‘Orange Is the New Black’ Extends Legacy Of The Show With The “Poussey Washington Fund”

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26 Jul 19

The 7th and final season of Orange Is the New Black is now streaming on Netflix, but the producers of the series wanted to do something more, that extended the message of the show into the real world. This resulted in the creation of “The Poussey Washington Fund”, an initiative, named after the memorable character played by Emmy-winning actress Samira Wiley, which will support eight preexisting non-profit advocacy groups who focus on criminal justice reform, protecting immigrants’ rights, ending mass incarceration and supporting women who have been affected by it.

“Through the Poussey Washington Fund, our characters can live on and continue to make an impact after the show has come to an end. Taystee recognized an opportunity to make a difference for her fellow inmates, and we saw no reason why we couldn’t launch our own initiative to have an effect in the real world,” said creator Jenji Kohan.

A fictional version of the “Poussey Washington Fund” also appears in the upcoming season. In it, “Taystee” (Danielle Brooks) works to offer micro-loans to women getting out of prison. The newly launched initiative of the same name is a legacy of a different kind making a real-life difference by giving fans a chance to support these eight non-profit organizations: A New Way of Life: Reentry Project, Anti Recidivism Coalition, College & Community Fellowship, Freedom For Immigrants, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Woman and Girls, unPrison Project, Women’s Prison Association.

The Poussey Washington Fund is supported by GoFundMe.org, an independent, registered 501(c)(3) public charity, and CrowdRise by GoFundMe, the site’s enterprise solution for nonprofits. Donations to The Poussey Washington Fund will be evenly distributed between the organizations. The creative team on OITNB been honoured to tell the stories of these characters and their lives for the past seven seasons and hope that the “Poussey Washington Fund” will galvanize fans of the show to continue their relationship with the series subject matter in real life, with an eye towards positive change.

For more information, head over to crowdrise.com/PWF.