My name is Pamela Winn and I’m a
formerly incarcerated woman. I’m also a Dignity for
Incarcerated Women Ambassador
with #cut50, fighting on the frontlines to change the very system I
was once a part of.
I’m being featured in Essence Magazine to highlight the
accomplishments of our Dignity campaign in my home state of Georgia
and around the country:
Growing up as a young black girl in
Georgia, Essence was the magazine that
featured women who look like me and came from communities like mine.
Reading about the journeys of accomplished black women was empowering
and inspiring – especially in the south where black women were
oppressed instead of celebrated.
Today, I’m featured in that same
magazine – and it’s astounding to me! Being recognized for my
accomplishments despite my mistakes is priceless; I am now a leader in
a movement that celebrates redemption and humanization.
Being part of a movement – to
bring Dignity to Incarcerated Women – is a great privilege. The Dignity campaign is led by other
formerly incarcerated women like myself who know the conditions inside
of prisons firsthand. Our efforts empower women like us to share their
stories and work with state lawmakers to create sensible reforms that
our voiceless sisters behind bars will benefit from.
As of this month, we are halfway to our goal of passing
Dignity bills in 20 states by 2020 – including the Dignity Act Georgia, which was signed into law
this past May!
fought hard and won for incarcerated women, and I’m not alone – I’m
just one part of a national movement lifting up the voices of women in
state prisons across the country.
invite you to share this proud moment with me by reading about my role
in the Dignity Campaign as told in Essence Magazine.
Dignity Ambassador, Georgia
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