Help support those on the frontlines for justice in Atlanta and Louisville.
The Women's Global Empowerment Initiative (WGEI) is a non-profit that runs study abroad programs for high school and university women of color with a focus on the global intersections of social justice issues and social-emotional development. Our deepest hope for our work has always been that young women of color feel seen, heard, and believe in the gifts of their existence, and where they can create a world where they feel safe and free, just as they are.
WGEI was very excited for the university research program that we were set to run this June and July in Morocco for a group of brilliant Black women. Our students were excited to explore media representation of colorism, maternal health, and much more. However, in March, it became clear that this trip would need to be postponed due to the travel restrictions and public health concerns of COVID-19.
While COVID-19 was initially framed as an "equalizer", we knew all along what data now shows, which is that it would exacerbate already dire disparities for Black people and other people of color in education, healthcare, access to healthy food, housing, and other economic struggles. The racial injustice of this virus paired with the unjust murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and many others, by police officers, has sparked a fury where enough is enough and people are rightfully going to the streets to demand justice through real accountability for these wrongful murders, the demilitarization of the police, and much more.
As an organization whose mission is for young Black women and other young women of color to feel safe and free, it is very important to us to support those fighting at the frontlines for this freedom. As such, we kindly ask that you join us in supporting the bail funds of those who are fighting for justice in two of the cities where we work with students: Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky. Cash bail is one of the many ways the criminal justice system disproportionately affects Black people and other people of color through putting them further in debt, keeping them in the traumatizing space of prison, taking them away from their families, and taking them away from time at their jobs to earn a living for their families. Contributing to bail funds is both a way to prevent this, while also providing people fighting for justice with support for legal and court fees and legal representation.
WGEI is raising $4,000 for community bail funds in Atlanta, Georgia, and Louisville, Kentucky. As an organization, we will match up to $4,000 in contributions, with the hopes of contributing at least $4,000 to the Louisville Community Bail Fund and $4,000 to the Atlanta Solidarity Fund. Your gift will help support bail funds, legal and court fees, and legal representation for protesters who are on the frontlines fighting for a more just country, so that young Black women can in fact feel free and safe just as they are, a reality that we want for all young women of color.