Our favorite Litchfield inmates are back and this season promises to be funny, eye-opening, controversial and devastating — and that’s the only spoiler I’m giving. Season 4 of Orange is the New Black started streaming June 17th and everyone’s Facebook status turned into Netflix and freak out over OITNB. To kick off the premier, the cast partnered with the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) for the 3rd Annual WPA Orange is the New Black Premiere Party and we were there.
Founded in 1845, WPA is an advocacy group that works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. They promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. The WPA also helps women to obtain housing, work and health care after their release. Piper Kerman — the real-life Piper Chapman, serves on the board of the Women’s Prison Association and is an advocate for women who are incarcerated.
The premiere party was epic and attendees from the show included Alysia Reiner (Warden Fig), Barbara Rosenblat (Rosa), Piper Kerman (the real-life Piper Chapman), Laura Gomez (Blanca Flores), Annie Golden (Norma) and a special performance by Jackie Cruz (Flaca). Last year’s party sold out and raised $23,000 and all proceeds went to the Women’s Prison Association.
The writing on the show is phenomenal and the themes of the show start conversations about the issues that women in prison face, but it’s great to know that both the show and cast are advocates of real inmates. To find out more about the Women’s Prison Association, visit http://www.wpaonline.org/.
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