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.
Despite all odds, millions of people have rebuilt their lives and moved on. It’s time for all of us to “come out of the closet.” No one should be punished or marginalized forever. Let’s dispense with the shame and stigma, and find solutions that open doors and create pathways to better lives for everyone.
Through our panel discussion and audience participation, WNW connects these and other audiences to the experiences of people who live and thrive despite their marginalized identities.