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February 28th, 2016

Wondering what our teen leaders are up to this semester? Check out the video and statement below to learn more about their work on school-based arrests!

“What are the GRASP teen leaders working on this semester?”

Video by Danautica & Karla

GRASP Teen Leader Update, February 2016 from Girls Rock Charleston on Vimeo.

“Why are we working on school based arrests this semester?”

Blog post by Precious & Danjai

We, the Girls Rock Charleston Teen Leaders, want to remove SROs, end racial bias in schools, and also find a better way to help at-risk teens or kids and help improve their lives and futures instead of locking them up. In Charleston, Black students are already perceived to be troubled when we come in to school, so we are more likely to be arrested.  That’s racial bias.  But school-based arrests affect everyone. They make it hard for all of us to learn.

We decided to interview students that have been arrested because Charleston has a very high rate of school-based arrests. It’s important to get students’ side of the story because they’re rarely asked about what happens to them. Teenagers like us are the best ones to make this change in our communities, because school-based arrests affect us the most.


 

December 2015
lil kids watchinFall GRASP Showcaseshayd and miah

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from the Girls Rock Charleston organizing team! We hope to find you roasting marshmallows by a warm fire as you scroll through your favorite grassroots organization’s blog.

This fall semester has been one of large growth in our organization. We just completed the fall semester of our newly launched After School Program, and finished with an awesome showcase. Within one week, we are back to work planning on the next semester. In prioritizing enrollment for low-income and justice-system involved youth, we are able to amplify stories that are powerful catalysts for change. We believe that this work is only possible as a community project, and as such, we’re asking for your support.

Planting seeds and making magic takes many resources- programming for one ASP semester costs 14k! Help us maintain year-round feminist programming and youth organizing in Charleston. Please consider making a generous tax-deductible donation to GRC this holiday season.

To donate, under the ‘Support’ tab in top menu, click ‘Donate Now’.

 

 

June 2015

Hey folks! Girls Rock Charleston is finishing our fundraising campaign for camp this SUNDAY, JUNE 28 … and we still need $1,600 dollars to make our goal! Please consider helping us out via our PayPal link on our site or send us a check (Girls Rock Charleston / P.O. Box 20971 / Charleston, SC 29413).

 


 

On Monday, June 22, 2015:
Help us get closer to our fundraising goal by attending a special dinner put together by our friend Maya Morrill at Gaulart & Maliclet Fast and French! This special 6 course feast will feature some of the best ingredients growing right here in the Charleston Area.

Maya will be joined by Lauren Mitterer of WildFlour Pastry and Arienne Casebier of Feast Charleston. Alison Ross and Jennifer Bremer will be serving and hosting you.

For $60 per person or $100 per couple. This includes a six-course meal with drink pairings – while at the same time supporting Girls Rock Charleston! ONLY 50 tickets are available! There will be 2 seatings at 6:00pm and 9:00pm (Only 25 seats at each)

RESERVATIONS can be made by calling our Host Jennifer (843)647-9935.


 

Saturday – Wraggs Mall – 342 Meeting St. – 6pm

Join us to mourn and honor the nine Black lives that were taken and raise your voice in call for justice. This is a peaceful solidarity event in support of the families of the victims, and our whole community.

Please:
Bring a flower to leave at Mother Emanuel AME.
Ride your bicycle (if you have one).
Wear black, in mourning.
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Plan to walk a mile from Wraggs Mall to our final destination. We will march to commemorate the lives lost in the massacre at Emanuel AME and all Black lives lost in Charleston over the past year to police or vigilante violence (including Denzel Curnell and Walter Scott).

As we pass Emanuel, each person will leave a flower at the memorial. Finally, as we march towards our final destination, we will amplify our voices to name the injustice of this massacre.

Speakers and artists will speak to the crowd at the beginning and the end of the march.
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Co-sponsoring Organizations:
Southerners On New Ground
Black Brunch Charleston
Black Lives Matter CHS
The SC Progressive Network
Girls Rock Charleston
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
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Parking/Accessibility:

Metered parking is available on city streets – but after 6, there’s no charge. There is a parking garage attached to the Charleston Visitor’s Center (63 Mary Street), across the street from Wraggs Mall. Rate is $1/half hour.

If you have accessibility needs, please email blackbrunchchs@gmail.com and we’ll work to accommodate you. The march is .9 miles total on flat land.
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If your organization wants to co-sponsor, please email blackbrunchchs@gmail.com.


 

Please join us for our Girls Rock Charleston’s first ever Political Education/Skillshare Weekend. It will take place May 30 and 31 at College of Charleston’s Addlestone Library (205 Calhoun Street).

The goal for the weekend is two-fold: first, we want to make space for leaders and shakers in the Charleston area to discuss the work they do to uplift young people in our communities (particularly girls, youth of color, LGBTQ youth, youth with disabilities, and/or low-income youth) and to provide an opportunity for those organizations and individuals to build out their work, together. This goal also includes providing space for discussions about the internal workings of organizations in Charleston and potential problems we all face, such as space, funding, and resourcing.

