27Jun

6 Degrees of Separation: Women’s Prison Association/Orange is the New Black Twitter Party

WOMENS PRISON ASSOCIATIONI’m hosting a twitter party for one my clients, She Speaks, next week and it’s a VERY special one for me.

Why? Six degrees of separation. You see, three years ago, I produced my first Listen to Your Mother Show in NYC. Alysia Reiner was in the cast.  Alysia joined the cast of my favorite show, Orange is the New Black. Alysia invited me to an event to benefit he Women’s Prison Association (WPA)  this past year and I met their team. I  produced LYTM again and we chose WPA as our chosen charity. As a member of the Netstream #StreamTeam, I have interviewed cast members of OITNB, visited the set and attended the premiere.

And now? This.

The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) is partnering with the award-winning engagement platform SheSpeaks to host a Twitter Party featuring Piper Kerman, author of the highly-acclaimed book Orange is the New Black and WPA’s Board Vice President; and actress, advocate and WPA Honorary Council member, Alysia Reiner of the Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black.  The live, hour-long discussion will focus on WPA’s newly launched “2nd Chances” awareness campaign which encourages viewers to share their stories and contribute to WPA’s efforts.

Twitter Party participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of Piper Kerman and Alysia Reiner, to learn about WPA’s work for women, to win prizes, and to make charitable donations to WPA.

The party will take place on Twitter using hashtag #2ndChances on Wednesday, July 2 from 1-2 p.m. EST.  Follow @SheSpeaksUp to RSVP and to be eligible for prizes, or click here for more information.  Follow @WPA_NYC, @Piper, and @AlysiaReiner to prepare for participation.

About the Women’s Prison Association

Since its founding in 1845, WPA has been at the forefront of services for women and families who are or have been involved in the criminal justice system. WPA seeks to promote effective responses to crime that enhance public safety and reduce over-reliance on incarceration. Its program services make it possible for women to obtain work, housing, and health care; to rebuild their families; and to participate fully in civic life. Today, WPA is a multi-service organization assisting over 1,500 women and 500 children annually from three community sites in Manhattan and East New York. WPA has jail-based offices at Rikers Island as well as Taconic and Bedford Hills Correctional Facilities. www.wpaonline.org

About the 2nd Chances Campaign

We’ve all been given a second chance – at life, at love… a chance to change direction, to learn a new way, or to right a wrong. WPA’s 2nd Chances Campaign seeks to highlight this shared experience and bring attention to our work to support justice-involved women and their families. You can share your story, make a donation, and enter to win Orange is the Black-themed prizes at www.2ndChancesCampaign.org.

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