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Topeka K. Sam on decriminalizing women and girls of color

Topeka K. Sam, has been fighting for the dignity, decriminalization and decarceration of women and girls of color since her release from federal prison in 2015. In this episode, we were blessed to have this great lady share eye opening information on incarceration as it pertains to young women. Take a listen to learn more about Topekas tireless advocacy and why it is so vital.

You can support Topeka’s work by visiting The LOHM. 

WGRL/Nessa Scholarship Interns

This interview is part of the Girls Club Nessa radio journalism internship program, where high school girls learn the basics of journalism, discuss important social justice issues, and book and record an interview with a guest of their choice.
In 2020 instead of cancelling our in person classes, Nessa and her crew graciously transitioned our sessions online. Every week our little team met virtually in the midst of the fear of COVID-19, isolation, and amplified racial terrorism of 2020.  In addition to a space of learning from seasoned professionals, our virtual classroom became a safe haven to connect, listen deeply and support each other during this traumatic time.
This episode of “The QuaranTeen Sessions” was conducted by Kaitlyn Ruiz, as always under the guidance and mentorship of our number one big Sister and advocate, Emmy award nominated Nessa!

 

Talking Education Reform with Maria Bautista

As the final interview of the Nessa scholarship in radio journalism for the class of 2019, our young reporter Nylia Chiquito, an aspiring educator herself,  reached out to Maria Bautista, Campaigns Director for The Alliance for Quality Education. 

One of the most important steps we can take in creating change is the education of our youth. We spoke to Maria about her vision and some of the challenges in implementing policies that could impact our world in a positive way.

“The Alliance for Quality Education is a coalition mobilizing communities across the state to keep New York true to its promise of ensuring a high quality public education to all students regardless of zip code. Combining its legislative and policy expertise with grassroots organizing, AQE advances proven-to-work strategies that lead to student success and ultimately create a powerful public demand for a high quality education.
Founded in 2000, AQE quickly became New York state’s lead community-based organization in the fight for high quality public education.”

Patricia Robinson — Superheroes Don’t Always Wear Capes

In this second of our series done by our HOT97 Nessa show interns, we interview the unstoppable Ms. Patricia Robinson of Emmis Communications and The Know Your Rights Camp.

Ms Pat, as she is affectionately known, is proof positive that superheroes don’t always wear capes — sometimes they sport 6-inch stiletto heels and leopard print!

Patricia Robinson is a trailblazing leader who is highly recognized for her contributions in the media industry, community and social activism engagement.

We are so proud of LESGC member Zipporah Najar for taking the lead on an informative interview on career, community and making those difficult life decisions.

Patricia Robinson (C) and Patricia Robinson Girls Club members attend The Lower East Side Girls Club Spring Fling at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York, NY on April 10, 2019. (Photo by Stephen Smith/Guest of a Guest)

WGRL meets Melii

Through our internship with HOT 97′s Nessa, we had the opportunity to meet talented East Harlem rapper, singer and songwriter Melii!

We got to share a bit about the Girls Club programs and speak about Meliis new project phAses. We were a little nervous but we found the bilingual entertainer to be so sweet and down to earth.

Thank you Melii for taking the time to speak with us – we are so excited and happy about your success and hope you will come and visit us at Girls Club soon!

Carmen Perez – Activism as a Way of Life

It was beyond inspiring to speak with Carmen Perez, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice and someone we have admired for a deep and lifelong commitment to social justice.
The interview took place at HOT 97 as part of our radio internship with our mentor Nessa.
We hope you enjoy these words of wisdom from someone who is truly doing the work to make the world a more just and equitable place!
And an extra congrats to Carmen and her family – she showed up to the interview with a surprise guest – the baby bump named Justice! We can’t wait to meet him!

Nessa from HOT97 visits WGRL

We have so much love for HOT 97’s Nessa and her whole team! She has been super supportive of our team of young journalists and we really admire her as a celebrity who stands up for what is right and just. Take a listen to our podcast from one of Nessa’s first visits to WGRL and find out a little more about this awesome broadcaster and supporter of female journalists and girls’ rights!