Truth Be Told graduates advocate for all justice-involved women at the Capitol

On March 8, International Women’s Day, a group of Truth Be Told graduates used the power of their stories to advocate on behalf of all justice-involved women in Texas.

Graduates Margie O’Neal, Lisa Davis-Bell, Kimberly Davis, Chelsea Williams, Dara Musick, Evelyn Fulbright, Laurie Pherigo and Lauren Johnson were part of a much larger community of formerly incarcerated women who gathered at the Capitol to participate in Women’s Injustice Day, a day of community and advocacy hosted by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. The event’s objective was to raise awareness on a shortlist of bills in the 86th Legislative session that, if they became law, would improve the lives of the more than 12,000 justice-involved women in Texas.

Truth Be Told goes to university!

On Valentine’s Day, Truth Be Told spread love, knowledge, hope and wisdom beyond prison walls.

Executive Director Katie Ford and program graduate Dara Musick, who is a donor and volunteer for Truth Be Told since she left prison in November 2010, paid a visit to The University of Texas’ Michener Center for Writers. They spoke to students enrolled in a class called, “Literary Citizenship: Teaching Writing for Social Change.”

Through the eyes of a facilitator and program graduate, Katie and Dara shared their respective experiences of Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me program. They offered guidance and techniques on how to create safe space for reflection, personal writing and sharing stories. Dara opened the session by leading a community-building exercise, and Katie wrapped their time together with a storytelling activity she often does with the women at Lockhart Correctional.