Initiative

Women in Re-entry Fellowship

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At A Glance

What: A small cohort of 5-10 women in re-entry work together for up to 6 months to develop and execute an arts-based advocacy campaign directly addressing issues affecting their lives. Meeting at The Village’s Community Storefront, they build leadership skills and prepare for a healthy and supported transition to life after incarceration.

Why: The criminal justice system reduces people to their criminal record. The Fellowship places people in re-entry as experts at the center of the conversation, and creates a channel for them to work with system stakeholders in a holistic, collaborative approach to reforming the justice system.

Who: Women returning from incarceration, teaching artists, and criminal justice system stakeholders like social service providers, lawyers, judges and public safety officials.

How: The Fellows run free expungement clinics, curate a visiting speaker series, co-lead educational workshops, host monthly Ladies Nights, and operate PPC’s social enterprise. They also create resumes, grow their professional/social network, improve public speaking and interview skills, and set short- and long-term personal goals that are tracked throughout and after the 10-week cycle.

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FORM / REFORM Women in Re-entry Day 2019

Every year, PPC Fellows plan Women in Re-entry Day, an arts-based advocacy event that uses original artwork to free women in time for Mother’s Day and educate and organize hundreds of women citywide.

And Women in Re-entry Day works! Last year, the Fellows raised over $15,000 with their artwork alone to bail out mothers. And due to the enormous turnout for PPC’s Women In Re-entry Day symposium, the ACLU and Community Legal Services decided to reconvene a committee to advance policy supporting women in reentry.

Watch the story here:

Video by Wren René

By the Numbers:

  • 5 cohorts of 30 total Fellows participated in PPC fellowship program
  • In 2018/19, PPC fellows presented at 12 local events, one regional event, and one national event.
  • $15,000 raised in 2019 through original artwork sales to bail out women in time for Mother’s Day

The City’s Commission for Women has released its annual report, featuring the People’s Paper Co-Op!

Making Art for Advocacy

We make media campaigns that destroy stereotypes about women in reentry. The People’s Paper Co-op works together to use art to advocate for the rights and futures of women across the city. You can see some of their amazing art below.