Introducing Rev. B. De Neice Welch, Ntosake Consultant

Ntosake and Gamaliel are excited to welcome Rev. B. De Neice Welch as our new Ntosake Consultant! Rev. Welch is the Senior Pastor of Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended National Leadership training in 2015, and served as Ntosake Chair for five years. She is a longtime leader, and later organizer, with Pennsylvania…

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Postcards from the Future: The Race and Power Institute

  The Race and Power Institute is an entity within Gamaliel that aims to create a bridge between race analysis and organizing work and provide ongoing professional development and resources for organizers and leaders within and outside the Gamaliel Network at the intersection of policy, praxis, and philosophy. As we move into Gamaliel’s next 35…

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Dominant vs. Transformational Narrative: Mary Lim-Lampe, Genesis

“Genesis has been working to include youth (anyone under the age of 22 years old) into work for many years. The dominant narrative tends to commodify young bodies and faces, while devaluing youth voices and perspectives. These three women are our Summer Internship cohort from 2021.  We are committed to including youth voices because most…

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Meet Our Leaders: Sara Meyer, Quad Cities Interfaith

Although Sara Meyer was an active member of Gamaliel affiliate Quad Cities Interfaith (QCI), until recently, she was adamant that she did not want to attend Gamaliel’s National Leadership Training.   Meyer, a member-at-large of the QCI Board of Directors, attended an Ntosake training and a handful of shorter trainings, but struggled with Gamaliel’s agitational…

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Postcard from the Past: 25th Anniversary

Gamaliel celebrated its 25th anniversary with an International Leadership Assembly in December 2010. Leaders, organizers and Gamaliel supporters from across the United States, England and South Africa gathered in Chicago for a red-carpet affair, during which Ana Garcia-Ashley was installed as Gamaliel’s second Executive Director. Garcia-Ashley joined Gamaliel as an organizer for MICAH (Milwaukee) in 1992 and began her tenure as…

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Postcard from the Past: Transformational Justice Campaign

  Transformational Justice a strategic priority for Gamaliel in June 2016. Soon after, Board Presidents from across the Network also adopted mass incarceration as a strategic priority, and meetings began in earnest with members around the country. The first Transformational Justice in Action retreat was held in 2018 at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

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Postcard from the Past: Civil Rights of Immigrants

The Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign was established in 2003 by local affiliates engaged in developing immigrant leadership. Leaders from affiliates around the country agreed they needed a center around which to organize their efforts on immigration issues. They wanted to use the energy generated by their shared self-interests to demand justice from the United…

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Postcard from the Past: Rolling Thunder, 2003-2004

Rolling Thunder was a series of coordinated actions inspired by “thunder” in South Africa — protests against apartheid. In 2001, women from South Africa joined Gamaliel’s International Leadership Assembly (ILA) to discuss the “strike a rock” women’s campaign in their country. In the following years, Gamaliel affiliates held coordinated actions across the nation, kicked off…

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Postcard from the Past: Ntosake, 1993

The first Ntosake was a “women’s weekend.” In 1993, Gamaliel women were hungry for a space to explore their potential as leaders in a society that often underestimates their power and strength. At the close of the weekend, Rev. Dr. Brenda Hayes of the African Methodist Episcopal Church gave a sermon on the word “Ntosake,”…

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