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Tonight, participants in WPA’s Women’s Leadership & Media Project donned their business dress, navigated the @oculus, and even overcame a fear of heights to join the amazing @mic team in the clouds at . As if the fabulous view of Manhattan wasn’t enough, the Mic team gave us a behind-the-scenes view of a newsroom in action, showed us the power of visual storytelling, and helped us hone our media interview skills. Thanks for the warm welcome, Mic! And for centering the stories of change-makers like the amazing women of WPA! “and when we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed but when we are silent we are still afraid So it is better to speak” -audre lorde

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There have been big wins and losses in the fight for justice since Malcom X’s autobiography was published in 1965. Today, we're celebrating significant wins for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated folks across the country. Colorado's Amendment A to abolish forced unpaid prison labor ✔️ Florida's Amendment 4 to restore voting rights for most people convicted of felonies ✔️ Louisiana's Amendment 2 that will require a unanimous verdict of a 12-member jury for a felony conviction ✔️

This week, @tayjschilling came out with us to post bail for a woman held at Rikers because she couldn’t afford her bail amount. Taylor is the supporter every org dreams of: she always shows up, works to learn as much as possible, and she feels deeply for the women with whom we partner. We’re thankful for her continued support of WPA, the @massbailout, and criminal justice reform for women. @rfkhumanrights @oitnb

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We kicked off this week with a post and we needed it! Today, Friday, there’s no hashtag to describe a hectic, challenging, fulfilling, inspiring week at WPA, so we’ll just let this quote from Director, Miriam Goodman explain it for us.

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‪“To theorize that women are less a danger to themselves or others in jail is to erase their agency and to ignore the many needs we neglect to meet as a community.” WPA’s Executive Director, Georgia Lerner on the ‬via Read the whole at the link in our profile. 👆🏽

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‪Tonight’s star-studded is a call to support criminal justice . Big thanks to @tidal & @massbailout for putting those w/ CJ experience front & center (literally). Our participants are feeling the love in row 6! 🎤 ‬

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Thanks to the New York City Domestic Violence Task Force's Community Driven Solutions subcommittee for visiting WPA this week. The Taskforce creates space for intentional community conversations about specific and innovative ways the City can disrupt the continuation of intimate partner violence. This is particularly relevant for the WPA community: nearly 60% of women in prison nation-wide, and as many as 94% of some women’s prison populations, have a history of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated. 

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Wow. What an honor to welcome Ms. Susan Burton to WPA today. Ms. Burton, founder of @anewwayoflifela, met with residents of WPA’s Hopper Home to discuss her book “Becoming Ms. Burton” and to engage in important conversation about criminal justice reform, including the importance of housing and the decriminalization of trauma. Ms. Burton said, “Formerly incarcerated people, especially women, have no voice. I found my voice when I realized that I could no longer shake my head helplessly and do nothing.” Thank you, Ms. Burton, for sharing your story and inspiring us and others to keep making change happen. Ms. Burton asked the residents to introduce themselves with their name and a dream. Some of their dreams are shared above.

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“Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change in established, outgrown responses; for instance, it is learning to address each other's difference with respect. We share a common interest, survival, and it cannot be pursued in isolation from others simply because their differences make us uncomfortable. We know what it is to be lied to. The 60s should teach us how important it is not to lie to ourselves. Not to believe that revolution is a one-time event, or something that happens around us rather than inside of us. Not to believe that freedom can belong to any one group of us without the others also being free. How important it is not to allow even our leaders to define us to ourselves, or to define our sources of power to us.”

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Tonight, WPA Program Directors, Sharon and Miriam, sat down with alongside @RFKHumanRights on @NY1’s to talk about the @MassBailOut. They are committed champions for reform and teach us every day how to listen to, support, and advocate for women. NY’ers can watch them tonight at 11. 📺 Thank you Sharon and Miriam for your hard work and dedication to seeking justice for women!

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It’s been a week. This feels like a deep breath. “There is always something we can do to contribute to making our communities better.” Heartfelt thanks to you - our supporters who motivate us - and to our sheroes @cleowade & @piperkerman. @cleowade (@get_repost) ・・・ I am sure many of you watch Orange Is The New Black. And what you may or may not know is that it is based on a true story about @piperkerman. And this is her. Most people wonder what someone would do after creating a best selling book that gets turned into a hit TV show. Well, Piper moved her family to Ohio where she works in a men’s and a women’s prison teaching a non fiction writing class. When I found out I would be speaking in Columbus this month, I immediately called Piper and asked if I could come to one of her classes. I spent today in The Ohio Reformatory For Women reading poetry and talking to an amazing group of women about love, family, vulnerability, and the writing process. On days like today where our world seems so out of control, it is important for us to remember that there is always always something we can do to contribute to making our communities better. There is something we can do to give another human being the gift of seeing them and hearing them. When we can’t control the Senate or the Supreme Court, let us remember that we have so much power to smile at our neighbor and change their day or help someone in need. We can’t do everything but we can all do SOMETHING. Piper, thank you so much for answering the call when I asked to tag along to work with you. I am so grateful to our beloved @wpa_nyc tribe for bringing us together. To everyone out there looking for some light in all of this darkness, I recommend you start by doing one kind or generous thing for another person. That is where the spark lives. I love you so much.

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Last week, First Lady of Japan, Mrs. Akie Abe, visited WPA’s Hopper Home, the nation’s first shelter for justice-involved women. Executive Director, Georgia Lerner and Hopper Home Program Director, Sharon White-Harrigan, briefed the First Lady on how WPA addresses the root causes of justice involvement to help women avoid arrest and incarceration from within the community. WPA is honored to have been selected as the First Lady’s go-to source for addressing the mass incarceration of women. More importantly, her visit shows the women of WPA that there is a world of support behind them. 🌎🌏 You can see more pictures in our stories 👆🏽 and read Sharon’s personal account of the day at bit.ly/WPAJAPAN

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WPA stands with survivors of gender-based violence. Did you know that 94% of women in prison report histories of physical or sexual abuse before being incarcerated? Follow us throughout the month to learn more about the intersection of gender-based violence and criminal justice involvement. 💜💜💜

We are so proud of WPA grad Kamilah, for using her (brilliant, fierce, knowing) voice to call for the equality & safety of Black women at the in DC today. ✊🏽 See clips of her speech in our story. 👆🏽

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The system we have calls for radical action. WPA envisions a system that is radically different than the one we have today. We are working towards a future that replaces our reliance on incarceration with constructive, community-driven responses.

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We do not believe in “one size fits all” strategies. WPA's programs are designed to address histories of trauma, mental health, parental stress, and other factors specific to women. In doing so, we successfully provide tailored services to women and their families before, during, after, and even instead of incarceration. Thank you @chimamanda_adichie for this week's .