Come out on Wednesday night, March 18th and get your dance on while supporting the life-changing work of the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), a non-profit service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories realize new possibilities for themselves and their families. Their philosophy is at the crux of every service they provide:
WPA believes that every woman has the potential and right to live a satisfying, productive life. Women who have been incarcerated or otherwise involved in the criminal justice system are often defined solely by their criminal histories. At WPA, we believe that women who have made poor choices should not be forever limited by their mistakes.
In a supportive and trusting environment, women can take responsibility for their decisions and move forward to create lives characterized by more positive contributions to their families and communities. At WPA, we encourage women to explore their life histories to identify their strengths and understand the choices they’ve made. Rooted in a deeper understanding of self, a woman can find her voice and grow to view herself as a unique and worthy human being with a future that is hers to chart.
With national recidivism rates running fairly high, WPA’s Alternative to Incarceration program has an impressively high percentage–88%–of graduates remaining arrest-free 6-18 months post completion; the first six-months are widely recognized as the highest risk period for re-arrest among women. Luz A., a bi-lingual case manager for Women in Need is one such success story, who after more than 20 years of drug abuse has found the tools of self-determination through WPA’s Women’s Advocacy Project and is now pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration.
Hazelle Goodman, Leon and Free of Power 105.1 hosts, help get the party started at 8pm at Brooklyn’s performance venue, Southpaw. Tickets (available at TicketWeb) are just $25 for night of dancing to sets from DJ D-Nice and DJ Cassidy; performances from fierce sistahs Hanifah Walidah and Liza Jessie Peterson and hip hop icons Naughty by Nature will be on hand to rock the house.
Luz has turned her life around with the help of the WPA. Honor its 160-year legacy by attending the Southpaw fundraiser.
125 Fifth Avenue
(near Sterling Place)