What’s Next Washington
We are formerly incarcerated individuals and allies working together to improve our ability to reintegrate into society
The Stigma We Carry - An Evening With The Formerly Incarcerated, Drug Addicts & Society’s Castaways
Can we imagine ourselves surviving incarceration? When we see the homeless and addicted on the streets, can we imagine being them? Do we believe the homeless and addicted will ever live and thrive surrounded by family and community? Do we realize that they already do?
Our lack of identification with people often serves to keep them on the margins and locked out of opportunities – opportunities we take for granted. And yet. Despite all odds, millions of people have rebuilt their lives and now live as we do. It’s time for those of us who have been there to “come out of the closet.”
Join us for an evening of stories and hear about how so many of your friends and neighbors have overcome addiction, trauma, and the stigma of incarceration, and how their experiences serve to make all of us more resilient.
Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to What’s Next Washington.
WNW is proud to announce that we are partnering with Ventures Nonprofit to bring you The Stigma We Carry at The 2100 Building. Ventures is a Seattle-based nonprofit that empowers aspiring
entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential. We provide access to business training, capital, coaching, and hands-on learning opportunities for entrepreneurs. We serve those in our community for whom traditional business development services are out of reach, with a focus on women, people of color, immigrants, and individuals with low income. Our ultimate goal is to support individuals to increase their
income potential, achieve long-term financial stability, provide for their families, and enrich their communities through small business ownership.
Can’t join us for this event? Consider making a donation directly to What’s Next Washington.
What’s Next Washington is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It convenes, supports, and scales organizations with the goal of replacing mass incarceration with anti-racist solutions that work better for everyone. Our first priority is to significantly reduce recidivism. Because the two key drivers of recidivism are the inability to find a job or a place to live, our efforts are focused on these two areas. We work with community members to develop policy changes and a culture that welcomes people in – so that all of us can thrive.
WNW uses media and communications strategies (like this!) to change the public’s perceptions of those who have been formerly incarcerated. We build leaders among the formerly incarcerated and directly impacted so that they can take their rightful place as leaders in systems change. If you would like to know more about our work, please message us on Facebook or on our Contact page.