A National Agenda for Black Girls (NABG) is a project of Girls for Gender Equity and a manifestation of the vision set out by youth participants in the first National Young Women’s Advisory Council day-long convening. The goal of this project is to ensure that those who are vying to assume leadership and power in the United States are aware that they must be accountable to the people, including young people, living in this country. Black girls grow up to be Black women, who are the most reliable base for the Democratic party, and for far too long the issues that matter most to them have not been prioritized on a federal level.
NABG is led by a steering committee of young folks from across the country. Check out what our Steering Committee are reading and listening to in order to stay informed about the issues that the National Agenda for Black Girls is championing:
Education Justice & Opportunity
Black girls need the civil rights protections which allow us to thrive and succeed through public education, without the constraints of racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and transphobia.
- WAMU, A Childhood Erased: Black Women and Girls Discuss Harsher Punishments due to Adultification, Sasha Ann Simmonds, 2019
- TedWomen, Dr. Monique W. Morris, Why Black Girls are Targeted for Punishment at School — and How to Change that (2018) (video)
- ProPublica, Devos has Scuttled Over 1200 Civil Rights Probes Inherited from Obama, Annie Waldman, June 21, 2018,
- Vox, Students Are Waging War Against Racist and Sexist Dress Code Policies, and They Are Winning, Nadra Nittle, September 13, 2018
- TeenVogue, What High School is Like for Transgender Students, Elly Belle, September 15, 2018
- Advancement Project: School to Prison Pipeline Infographic
- Movement Advancement Project (MAP): “Hallway” What School is Like for Trans Youth (video)
- The Atlantic, The Black Girl Pushout, (2016)
Access to Democracy for Young People
Candidates Must Support Young People’s Full Engagement in the Democratic Process.
- Common Dreams, How Advocates are Fighting Voter Suppression, (2020)
- NPR, Stacey Abrams Spearheads ‘Fair Fight’ A Campaign Against Voter Suppression (2020) (audio and text)
- Brennan Center, What You Should Ask Every American Presidential Candidate
- NYTimes, 16 Year Olds Want A Vote, 50 Years Ago, 18 Years Olds Did Too, May 19, 2019
- Jacobin, Why Non-Citizens Should Be Allowed To Vote, Ron Hayduk, November 6, 2018
Healing, Well-Being & Reproductive Justice
Black girls need and deserve equitable access to health, family building, family planning, and well-being that centers girls, women, and non-binary people.
- Rewire News, Federally Funded Obria, Prescribes Abstinence to Fight STDS, Sarah Varney & Kaiser Health, October 8, 2019
- MotherJones: Marshae Jones — Black Woman Charged for Fetal Death, July 3, 2019
- TeenVogue: Teens Are Speaking Up About the Abortions Through Youth Testify, Elly Belle, September 12, 2018
- NYTimes: When Prosecutors Jail A Mother for Miscarriage, Editorial Board, Dec. 28, 2018
Ending Gender-Based Violence & Building Cultures of Consent
Presidential candidates must invest in tools that end gender based violence and offer supportive services for transgender, cisgender, and non-binary survivors in schools, communities, and public spaces.
- Huffington Post: The Quiet Crisis Killing Black Women, Melissa Jeltson, December 17, 2019
- Grantmakers for Girls of Color: Bresha Meadows, Black Girls, Domestic Violence, and the Limits of Self Defense
- African American Policy Forum (AAPF): #SayHerName, A Movement Calling for Attention to Police Violence Against Black Women (Report and video)
- Rewire News, How Black Women Shaped the Law Banning Sex Discrimination in Education, Nnennaya Amuchie, February 28, 2018
- Teen Vogue, Activist and Sexual Assault Survivor Mahroh Jahrangiri Wants Betsy Devos to Know Why Title IX is So Important January 18, 2017
Immigration & Racial Justice
Black girls deserve to be free from the fear of family separation through deportation and have full access to basic human rights including health care and education, regardless of immigration status.
- Coming of Age in Immigrant Detention, NYTimes Editorial Board, September 22, 2018
- Washington Post, Now the Trump Administration Wants to Punish Legal Immigrants for Being Poor, Torrie Hester, Mary Mendoza, Diedre Molony, Mai Ngai, August 9, 2018
- Black Alliance for Justice Immigration, Black Lives at the Border (2018)
- Advancement Project: Webinar & Action Kit — Combatting ICE Enforcement Out of Public Schools,