Orange Is The New Black launches Poussey Washington Fund - here's how to donate
29 July 2019, 19:54 | Updated: 29 July 2019, 19:58
In the season 7 finale of Orange Is The New Black, it was revealed that a fund has been set up in the name of fictional character, Poussey Washington.
While Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) was a fictional character in hit Netflix series, Orange Is The New Black, what happened to her in the show was all too real, resonating with audiences worldwide and evoking a strong reaction from viewers.
In season 4, the Litchfield Prison inmate was the focus of one of the most harrowing story lines of all-time, as her body was crushed under the weight of CO Bayley (Alan Aisenberg).
Perhaps even more devastating than her death scene was the fact that Bayley was protected by then-warden, Joe Caputo, and the other prison guards. Her death went unreported and triggered a riot, as her best friend Taystee (Danielle Brooks) and others rallied together in order to provide justice for their late friend.
Three seasons on, in the show's seventh and final ever series, Taystee reached out to Caputo (Nick Sandow), in the hopes of starting a fund for prisoners in Poussey's name.
As Brooks' vocals bled out through the speakers in the post-credits scene, it was revealed that the fund wasn't just something for effect - but is a real charity that viewers and the public can donate to.
How can I donate to the Poussey Washington Fund?
At the end of season 7, a link was provided for viewers, encouraging them to donate to pre-existing, non-profit organisations that seek to improve the criminal justice system, reinforce immigrants' rights and supporting women who have been incarcerated.
The eight groups represented by the fund include; 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.
Should you wish to donate, you can do so by visiting CrowdRise.com, or US viewers can text 41411 for more information.
Donations will be evenly distributed across all eight organisations.