logo
Twitter/DEADLINE
Twitter/DEADLINE

'Orange Is the New Black' Launches Real-Life Poussey Washington Fund

Claudine Varela
Aug 01, 2019
11:40 A.M.

Coinciding with the final season of "Orange Is the New Black," show creators launched a real-life Poussey Washington Fund inspired by its fictional version on the show.

Advertisement

The fund aims to extend the show's efforts at encouraging reforms in the American justice system. The Poussey Washington Fund is the newest fund-raising organization on the GoFundMe block.

According to recent reports, producers of Netflix original “Orange is the New Black” which popularized the character inspired by the fund launched the initiative to help in efforts to reform the American justice system.

Advertisement

IT BEGAN WITH THE FICTIONAL FUND

The fund was launched coinciding with the show’s final season which also introduces a fictional Poussey Washington Fund created by Danielle Brooks’ character, Taystee.

The fund is in honor of her murdered best friend played by Samira Wiley and is devoted to providing microloans to formerly incarcerated women.

The radical show didn’t only give viewers an insight into the realities of prison life but it also shed light on important social issues such as racial inequality, mental health, the plight of the LGBTQ community, prison reform, and immigration

Advertisement
Advertisement

IT'S NOW A REAL LIFE FUND

As an extension of the show after its end, the real Poussey Washington Fund was created though with a different goal.

According to its GoFundMe-run page, it aims to support eight non-profit organizations which focus their efforts on “social issues surrounding criminal justice and policy reform, immigrants’ rights and helping those affected by mass incarceration.”

It adds, “The Orange Is The New Black creative team created the fund to support organizations in their effort to rethink, revise and reform justice in America.”

Advertisement

HOW THE SHOW TRANSCENDED THE BOUNDARIES OF TV

“Orange is the New Black” took viewers through seven seasons documenting Taylor Schilling’s character, Piper Chapman’s 18-month stay in prison.

She was serving time for assisting her ex-girlfriend, Alex (played by Laura Prepon) in smuggling drugs.

Advertisement

The radical show didn’t only give viewers an insight into the realities of prison life but it also shed light on important social issues such as racial inequality, mental health, the plight of the LGBTQ community, prison reform, and immigration. Thus, creating a fund to help in addressing these issues was a natural progression for the show.

OINTB consultant and writer, Piper Kerman, whose life inspired the series bid goodbye to the show via a cameo during the finale and a parting message on Twitter. She wrote,

"So, as we say goodbye to @OITNB, let us say goodbye to a criminal justice system that has unfairly and unnecessarily destroyed too many lives."

Advertisement

With the launch of the Poussey Washington Fund, it is our hope that show's efforts in encouraging change won't go to waste. We salute the people behind the initiative.

It speaks volumes of what television can do beyond the boundaries of the small screen. “Orange is the New Black” proves there’s more to storytelling and a lot more we can do to make the world a better place.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Inside '9-1-1: Lone Star's' Ronen Rubinstein Personal Life Including Coming Out & His Girlfriend

January 25, 2022

Roseanne Barr Blamed Sara Gilbert for Destroying Her — Her Family-Oriented Life After the Scandal

March 13, 2022

‘Snowfall’ Star Damson Idris’s Parents & How They Influenced His Approach to Life

April 08, 2022

Minnie Riperton Took Last Breath in Her Husband's Arms at 31 — Inside Their Interracial Marriage

April 26, 2022

Rich Man Left by His Parents in Orphanage 57 Years Ago Finds Them in Nursing Home – Story of the Day

April 21, 2022

‘Tokyo Vice’ Heads Towards Season Finale - Will There Be a Season 2?

April 25, 2022

Little Boy Has to Do His Homework under Dim Street Lamp, a Millionaire Notices Him

May 10, 2022

Who Is Milo Ventimiglia Dating? Inside the Personal Life of the 'This Is Us' Star

May 20, 2022

Meet the 'How I Met Your Father' Main Cast's Real-Life Partners & Their Families

January 26, 2022

Mom Takes Own Life after Hearing Daughter Can't Walk, Grieving Dad Proves the Prognosis Wrong

February 19, 2022

Samuel L Jackson & Wife Are Married for 41 Years & 'Still Love Each Other' Though They Took 10 Years to Wed

March 10, 2022

Celia Imrie's Son Is Her Spitting Image & a Gifted Actor — She Once Claimed She Made an Agreement to Have Him

March 01, 2022

Meet Leslie Uggam's Kids with Husband Who It Was Socially Taboo & Illegal to Marry In Several States

April 28, 2022

Charlie Sheen Could Not Understand the Chaos He Created in His Life Because of His Addictions

January 31, 2022