people behind bars have the lowest recidivism rate of anyone - 2%."
LISJAN Monthly Meeting- TODAY!
As part of the Long Island Social Justice Action Network, we'll be joining June's monthly meeting TODAY at noon!

Join us to get involved with advocacy efforts on Long Island and hear about our next steps following the legislative session.