Quiet Fire

Kim Ngo is like the spring in Edmonton (hometown shout out!). In like a mouse, but you know it’s going to be fierce. Unlike Vancouver’s 37 months of rain this year Kim has been an evolving persona and I have loved every minute of it.

She showed up on the word of her boss. As usual I was very awkward around her (and everyone else) but she obviously felt welcome enough to maintain a strong showing through her first winter with NPVAN. But those walls came down easily. She is caring, she is strong as hell, she is poignant, and (I will say it again) fierce.
You’re struggling through injury (physical/emotional) she has a strong message.
You have a wall you need to climb, she has a route picked out.
She speaks from her heart and sticks to her word.
And she fucking hates burpees…. read more

Much to look forward to (YEG)

While this isn’t a “We’re Back!” announcement, it is a post to share with you some upcoming events that we’re really excited about. I know it likely doesn’t need to be said but I am going to say it anyway…you are all missed. I miss the connection, I miss seeing your smiles, I miss the hugs, I miss your good mornings…I miss you! read more

small steps forward (Ottawa)

“small steps lead to big changes”, we might not see it today, tomorrow or next week. But, in a year from now, or 5 years from now, how are we going to look back at the changes that we have made as a community for our city, our families and each other.

As we continue to call in, listen and learn we thought this week would be a good time to share an article. You may find it helpful and an insightful resource into a piece of our history that is often not shared. read more

We’re All In This Together

Kansas City,

Did you ever think that after leaving the St. Patrick’s Day workout on that cold March morning that we would not gather again as a group until June?

It has been quite the last few months as we have endured isolation, quarantine, and virtual workouts together.

But now we have a chance to come back, but in order for this to work we all are going to have to do our part to keep ourselves and others safe. read more

Hello, June! Where have you gone?

Winnipeg Notes

  • Pride Workout
  • Scott runs a marathon
  • Desiree hosts another epic cheer station
  • Restrictions changing
  • Screening Tool
  • Taking Stigma to the Trash
  • Friday guest co-leaders
Gaston, we are glad you’re here!

Massive shoutout and thank you to Gaston for leading us through yet another phenomenal Pride Workout this past Friday. We are so glad you are here, that you for taking the time to explain the significance of the workout, walking us through LGBTQIA2S and keeping us all smiling through 50 reps of inchworm pushups. Whew. All the be followed up by a Born This Way, ab blasting burnout. T read more

Juneteenth (DC)

Carte-de-visite of a group of African Americans gathered around a man with a pocket watch, leaning on a pulpit made out of U.S. Sanitation Commission crates. A sign on the wall reads "1 Jan-Slaves Forever Free." The text in chain links on the sides read "Waiting for the Hour - Watch Meeting Dec 31, 1862."
“Waiting for the Hour” (1863) depicts of a group of African Americans gathered around a man with a pocket watch waiting for midnight to strike on January 1, 1863. From the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

June 19, 2020, marks 155 years since the enslaved people of Texas were told they were free by Union soldiers. Those enslaved in Texas were the last from Confederate states to be freed in 1865. While the Emancipation Proclamation took effect in January of 1863, it took over two years for enslaved people in Texas to be freed because the state was still under Confederate control. read more

Juneteenth

The first time I learnt about Juneteenth was seeing this race number logo on the National Black Marathoners Association website, the words “Free to Run” really struck a chord in my heart.  Even without context I knew it had a deeper meaning than how simple the act of running was. The words of the NBMA below explains it better than I ever could. 
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Checking-in (YEG)

Hi guys!

It’s been awhile – lots has happened since we last talked. I am doing well…my basil plants are growing tall, thanks for asking…you’re right I do have some grey in my beard…I hope that [insert personal anecdote here] for you is going well still.

Haha ok but really I do hope that you and your families are doing well. While the real or virtual interactions may be brief, making even the smallest connection has truly brought a lot of joy to my day(s). read more

The History of You

Jessica, co-leader of November Project Brooklyn and author of the post, posing with her mother on her graduation day from The College of William and Mary.

It might seem silly to write another blog post about the word *tribe*. Bryson from NP Baltimore wrote an eloquent piece on it already (read it here). Or perhaps, you saw it unfold in the Facebook discussion with the global social group name change to NP World Social. To be clear, November Project, as an international movement, no longer uses this word to define our 52 communities. And now, we’re living in a moment in history, where again white and white-passing individuals, like myself, must confront their… well, our white privilege, our white fragility, and all of the ways in which our white-centered society have inherently created an unequal, unjust world. read more

Moving forward (Ottawa)

At November Project (NP) workouts, we have a responsibility to the people who show up to create a safe space that will welcome, challenge, & encourage members. We acknowledge that this space has not felt safe for all, especially our BIPoC members, & we sincerely apologize. Many institutions, organizations, & practices are rooted in white supremacy and colonialism— and NP is no different. Below is a snapshot of our multilayered plan to untangle white supremacy & white settler colonialism from our organization — & rebuild. As long as there is injustice, we will continue to break down/add/edit/modify/rebuild our organization & this plan. read more