No

No. I didn’t sleep at all last night.
I tossed and turned and cried and scrolled my feed. Looking for answers, for support. My heart hurt. I am a woman, a person of color, a member of the LGBT community, from a family of immigrants, all the things.
And as hard as it was to get up today, it is still an opportunity. And I am on a mission as many of you already know. I may not be as ready as I would like to be but we are charging forward.
This past year, with a team of dedicated friends, I have been working on starting a new nonprofit youth development conservation corps, the Eastern Sierra Conservation Corps.
I have learned so much from the mountains and through the Backcountry Trails Program and my journey continues today.
I want to put boots on the ground by next summer. I want to provide the opportunity for more young adults to get out in the wilderness that belongs to all of us. I believe in the power of building more inclusive and healthy communities.
ESCC and the WILDlands Project (Wilderness Immersion Leadership and Development) will have backcountry trail crews, all women’s crews, first-time backpacking trips, work along the John Muir Trail, and alumni based travelling technical task force trail crews working all over California. We will get work done.
I am processing through the events that led to the results of last night. The only way I know is to move forward and to continue to fight the good fight.
And I, we, need your help. To get off the ground, we are soliciting donations of any kind. Money, gear, time, advice.
Let’s keep the conversation going. Let’s connect if we haven’t in a long time. To learn more about my project or to donate, visit our webpage.
Love and solidarity to all of you.

25 thoughts on “No”

  1. This is one of my favorite posts today! I can make a donation by the end of the year. Please sign me up, I would love to be a part of this in any way I am capable.

  2. This is great Agnes, you have my full support. We can find solace in nature in this trying time. You are a strong, beautiful woman and a role model to me and many others!

  3. Hello Agnes! Not sure how I can provide support, but I really respect and believe in your mission. Maybe I can help take pictures of your first crew in action? Good pics might help with getting the word out about the good things ya’ll will surely be doing.

  4. Do not fret. You are powerful, smart, and beautiful. There is more love in the world than hate. always has been, always will be.

  5. You inspire me so much Aggie. I’ve though so much of you and my friends in the US in the last 24hours. One thing I’m certain of is how successful you will be in this because of your passion and drive. Best of luck from Australia. Big love xx

  6. Awesome! And a lot of friends are looking for good stuff to do to alleviate the misery of current events. Do you need help with specific stuff like graphic design, Web design, video or photo editing… really anything creative or text related? I can reach out to specific people.

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