Activism

Activism and citizen journalism by our Girls Club members.

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…

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Gun Control — The LES Speaks Out

Just as we were finishing the edit on this piece, the news came in on the school shooting in Texas. This is the 22nd school shooting this year to date. These are peoples thoughts prior to this latest tragedy. We took to the streets of our local community in New York’s Lower Eastside and gathered…

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The Changing Face of Politics — Cyndi Nguyen Breaking Barriers in the South

WGRL has a sisterhood with the great city of New Orleans, so we were inspired to learn that Cyndi Nguyen became the first Asian American to earn a seat on the New Orleans City Council! We caught up with Councilwoman Nguyen on our last trip to New Orleans where she graciously spent some time with our young reporters…

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National School Walkout

On March 14th, WGRL attended the first of the national school walkouts protesting gun violence. Our youth demand a solution. Check out this piece on location at Gramercy Square Park where we interviewed both High School and Middle School youth about gun control in the United States. WGRL will stay on the front line covering…

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Getting Healthy with Alice Waters

Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food…

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Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker – Women’s March and Beyond

We were thrilled to have a few of the organizers behind the Women’s March, Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker in the studio a few months back for a behind the scenes glimpse into “the March Heard Around the World”. Meet The Women’s March team here and become a part of this important movement for…

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Trans Model Superstar Connie Girl

We were so happy to host the lovely Connie Girl at our studios for a discussion on  the world of modeling. She even gave us a lesson on how to walk the runway – it’s not as easy as it looks! Hopefully she will be back at Girls Club soon preparing us for our next…

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A Gun is Not Fun

For low-income communities like the Lower East Side, gun violence is more than a simple tragic event. Guns impact us all- physically, economically and mentally. Guns kill people, but they also kill spirit…and murder communities. The aftermath of gun violence leaves everyone feeling helpless and diminished. At The Lower Eastside Girls Club we are building…

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Wings Over the Americas Lands on Avenue D!

WGRL went to the birds literally when we had a visit last Spring with one of the most inspiring guests we have had the pleasure to host – Zacchaeus the Merlin Falcon! Zacchaeus arrived at the studio with his equally inspiring human, migratory bird specialist Jo Santiago. After a program educating our girls and the community…

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WGRL in Washington DC for the Women’s March

Get on the Bus! January 21st we did just that – taking a group of 50 young women, Moms and supporters to the historic Women’s March on Washington D.C.!!! Take a listen to our WGRL girl-powered podcast coverage below and get an idea of what it was like to join close to a million people coming together…

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Justice for Flint Interview with Lanice Lawson

 WGRL Interview with Flint activist Lanice Lawson from Lower Eastside Girls Club on Vimeo. Our WGRL team, assisted by HOT 97’s Nessa, connected with Flint, Michigan activist Lanice Lawson for an insider’s perspective of the tragic water crisis in March 2016. Lanice shared details about the tragedy and how her grassroots organization Bottles 4 Babies is helping the affected…

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Police Are People Too!

At a time when police and community relations are at an all time low, our WGRL reporters took the opportunity to reach out and speak to two retired members of the police force, Karen Carlo and Joey Morelli, in the hopes that better communication and understanding of one another’s worlds can foster healthier communities. Please take…

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