EBONY caught up with Me Too founder Tarana Burke at the 23rd Annual Champion Awards Gala (May 15) and discussed the online platform the activist will be launching this summer.
Burke is combining the Me Too movement and her Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) to create an online community of healing resources for communities of survivors and promote ways to get involved with allies and advocates. “Our platform is an extension of the work,” the director of GGE says. “Because #MeToo went viral, I think it’s important to work in reverse. Most people start online and then take it to the street. We actually started grassroots in communities. Now, we’re building an online community because it’s a quick way to give access to resources.”
The social platform will have toolkits, workshops and discussion boards for users.
Burke was honored alongside Terry Crews at the gala for her work with Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading victim assistance organization.
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