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YUPP Advocacy

Working with the

community to make a   real difference  in New Haven and Connecticut.

YUPP Advocacy seeks to address the prison-industrial complex and mass incarceration through lobbying, organizing, and innovative legislative advocacy. We work alongside and take direction from those in the community most affected by these issues.

We are always looking for new ways to amplify community activists and advance progressive policy in the Connecticut State Legislature and New Haven Board of Alders.

Below are our advocacy projects for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Cage Free Cannabis

Advocating for an equitable, sustainable, and reparative cannabis industry at local, state, and federal levels.

Full Citizens Coalition

Restoring voting rights to formerly incarcerated people and further protecting the right to vote for those affected by felony disenfranchisement laws.

Justice Impact Movement

Making justice-impacted individuals a protected class in college admissions and allowing them to contribute to the justice dialogue.

Katal Center

Advancing solutions to achieve more equitable communities, building leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhoods, and ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs.

Reproductive Justice Inside

Eliminating barriers for incarcerated and detained individuals to receive quality and timely sexual and reproductive healthcare.

Peer Defense Project

Reclaiming NYC students’ legal rights using tools to support student movements:  integrating schools, abolishing juvenile incarceration, and gaining youth suffrage.

Police Accountability

Researching and collecting data regarding policing that supports local organizers, led entirely by students.

Fighting to end the use of solitary confinement statewide and replace isolation with humane, safe, and effective alternatives.

Stop Solitary CT

Empowering formerly incarcerated trauma-survived, justice-impacted women, girls, and families through re-entry work, advocacy, and political education.

Women Against Mass Incarceration