For This Sunday

Posted by – March 28, 2016

 

"GirlTrek means the world to me. I lost my mother and grandmother to diabetes. The sisterhood and motivation of other women has inspired not only me but 5 of my biological sisters are doing it too for better health. We are so close now.  GirlTrek brings families together!! -  Debra Collins

 

A Good Friday reminder...
 
"We are an Easter people."
 
We don't abandon to despair.
 
We fall but we rise.
 
We are never defeated.
 
Anything can be overcome.
 
Our worst mistakes and fears have no dominion over us.
 
Where you stand now is not your final destination.

Dear Danita

Posted by – March 21, 2016

Dear Danita,

 

It was so great seeing you yesterday at the wedding!  Kiss Drew and his new wife for me. Listen, I was so pumped when you asked me how to start walking with GirlTrek!  Girl!!! You have no idea.  (So excited, that I'm sharing this letter with about 50,000 readers in case THEY got family members who want to start too!)

 

So listen, everybody starts on April 1st and it's super easy to get ready...

 

Better Odds than the Lotto!

Posted by – March 18, 2016

#ActivismApril: Building Community and Sowing the Seeds of Activism!
 

Our walking is not for sport. We don't hit the streets of our communities for show. Our movement is more than cool hashtags and cute outfits  (although we rock those for sure!)

 

This is a REVOLUTION.  Our walking is our activism!

 

ac·tiv·ism

noun 

1. the policy or action of using vigorous campaigning to bring about political or social change.

 

Our walking - our activism - might not "make America great again" (is it shady in here?) but it will make it better than it's ever been before. It will bring about change and it will bring healing in a time when it is SO desperately needed.

 

How? We believe that when YOU get active that YOU become a powerful agent for change. So we want to support YOU.  We want to invest in YOUR SOLUTIONS! 

Victory Lap: #WeAreHarriet Recap

Posted by – March 14, 2016

This is an impossible task.  

How do we round up the love, the laughter, the tears, the break-throughs, the roasted yams, the black eyed peas, the dance offs, the prayers, the sunrise walks, celebrity tweets and rainy determination.  #WeAreHarriet was historic.  It was deeply, deeply inspiring.  Thank you for showing up, showing out, honoring Harriet and starting something real.  Let's take a moment to celebrate what happened this weekend:

 

1. The Film

GirlTrek premiered a tear-jerker, an 8-minute world-class documentary film.

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CLICK HERE FOR NEW FILM, IT'S AWESOME!

Friday Fire: Our Top 10!

Posted by – March 04, 2016

It's official! In February we put out the call.  Who are our top organizers in the country? The women with rallying power and enough fire in their bellies to smash the #28n28 recruitment challenge.  Many of you met the goal but the 10 women below...more than conquerors! These women have an anointing, a calling, they are purposed to heal and inspire!  Please join us in congratulating them on being a catalyst for change in the lives of so many and GirlTrek's top organizers for the #28in28 challenge!

 

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Thank You for an Epic Black History Month

Posted by – February 29, 2016

Today is leap day.  
 
That means, this year, you have an extra 24 hours to do something special.
We recommend celebrating...
 
First, for waking up this morning, starting on your way.  Second for peace of mind.  Third for showing up and deciding to make this life glorious.  
#power #persistence  #ThankYouGod
 
Today, we celebrate each other - every woman, girl and elder reading this.
 
Thank you.   We love you for making GirlTrek what it is:

Don't Call It a Comeback!!

Posted by – February 28, 2016

"I want to write a poem like Martin preached, like Malcolm taught, like Fannie evangelized, like Harriet healed...(whereas 'write a poem' may be interchanged for walk, heal, love life, laugh.) - Wanda Olugbala, GirlTrek Detroit

 

Don't call it a comeback!
 
Before Hollywood and the movie...
before the petitions and the $20 bill...
before the national park...
the OpEds...
before asking permission or considering the risk (too radical, too Black)...
before stepping foot in the White House...
before the buzz and the press...
before we were 50,000 women strong...
When all we knew was that if she could do it  - walk - make a way - find freedom - so could we. 

 

Real-Time Photos from the Streets

Posted by – February 23, 2016

We asked you to inspire ONE WOMAN per day and you are doing it!!!   We see you using #GirlTrek to celebrate #BlackGirlHealing for #28in28!  Success! And guess what?  We are only 725 women away from FIFTY THOUSAND!!!!

Our "Fanniversary" is February 29th.  Yep, I just made that word up. A Fanniversary is the day we will celebrate 60,000.  It's the day that we give a "high five" to collective work!   We honor Fannie Lou by matching her success and inspiring 60,000 Black women and girls to take action!  We have 8 days to win.  Eight days.  Dig deep.  Big breath!

Have you inspired 28 women yet?  You can still do it  I know I still have work to do!  I just looked at my public profile at GirlTrek.org and it says that I've inspired 24 women.  Four more to go!DON'T LOSE HEART!
This Monday Motivation is for you!  

Below are real-time photos from the streets.

Big Announcement - 2016 City Captains

Posted by – February 19, 2016

Revolution is not a one time event...
This is big news.  Go ahead and start the drum roll.
What does a public health takeover of the 25 highest needs Black communities look like? How does a resistance movement fueled by the love of Black women grow and spread to the farthest reaches of the country? When resources are slim and the statistics bleak, what strategies do we use to rally?
 
GirlTrek has made a big bet. With our communities on the brink, our neighborhoods terrorized and our bodies breaking down under the sheer weight of it all - we made a bet - a bet on Black women as solution-makers. 
 
We bet that if we could find, train, invest in and support a dedicated corps of volunteers - an army of foot soldiers with brilliant minds and big hearts - that we could heal our families and communities, inspire our babies, and reclaim the streets of our neighborhoods. 

The Master Plan Baby BABY!

Posted by – February 19, 2016

"Thinking of a master plan...cause ain't nothing but sweat inside my hand!"  You are either a) really old or b) super cool if you know those Rakim lyrics...lol
 
Seriously, it's all coming together!  The master plan in full effect!
 
GirlTrek: The Takeover!!!
What are our goals?  Say 'em loud and proud!  We've worked with you to set big, bright, audacious goals to achieve by 2018!  We have a plan...and heeeeeeere it goes...
 
ALL of us will win when we:
  1. Inspire a new health movement.  
    How? 1,000,0000 Black women and girls will take the #GirlTrek pledge to walk on Saturdays.