A LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER, WALEISAH WILSON ON USING HUMANIZING LANGUAGE MATTERS!
It is #GAReentryAwarenessMonth2022 and we want to start it with a call to action that you support us by committing to use humanizing language when referring to those of us with criminal records instead of using derogatory, disrespectful, triggering, and dehumanizing labels such as "felons", “inmates,” “criminals,” "ex-cons", "sex offenders", “prisoners,” “convicts,” “delinquents,” “super predators,” and “offenders.” We are more than our criminal records and should not be defined by our pasts and limited by labels. You can read the full statement here.
To support you on your journey of using humanizing language, please read The Fortune Society’s “Words Matter” guide and watch our January 2022 event "I am Not Your Convict- Words Matter: Using Humanizing Language to End Stigmas" which can be viewed on our YouTube Channel
GACHEP added 4 new board directors to their team! Congrats to our founder, Waleisah Wilson, for being among one of the newest additions to the board of directors of Georgia Coalition for Higher Education in Prison (GACHEP). Waleisah joins a great team of directors, including fellow directly impacted activist and community organizer Kareemah Hanifah. Find out more about GACHEP and the new directors at https://www.gachep.org/home
Last week, Represent Justice announced its 2022 National Ambassadors and you guessed it, our founder Waleisah Wilson,
is among the group of formerly incarcerated/directly impacted leaders who will be changing the narrative and sharing their stories to #RepresentJustice in 2022!
Watch the video clip of the ambassadors' answer to "What is Justice?"
Press Release: https://buff.ly/3IBWyW5
Meet the ambassadors who defy what society says we CAN'T be: https://buff.ly/3IBWyW5
Our Founder is one of the newest additions, to JustleadershipUSA's Impact Council!
Don't Shop Where You Can't Work
Here at NewLife-Second Chance Outreach, Inc. we believe that EVERYONE deserves a second chance and that everyone has dignity and the potential to be productive community members when given the chance to. As an organization that EXCLUSIVE serves those impacted by a criminal conviction, we are committed to empowering those we serve who deserve second chances get the opportunities they are so often denied. We have put out a call to action for direcly impacted individuals, our familes, friends and allies to be intentional in where we spend our money by ONLY supporting businesses that support us.
Therefore, we are asking that you NOT shop where you and your loved one cannot work! Going forward, we will be highlighing businesses throughout the country that are 2nd chance employers and are asking that you support them and to thank them for believing in 2nd chances. We want to get the point across that despite being locked out of employment oppoortunites because of a criminal conviction, we are still consumers and if businesses will not support us, we will support those that do! You can read more about our campaign to support 2nd chance employers on our Facebook call to action campain page: Don't Shop Where You Can't Work.
In case you missed the March 9th Talk Justice Tuesday conversation on reentry featuring our founder, Restore Georgia, Recovery Warriors, Georgia Justice Project, Liberty County Reentry Coalition and Albany Second Chance.
Justice Day 2020: Columbus Criminal Justice Reform Advocates Ride the Bus to the Capitol
Along with other Georgia organizations, we co-hosted Justice Day 2020! Our founder, coordinated and led efforts for Columbus supporters and others directly impacted by the criminal justice system to be transported to the Capitol to attend Justice Day 2020's day long advocacy event. You can watch WTVM's news interview of the bus boarding and Waleisah's interview here.
Founder Urges City Council To #EndCashBail in Columbus, GA on 1/14/20
Our founder, Waleisah, spoke before city council urging them to stop supporting the criminalization of the poor and to #EndCashBail and pretrial detention in Columbus, GA. You can watch her news interview here