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

This Black History Month, we honor the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout US history and around the world. We continue to fight for equity and continue our efforts to dismantle the systems which perpetuate institutional racism in the criminal justice system and beyond.

We acknowledge the ways in which Black and Brown people are disproportionately impacted by the carceral system, and how this is inextricably tied to an American history rooted in slavery. For the women who walk through our doors, and all our other brothers and sisters, we commit to educating, advocating, and forever fighting for justice.

Here are three ways you can get involved this month and into the next:

  • Apply or refer a friend for our EMERGE leadership and advocacy training program. Learn more and apply here, or share out here.

  • Wednesday, March 9th, in honor of Women's History Month, join the People's Campaign for Parole Justice for their next Advocacy Day: Parole Justice is Gender Justice. RSVP here.

With gratitude,

Serena & the New Hour Team (Amanda, Anitria, Caroline, Danielle, Daphne, Jess, Lindsay, Pam and Shoshana)
Join Our Monthly Support Group Meeting!
We're excited to announce that our monthly empowerment series meetings are starting back up again! Join us tomorrow from 11-12:30 as we discuss healthy relationships and self-love following this Valentine's Day.
Hochul Unbreak Our Hearts
This Valentine's Day, we participated in a rally at City Hall with the Women's Community Justice Association asking Governor Hochul to show transparency and care for the women incarcerated on Rikers. Our ED, Serena, shared, "We receive collect phone calls from the women at Rikers and we plan to visit them. What we offer is community, not more trauma. 9/10 of us who have been behind bars have survived incredible trauma." We call on the Governor to take action to end cycles of trauma, promote healing and reunite families by granting clemency.
Apply For EMERGE Today!
If you identify as a woman and have been impacted by the criminal justice system, EMERGE could be for you! EMERGE is our 15 week leadership and advocacy training program for women and gender-expansive people in reentry. A stipend is awarded upon graduation and transportation can be provided. Learn more and apply today at newhourli.org/applyemerge.