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.
Posted by Tanya Morgan – July 11, 2016
Sometimes, all you can do is hold up the light.
...protect it like your most precious possession.
"Are we doing enough? What is necessary now?" ...rather than becoming paralyzed by grief and anger, each of us has pledged to do something counterintuitive. Hold up the light. Live out loud! Double down on solutions and double up on praise. Love each other more and ask permission less.
We have seen too much death.
Today, we share our light. Today, we remember, focus on, celebrate what living looks like. It's us....an army of healthy black women who - when no one is watching - are unleashing bright leadership into blighted places. Don't be confused. black bodies are at the center of this injustice - black men shot, black children contained, black women worked to death - and we are at the epicenter of that fight for justice.
So yes - resist.
But also live.
Live, Live, Live
Posted by Tanya Morgan – July 08, 2016
"Sometimes I wonder: What to say to you now in the soft afternoon air as you hold us all in a single death"
I am personally too devastated to write to you.
Luckily, one of the best writers we have, the poet laureate of Philly has spoken healing over our souls for 50 years and documented the horrors of the Black Power Movement. She has our backs. This weekend, Dr. Sonia Sanchez said to us, "Whatever you need...I am here. I am a part of GirlTrek."
So rather than rallying you with my choked language, please listen to the words of Dr. Sanchez' in the video below. Promise me you will do that ....and don't just listen GirlTrek volunteers reading it, flood social media timelines with THIS video. Speak life to our people. Then, study the poem below and let her words stir in every corner of your soul.
Catch the Fire and LIVE.
30 Days of Glow!
Posted by Vanessa Garrison – July 01, 2016
The equation: focus + hustle - dead weight x the energy and love of 65,000 Black women = #GetFree goal complete!!! If you pushed all the way to 100 miles, make sure to claim your victory here. If your names are Morgan and Vanessa and you didn't make it to 100-miles, but you did #GetFree from weighty expectations, you did rack up more miles than you've seen in a loooong time and you did let the euphoria and endorphins and sweaty glow of a months work of hard work transform your heart and mind, well claim that victory as well! We are a mighty force and each challenge is a new opportunity to be better than we were the day before. Now, bring on July!
Monday Motivation - Almost Done
Posted by Tanya Morgan – June 27, 2016
There were 9 million impressions of the analyzed term: #GetFree.
Something is happening.
We held a #GetFree TweetChat and activists like @Sojourner4Truth
of #BlackLivesMatter and @BlackYouthVote joined GirlTrek to give life to our #GetFree campaign.
The conversation was so rich y'all.
We were so fired up when folks like @msfoundation
shared #GetFree content and helped AMPLIFY the message! Fueled by YOUR action on the streets, we spoke life to - and on the timelines of - 9 million people!!!
If you missed the party, check out the full list of amazing guests through this cool recap!
Posted by Vanessa Garrison – June 24, 2016
won't you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.
- Lucille Clifton
Sometimes we have to literally #GetFree, so last week I grabbed my passport, my GirlTrek shirt, some toilet paper (#stayready) and my husband and got all the way free in Bolivia. I traveled throughout the country. It was spectacular and exactly what I needed. Below are a few of my favorite photos from The Salt Flats which was my favorite part of the trip. I hope they inspire your next adventure.
Tonight's Strawberry Moon!!!
Posted by Tanya Morgan – June 20, 2016
Um. How about I forgot to write the Monday Motivation until right this second! Blame it on the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival that I was at all weekend - three kinds of sideways. But I'm back and I'm up and TONIGHT, I'm going for a summer solstice trek...right at sunset in a few minutes and if I'm lucky, I will see the special "strawberry moon" tonight! Lace up your sneakers and head out with me for a virtual walk to celebrate the longest, brightest, highest-energy day of the year! I'll see you on Twitter and Instagram using #GirlTrek
While I was at the festival, Vanessa was in Bolivia - she'll share her full report in the Friday Fire #BlackGirlAdventures.
But you didn't need us out there. Nope. You showed OUT this weekend! #GirlTrek was in full effect! ...including our sisters in B-more who celebrated the legendary Ernestine Shepard's 80th birthday with a trek. (pictured in white above) Just study her. Take in that six pack. Black don't crack, and her black is shellacked. She looks goooood! Happy Birthday Mrs. Shepard!!!
Before I head out for my walk - don't leave me out there hanging sisters #GirlTrek - I wanted to give shout outs to a few of our organizers AND tell you about a cool TweetChat happening tomorrow!