Posted by Vanessa Garrison – August 22, 2016
After a weekend of record activity - walking and organizing across the country, this is a public thank you to the women who make GirlTrek work.
GirlTrek is structured to deliver social impact through service and volunteerism. Deeply inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, GirlTrek's success is directly tied to the hundreds of dedicated women who devote countless hours to leading walks, organizing in their communities, sharing information through their networks and using their own personal stories as a source of inspiration and motivation for others. On any given day our volunteers sacrifice time with their families, give up precious sleep, invest their own dollars and put their personal endeavors on hold to work for the greater good - healthier families, safer streets and more vibrant communities. After being completely overwhelmed with the amount of good news coming from every part of the country this weekend, we said today's Monday Motivation has to be dedicated to these women - the City Captains, Neighborhood Captains and Team Leaders who give life - literally - every time they put on superhero blue. They put in so much work that it's hard to know where to start the celebration...
Posted by Tanya Morgan – August 19, 2016
Happening Now! #BlackGirlJusticeLeague Activate!
Whatchu' know about the hustle and determination of Black women? You can't tell us that we don't show up for our communities everyday in every way that counts. Right now there's a crew of #JusticeCrusaders wearing superhero blue out in the streets of Chicago registering people to vote. Shout out to Keinika, Julie and Sue! Today because of their efforts an 88-year-old man registered to vote for the first time. Think about that. Think about those who came before us and put in the same effort and then get to work yourself! We need you. We want every woman reading this to join the #BlackGirlJusticeLeague and commit to walking people to the polls on election day.How do you join? Just walk 50-miles or register 50-voters or host a pop up registration table in your community before November 8th. Then forward this email to 2-3 women who you know should join you. That's how movements grow!
|"Revolution is not a one-time event. It is becoming always vigilant for the smallest opportunity to make a genuine change." - Audre Lorde
19 for 19
Posted by Tanya Morgan – August 15, 2016
This is not a drill.
Vanessa and I pinky swear to you right here, right now to achieve a personal goal. We will each register 19 PEOPLE to vote by next Monday!
I'm kinda shaking in my boots! ...but
I'm 'bout to be like:
"Excuse me Ms. Jenkins, are you registered to vote?
"Oh great, I can help you register before the November presidential election! We are canvassing our communities to make sure that all our people are registered to vote! GirlTrek is a national health nonprofit and we've partnered with Rock the Vote to provide an easy way to register. It takes 2 minutes and you can do it all from your cell phone!
- Go to GirlTrek.org.
- Under join, select REGISTER TO VOTE
- Enter the basics - your name, email address, etc.
That's it! Your complete forms will be emailed to you. Just print it, put a stamp on it and voila, you're all set! We'll even send you a reminder on voting day!"
And that ain't it. This morning, we challenged 10 of our friends to join us!
They said YES!
Follow us this week at #BlackGirlJusticeLeague
...but don't sit on the sidelines! Please join us! Let's do it!
Posted by Vanessa Garrison – August 12, 2016
"Radical simply means grasping things at the root." - Angela Davis
Until Election Day. What happens then? 50,000 Black women will serve as justice crusaders by walking groups of people to the polls in their communities. We call it the #BlackGirlJusticeLeague. How do you qualify to join us?
Black Women Do It Again
Posted by Jewel Marie – August 05, 2016
You registered to vote? If YES, keep reading! If NO, stop playing:
"We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes." ~ Ella Baker
As mothers, caretakers, teachers, entrepreneurs, ministers, activists, Black women are and have always been on the frontlines of the movement.
"We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes"
Black women are and have always been the ones moving forward the work of social change.
"Woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom"
Black women show up when it matters the most.
How to Join the Black Girl Justice League!
Posted by Tanya Morgan – August 01, 2016
50,000 Black women will walk to the polls together on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th. It's called The Black Girl Justice League!
1. I'm in! How do I join?
Start training! Get your weight up! Before Election Day, walk 50 miles, register 50 new voters or host a pop up table the weekend August 18th - that's the day women got the right to vote in 1920! Some women - in true superhero style - will do all three! #BlackGirlJusticeLeague?
Black Girl Justice League
Posted by Vanessa Garrison – July 29, 2016
Michelle Obama said:
"We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour out every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country!"
Today, we're answering her call:
For Advocacy August, GirlTrek is launching The Black Girl Justice League!
On Election Day, 50,000 Black women will walk to the polls together!
Our mission is to train new women, freedom fighters, organizers to register and lead crusades of voters to the polls in their precincts.
Be a #JusticeCrusader.
Posted by Vanessa Garrison – July 27, 2016
"Just don't forget that when you see us dancing in the middle of war it is not because we lost our way, it's because we have to find it- over and over again, in each other." - Cherelle Brown
In a month that gave us the unjust murders of two more Black men, police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rogue, a 24 X 7 news cycle filled with insanity from potential Presidential candidates, massacres and military coups abroad and scorching temperatures, we are GRATEFUL that GirlTrek is out there offering an alternative to the madness. The photos that you submitted for #30DaysofGlow - the effort that you put in everyday this month - in spite of what was happening around you - reminds us that GirlTrek is a powerful solution fueled by dedicated Black women whose faith, courage, and willingness to get in the trenches will inspire a revolution. To celebrate the end of this month's challenge we wanted to give you an epic recap that demonstrates just how amazing this movement is. When we look at your photos we think of all of the folks who seem to be preparing for battle in this country and ready to wage a hate war. And then we see you - on that same battlefield - you're preparing for battle as well. You're armed with a hula-hoop, a gardening shear, a kickball. Your fatigues are superhero blue. Your ammunition is a heart full of gold and an unshakeable faith. Your rulebook is the Good Book. Your strategy - keep living, keep pushing, keep sharing your goodness with the world. Your secret weapon? Love. (And coconut oil.) We know they don't see it (covert operation in full effect) but we're getting our weight up. We're ready for battle as well. Don't believe us? Just look below.
30 times this month that our glow was brighter than the hate around us.
Major Announcement: Campus Takeover!
Posted by Vanessa Garrison – July 22, 2016
We're searching the country for the 10 most inspiring college students to lead the GirlTrek takeover on their campus!
Do you know a student who's got the fire in her belly, loves being social, wants to be a part of making change in her community and loves to have fun? Nominate her to win an all-expense paid tip to Utah, September 8-11th. There she will join GirlTrek co-founders, Vanessa and Morgan, for a weekend under the stars - hiking, camping, learning from other inspired students and strategizing the GirlTrek takeover for her school.
Complete the nomination form today! Nominations are due by Friday July 29, 2016. Winners will be announced Friday August 12, 2016.
Monday Motivation: Wu-Tang Forever
Posted by Vanessa Garrison – July 18, 2016
The Wu Tang Clans/Ruff Ryders/No Limit Soldiers of the trek universe.
aka the folks you roll deep with.
At GirlTrek we call them Trek Teams
Trek Teams: 10 or more (but don't worry you can get your weight up with a homegirl or two and grow from there) family members, sorors, neighbors, church members or co-workers who inspire each other and hold each other accountable to completing GirlTrek's monthly walking challenges.
Today we have some major announcements for Trek Teams, but first, in the spirit of top 10 list everywhere, we give you 10 Trek Teams who hold it down for GirlTrek across the country. Some of them are O.G. teams who've been on the scene since the beginning; others are brand new to the movement. Each of them reminds us of the power of sisterhood.