Second, we want to facilitate much-needed political education for new organizers in Charleston. We hope to work together with other organizations during this skillshare weekend to provide the valuable feminist and anti-racist political education that is needed to develop strong social justice leaders in Charleston.

Who can attend? Organizers, folks from non-profits, volunteers for Girls Rock Charleston, teens, college students. If you have more questions about attending, please email us at info@girlsrockcharleston.org

For more information, check out our PE/SKILLSHARE PDF!

Fresh from the Facebook Event Page:

Laila Nur returns to Charleston with Ashley Phillips and Keisha Slaughter on the Queer Love Tour, combining artistic forces with Girls Rock Charleston’s very own Anjali Naik for a unique experience at the Redux Contemporary Art Center.

What is the Queer Love Tour, you wonder?? A Grassroots stylin’, radical LOVE movement centered around the intimate sharing of stories as Black/Brown, Queer/Lesbian identified Artists; creating space and community building, healing through music, and our interconnectedness.

Time: Doors: 7PM | Show Starts: 8pm |

Price: $7 ADV | $8 DOS (No one turned away, come enjoy!)

Purchase Tickets: http://www.etix.com/ticket/p/7210320/queer-love-tour-with-girls-rock-charleston-redux-contemporary-art-center

Queer Love Tour

LailaNurMusic.com
‘The Untitled Song’ Music Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw7lAtIHmJs
Afropunk feature: http://www.afropunk.com/profiles/blogs/feature-the-sound-of-indie-artist-laila-nur?xg_source=activity
NPR feature: http://wunc.org/post/pocket-change-brings-revolutionary-love-music-back-stage

KeishaSlaughterMusic.com
Video Bio:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8H2q-RAVbw

Apsoul.com
Suga(Mash Up): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muYbG9apYac

Anjali Naik:

https://www.facebook.com/diaspoura?fref=ts

give_out_grcGive OUT Day, a national giving day for the LGBTQ community, is May 21!

Please consider donating to Girls Rock Charleston via our Give OUT donation page … and you don’t   have to wait – start donating today!

All funds will go to our current fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 for camp.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

On Thursday, April 30th, MRSOE! and The Sparrow welcome Comedian Mia Jackson to its stage!  Featuring for Mia will be two of Charleston’s best up and coming comedians Jon Antoine and Girls Rock friend Jessica Mickey! This month’s show will support local non-profit Girls Rock Charleston – $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the charity. In addition, Holy City Brewing will be providing a special beer, and all proceeds from the sale of that beer will go towards Girls Rock Charleston as well! Make sure to come early and bring your appetite – Dashi Food Truck, which offers food with a Latin and Asian twist will be at the Sparrow starting at 7pm. Show starts at 8:30pm. The show is 21 and up. The Sparrow is located at 1078 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, South Carolina 29405.

Rock the Circle!!

Rock the Circle!!

This Saturday come Rock the Circle and help support Girls Rock Charleston at the kickoff event for our 2015 fundraising campaign! Come out for food, music, arts and crafts, a silent auction, and local vendors at the Orange Spot (4824 Chateau Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405) from 12 to 4pm. This event will be outside and the weather looks like it will be awesome!

Campers Josey and Parrish will be performing, as well as Girls Rock volunteers and friends Lindsay Holler, Diaspoura, FALINE, Shiny Times, and Push the Silver!

Thanks to vendors and donors: Chef Maya Morrill, Barrel House Spirits, The Brew Cellar, Trash Gurl, Lowcountry Lemonade, Dos Bandidos Art, Ragamuffin sugarshop, King of Pops – Charleston!, Tami Boyce, Ink Meets Paper, Poof, Fly Dog Fitness, The Junction Kitchen & Provisions, AutoBanh FoodTruck, Sawdust Wood Co., Alison Brynn Ross Illustration & Design, and of course, our fabulous hosts The Orange Spot Coffeehouse!! More to follow. We really appreciate the community support, and hope to see everyone on Saturday!

Organizers at Record Store Day

Organizers at Record Store Day

Instruments to play at Record Store Day

Instruments to play at Record Store Day

Girls Rock Charleston had instrument demos and applications available today at Monster Music for Record Store Day!

Up next – come to our volunteer info session at Santi’s on Saturday, April 25 at 2pm. Also next weekend, GRC is tabling at Take Back the Night hosted by People Against Rape from 2pm to 5pm at Marion Square.

Girls Rock Charleston is about to start a fundraising campaign, and the fabulous kick-off event will be May 2 at Orange Spot Coffeehouse from 12pm to 4pm. In addition to food, drinks, crafts, and pop-up shops, we will feature some rockin’ bands including Diaspoura, Push the Silver, Shiny Times, Lindsay Holler, FALINE, and two of our campers performing some songs for us – Josey and Parrish! If you are a camper/afterschool programmer who wants to rock with us – there is still time! Email us at info@girlsrockcharleston.org
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