In the News
Cops Already Patrol These Students’ Schools. It Doesn’t Make Them Feel Safer.
Rebecca Klein of the Huffington Post published an article on the march for Black Women, organized by SSLC.
“Victoria Byfield knows exactly what it’s like to show up to school and get treated as a suspect instead of a student. Now a student at Miami Dade College, she recalls walking to high school in the morning and seeing students getting questioned outside about their recent whereabouts. It felt like she was witnessing an interrogation.” Read the full article here.
Support SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective on International Women’s Day!
The Miami New Times published an article about what organizations to support for International Women’s Day, and SOUL Sisters made the list! Taylor Estape writes:
“Organizing in both New York City and South Florida, the S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective supports leadership among girls and nonbinary youth of color. Ongoing work involves direct engagement with middle- and high-school–aged femmes in the foster care, juvenile, mental-health, and other systems to promote social entrepreneurship, social justice education, and healing. In South Florida, S.O.U.L. Sisters works directly with the Miami Black Girls Matter Coalition through a youth leaders board.
You can provide support for the S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective in several ways. On the planning committee for the BOOM: Assembly for Black Women and Girls, it’s organizing fundraising through a CrowdRise page. Wakumi Douglas, cofounder and executive director at S.O.U.L. Sisters, explains the assembly is “focused on electoral politics and voting rights for black women and girls and building on black women and girls’ political platform approaching the 2018 elections.”
S.O.U.L. Sisters is also always looking for volunteers, especially artists and professionals for project support and mentoring. Support for event, administrative, and operations work are also options for anyone interested in getting involved.
“Young people already have so much power,” Douglas says. “I think empowerment puts a lot of power on the the adults. We don’t see our work that way. We ask them: ‘What do you see in your community that you want to change? How do you want to do that? What do you need?’ We really take our leadership from them.”
To volunteer with the S.O.U.L. Sisters, contact Wakumi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Young women and gender-nonconforming youth interested in getting involved with the Miami Black Girls Matter Coalition can contact Angela at email@example.com.”
WFSU Public Media’s Davondra Alston reported on Black Girls Day at the Miami Capitol.
The recent Black Girls Day at the Capitol was the first to highlight minority women’s economic issues in Florida. Several organizations want improvements on education and better access to health care. The Sisters Organizing for Understanding and Leadership Group and other minority groups want state representatives to focus on improvements in education. S.O.U.L. Sister member Tajarah Surin says public schools in southern Florida have a lack of resources.
Read the full article here.
Logan Meza, SOUL Sisters Youth Community Organizer, speaks about economic inequality among trans youth at Femme Agenda Conference in Miami, FL.
Healing Spaces For Racial Trauma After Police Involved Shootings:
Many thanks to our 2017 Restorative Justice Training Fellows!
We took part in “Reimagining Safety: an urgent conversation about the movements centering girls of color” hosted by the NoVo Foundation in June, 2017
We hosted a SOUL Model training in the summer of 2017
Being A Girl and Justice 101 Workshops ~ July 21, 2016
We gave two workshops (Being A Girl and Justice 101) at the Miami Girls Rock Camp on Miami Beach! Learn more about Girls Rock Camp here!
Community Circle for Black Lives ~ July 9, 2016
We hosted a healing circle, which was attended by over 200 people, in light of the recent police killings. The event page can be found here. #blacklivesmatter.
SOUL Swag ~ April 13, 2016
We hosted an end-of-the-year exhibit and performance evening, Soul Swag! The evening featured photography taken by the middle school participants of our Sisterhood Academy program, as well as spoken word, music, singing, and story telling by NYC community organizers and Columbia University School of Social Work students. We had over 80 attendees, 11 youth participants, and 34 visual artists. Take a look at photos here.
Beyond the Bars Conference ~March 2016
Youth Leaders Board members led the youth panel discussion at Columbia University’s Beyond the Bars annual conference. Read more about it here!!
Black Girls Matter (BGM) Youth on WLRN
Youth Leaders Board (YLB) member Jazandrea Byrdsong lit up the mic to speak about why black girls matter and the important work that was done during the Black Girls Matter Circles (BGMC) and the final leadership summit! Listen to the interview here!
Black Girls Matter (BGM) Coalition on Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) Podcast
Our Co-Founder & Executive Director, Wakumi Douglas, and Miami based Youth Community Organizer, Logan Meza, spoke about what we actually mean when we say “Black Girls Matter” and what it looks like to actually show up for young people in an effective manner! Listen to the podcast on SoundCloud here!
We hosted SOUL Models 101 at CASES & the New York Women’s Foundation
Featured in Fem2pt0! ~ Feb. 2016
Our “SOULful Fashion and Business” was featured on fem2pt0! Check out the blogpost here!
Holiday Fundraiser ~ Dec. 2015
We raised over $3,000 with our holiday fundraising campaign!
Named 2015 Heroes ~ Nov. 2015
In November, S.O.U.L. Sisters was honored with the 2015 IOBY Hero Award.
Week of Action ~ Oct. 2015
SSLC members in NYC and Miami participated in the Dignity in Schools Campaign Week of Action.
Art of Healing ~ Oct. 2015
We published our FIRST ZINE entitled, Sankofa: The Healing Addition. Check it out HERE!
IOBY Blog ~ July 2015
Check out the gracious blog post written about us!
Fundraising Success! ~ June 2015
We raised over $12,000 in our grassroots fundraising campaign! Thank you to all of our donors and to our fiscal sponsor, IOBY.
#BlackGirlsMatterMIA ~ May 2015
Members of our team co-organized the #BlackGirlsMatterMIA town hall attended by hundreds.
Transformative Practices Conference – March 2015
Co-Founders & YLB/NYC members presented at the Transformative Practices & Restorative Justice Conference at Lehman College.