Here’s what we believe:
Here at getFIT615 we work with folx and their bodies… kind of. But folx’s bodies, are politicized… they always have been. In working with human beings and their bodies, we also know that we’re working with their minds, experiences, traumas, understandings, beliefs, and policies. That being said, we make it a priority to support work in our local community that actively supports the liberation and the equity of human beings and their bodies.
The following are organizations that we support financially and politically:
Oasis Center Nashville
Located in Nashville, Oasis Center is a nationally-recognized organization on a mission to help young people in Middle Tennessee move into a happy, healthy, and productive adulthood. Every year, we engage over 3,500 youth and families across a broad spectrum of programs and services designed to help them reach their full potential.
Our philosophy is simple: Rather than viewing youth as passive recipients, we see them as full stakeholders who hold the keys to addressing some of the most challenging problems facing our city, including violence reduction, improved graduation rates, bullying prevention, discrimination, intolerance, and more.
Sexual Assault Center
SAC’s mission is to provide healing for children, adults and families affected by sexual assault and to end sexual violence through counseling, education, and advocacy.
Disastrously, statistics show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they reach 18. Our goal, with your help, is to change these statistics.
Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition
Since our founding in 2003, TIRRC has grown from an informal network of community leaders into one of the most diverse and effective coalitions of its kind, a model for immigrant rights organizations in the Southeast and throughout the United States.
We are nationally recognized for our multiethnic, multigenerational coalition building, effective legislative advocacy, and award-winning communications initiatives. We organize both individual immigrant and refugees, as well as organizations that serve immigrant and refugee communities.
National Bail Out
National Bail Out is reuniting families, creating a national community of leaders who have experienced incarceration, and working with groups across the country to transform harmful systems to keep our people safe and free.
National Bail Out is a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. We are people who have been impacted by cages — either by being in them ourselves or witnessing our families and loved ones be encaged. We are queer, trans, young, elder, and immigrant.
Donate to support National Bail Out’s ongoing work! We can buy our people’s freedom and push against mass criminalization and modern bondage! A donation to the National Bail Fund can go towards getting someone out of jail or providing them with the help they need. The great news is that most of the bail money is ultimately returned so your contribution can cycle through and support multiple Bail Outs. You can also make a consistent contribution by signing up for Appolition – the digital tool that allows you to give your spare change from purchases to National Bail Out.
Black Lives Matter Nashville
Black Lives Matter Nashville is a local chapter that is part of the Black Lives Matter Network. The Black Lives Matter Network is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black liberation movement.
BLM’s guiding principles are: diversity + restorative justice + globalism + queer affirming + unapologetically black + collective value + empathy + loving engagement + transgender affirming + black villages + black women + black families + intergenerational
We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities.
We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting.
We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others.
We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world.
We are guided by the fact all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location.
We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male‐centeredness.
We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work.
We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable.
We are committed to fostering a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise.
We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, shows up with capacity to lead and learn.
We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.