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!
Activism and citizen journalism by our Girls Club members.
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 discussing her journey from Vietnamese immigrant to community leader and some of the things she plans to do to improve her community.
It’s an inspiring story that energizes us to seek even more diversity in the faces of those who represent us.
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 couture show in our design department!
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 about birds of prey and introducing us to a few more of her feathered friend including an American Bald Eagle, Zaccheaus and Jo came up to the WGRL HQ for an intimate heartfelt chat. Take a listen to hear how a New York City girl followed her dreams and passions and now lives a life beyond her wildest dreams. Inspiring listening for all ages and Zacchaeus even gets a word or two in! Special shout out to the U.S. Forest Service and the Wings Across the Americas program for making this phenomenal visit possible!
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 in solidarity for peace, justice and human rights.
It was a truly empowering moment and inspired us to commit ourselves to the work of making this world a place where all people especially young women and girls feel valued, welcome and safe!
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 community.
Unfortunately, very little has been done by authorities since the time of the interview. Federal government support is being diverted to the State of Michigan which is slow to get crucial changes implemented. It is vital we keep the media focus on Flint and demand justice for the people there.
Please help to keep the focus on providing solutions for Flint by sharing this podcast and supporting grassroots organizations like Bottles 4 Babies.
Music for this podcast:
Fresh Water For Flint
Jon Connor Feat. Keke Palmer
Produced by The Fr3shmen
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 a listen to these fascinating glimpses into the lives of two very dedicated officers as they paint a vivid picture of the struggles and rewards that come with a life dedicated to law enforcement.
The Rev. Dr. Karyn Carlo, is a retired New York City Police Captain turned preacher, teacher, and theologian. She earned her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City where she focused on Systematic Theology, with particular emphasis on the various ways Christians think about the cross and resurrection in the context of social justice work. An ordained American Baptist pastor, she currently, she serves as the Interim Pastor of The Church-in-the-Garden in Garden City, Long Island and as adjunct faculty at New York Theological Seminary.
Joey Morelli is a law enforcement officer with over 25 years of experience serving as a State Police investigator. Joey comes from a police family including Joey’s uncle, his son, and 2 granddaughters. Joey’s first job was to investigate complaints of police brutality made by defendants and the community. Joey worked at the World Trade Center for a Federal Task Force investigating money laundering. Joey later was a 9/11 first responder. After that, Joey became a threat assessment expert for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Joey also coordinated efforts to assist former gang members to establish new lives through witness protection. Joey then was promoted to run District Attorney Hynes’ Command Center. Among Joey’s duties, Joey was liaison to the community, the NYPD, and the press, and was the incident commander for Homeland Security. Currently, Joey consults with Middle Collegiate Church on church safety and security. She is a law enforcement officer who is honored to serve her city, state and country.