TOTALLY TRUE THINGS: A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS STORYTELLING SHOW
and Lifestage, Inc
WE ARE STILL HUMAN
written & performed by Helena Lewis
7:30 pm EDT Live-streaming
We Are Still Human explores through narrative story telling, poetry, and monologues the marginalized voices of incarcerated women. Over the past three decades, the number of women incarcerated has increased by eight-hundred percent. This increase can be attributed to untreated mental illness, substance abuse, social and economic disparities, and tougher sentencing laws for women’s drug offenses. However, the current correctional system does not take into consideration the gendered needs of women who are incarcerated and how their reentry into society can be hindered by unresolved grief and loss.
This event provides 1.5 contact hours of Continuing Education for social workers in NYS (provider #0270)
Helena D. Lewis is a theatrical scholar-practitioner who uses qualitative research and social work theories to illuminate the nuances of social justice issues that impact marginalized and incarcerated voices. After obtaining her BA in Biology from Rutgers University, Helena developed, implemented and supervised a drop-in center for sex workers with substance use disorders (SUD) for the Community At Risk Reduction (CARR) Program in Newark, New Jersey and helped develop a vocational rehabilitation component for a Department of Corrections (DOC) Residential Community Release Program (RCRP) for women.
Following the performance, a panel discussion moderated by host/producer Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP. CPAI will include Justice Rountree, Expert on mass incarceration and reentry. Read more below:
Totally True Things is produced by Lifestage, Inc www.lifestage.me
This is a live-streamed live performance. A link to watch the show online will be emailed the afternoon of the show.