Girls Rock Charleston is a grassroots nonprofit that uses music as a vehicle for social change and builds power among girls and transgender youth in Charleston, South Carolina. We develop feminist and anti-racist youth leaders through cultural organizing practices that blend music education, political education, and DIY media making.
We envision a Charleston in which girls and transgender youth…
- decide what it looks like and feels like to be a girl.
- trust and support each other.
- engage each other in a process of collective healing.
- recognize the power and pleasure of their own creativity.
- use music as a powerful way to communicate and exchange ideas.
- have full control over their own bodies, sexualities, and reproductive health and are given all available tools and information to support that end.
- are safe and encouraged to explore their identities.
- are able to bring every part of themselves into every moment and are continually affirmed in their wholeness.
- voices are valued in a collective community dialogue in which we decide what a safe community would look like for everyone.
- are celebrated in their state of beings
We envision a Charleston in which …
- The current models of domination, violence, and punishment which enforce the current set of rules are replaced by the development of practices of consent and collective accountability.
- Collaboration and community are valued above competition and isolation.
- We are willing to question our own prejudices around race, religion, immigration status, disability status, gender, and sexuality. We will not ask anyone to ignore any part of their being. We are willing to be transformed in the service of this work.
- We believe that developing strong leaders and building committed communities lay an important groundwork for reaching long-term goals.
- We value collaboration over competition. Conflict is best addressed directly and compassionately.
- We believe in self-determination for people, the idea that we as individuals know what is best for us, and we trust each other to make decisions for ourselves. We are committed to balancing this belief while prioritizing the organization’s mission and purpose.
- We value music as a means to create personal and social change. We seek opportunities to use our art, our voices, and our expression to create the world we want to live in. We dream of what it would look like for all of us to be free, to have what we need, to be whole; together.
- We seek to do work that is visionary rather than reactionary. We want our work to respond to hope rather than fear.
- We strive to find ways to lift up girls, queers, trans, and other gender variant people. We will affirm them, and will tell them they rock when the world is telling them that they shouldn’t exist. We will fight for the safety and well-being of girls and trans youth.
- We recognize that our process is political and that all oppression is connected.
Girls Rock Charleston values difference and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, economic status, gender expression, size, physical ability, developmental ability, musical interests, learning styles, nationality, religion, thought, citizenship status, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships and other program-related policies, as well volunteer and employment related policies and activities.