An Open Letter to the People of New York

A youth organizer from Girls for Gender Equity speaks to a room of her peers.

We have the opportunity to welcome New York City students back into a school environment that is safe, ripe with needed resources and free of policing and surveillance. The pandemic laid bare the class and racial disparities in our city’s education system and it will have lasting effects requiring us to collectively reimagine what well-resourced and safe schools look like.

The emotional and mental well-being of our returning students, school climate and catching our students up academically should be the city’s number one priority. Over the past year, students have lost access to their school buildings, some have lost family…


By A National Agenda for Black Girls Team

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In November 2019, Girls for Gender Equity launched A National Agenda for Black Girls (NABG) to center the experience of Black girls and gender non-conforming youth in national conversations leading up to the 2020 elections.

As evidenced by the record-breaking turnout during the 2020 general election and tremendous grassroots organizing including critical turnout in predominantly Black communities, there is no question that the backbone of progressivism in the United States is Black women.

As President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepare to assume their roles next week, we know it…


By A National Agenda for Black Girls Team

An attendee wears a “Black Votes Matter” protective mask during a ‘Get Out The Vote’ campaign event with U.S. Democratic Senate candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Garden City, Georgia, U.S. (Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg)

Many of us have never experienced what happened yesterday ever in our lives. Many of us were taught to believe in the democratic process, we were taught to believe that voting in the United States was sacred and protected. Instead, we are confronted with an attack on democracy, and that attack has an impact on the lives of Black girls.

What happened at the Capitol yesterday afternoon was an example of the constant attack on the votes of Black girls, Black communities, and democracy. Throughout 2020, there were baseless accusations made about…


In creating A National Agenda for Black Girls, Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) partnered with seven non-profit organizations whose missions reflected our own: to tangibly improve the lives of Black girls in this country through substantive advocacy, policy and culture-shifting work. Youth participants from each of these organizations were then invited to join the NABG Youth Steering Committee. Now we want to take an opportunity to highlight these organizations with a series of interviews — read on to get to know Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) better and learn how to support their work.

The Young Women’s Freedom Center interview…


Dear Community,

On March 7, 1965, six hundred marchers of the Civil Rights Movement set out on a journey from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to continue to fight for the right to vote as Black Americans. The fight that followed left 58 people injured, including then twenty-five-year-old John Lewis, chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a fresh face in the Civil Rights Movement.

That day, known as Bloody Sunday, shined a light on the violent obstacles placed on voters in the Black community. On August 6, 1965, then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act…


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Dear Community,

There are only 95 days until Election Day! This is why A National Agenda for Black Girls has partnered with When We All Vote.

When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting…


You are reading an A National Agenda for Black Girls weekly newsletter. A National Agenda for Black Girls a Girls for Gender Equity initiative focused on centering Black girls in our national policies. Want to receive more NABG insights and updates? Sign up for the newsletter here.

In our last newsletter, we defined abolition, reform, defund, and divest with the hopes of bringing people into this conversation and to emphasize why we need abolition in order to find liberation. In this edition, we want to uplift the work of people who have been leaders and influences in abolition work, because…


You are reading an A National Agenda for Black Girls weekly newsletter. A National Agenda for Black Girls a Girls for Gender Equity initiative focused on centering Black girls in our national policies. Want to receive more NABG insights and updates? Sign up for the newsletter here.

There is a lot happening right now, both in communities but also online. As the #BlackGirls2020 team has been scrolling through our social feeds, we’ve seen a lot of terms being used that might be new to folks. Reform, abolition, divest, defund…what does it all mean and how are they different? We wanted…


You are reading an A National Agenda for Black Girls weekly newsletter. A National Agenda for Black Girls a Girls for Gender Equity initiative focused on centering Black girls in our national policies. Want to receive more NABG insights and updates? Sign up for the newsletter here.

We have a lot to be mad about. We have seen our pain broadcasted over and over, and turned into political plays for power. We have seen companies pay lip-service to Black struggles, but seen very little by way of tangible outcomes. Yet, we know that our efforts toward a just and equitable…


You are reading an A National Agenda for Black Girls weekly newsletter. A National Agenda for Black Girls a Girls for Gender Equity initiative focused on centering Black girls in our national policies. Want to receive more NABG insights and updates? Sign up for the newsletter here.

Our last newsletter focused on the many manifestations of grief and how to support the mental wellbeing of young people, especially Black girls, during this global pandemic. We want to emphasize that making space for grief and caring for mental wellbeing should be normalized, since such feelings will continue from youth through adulthood.

Girls for Gender Equity

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women

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