When Pennsylvanian Monica Morrill speaks at public hearings or heads out to go doorknocking, she isn’t just fighting for freedom—she’s carrying on a generations-long legacy.
“For me, I think about my ancestors who came over on a ship in 1632 from England and I think about the risks and the changes they had to go through just so they could worship God the way they wanted to,” she says, with a slight catch in her voice.
“What am I going to tell my descendants if I couldn’t keep what I was endowed with? I’m not giving it up without a fight.”
It was this determination that drew Morrill to Grassroots Leadership Academy. She had already been active in grassroots activism for years when she signed up for her first GLA training, using her education to speak out against overly oppressive Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
The first night of the Grassroots Activist Certification course, Morrill was hooked. “I liked the variety of people in the audience and their contribution,” she says. “We had people who were retired, we had people who were teachers, people who were running small businesses. I liked the fact that everybody could contribute something from their perspective.”
“It helped enlarge my understanding of my local community—that I wasn’t on my own with my husband, struggling with my family to make a better worldfor my children.”
The weekly GLA trainings quickly became a family affair. The Morrills were moving at the time, but they made it a priority to attend each week.
“I looked forward to every meeting,” Morrill says. “We would be moving during the day and then we’d take a break and go to the GLA training in the evening.”
“On GLA nights we didn’t have to worry about cooking anything, so we’d show up and listen and learn,” she says. “Our children would sit in the back and color or write.”
After finishing up the GLA training, Morrill used what she learned to continue fighting for freedom in her community. She’s an avid writer and speaker and is now leading two classes for Bridge to Wellbeing, one of GLA’s sister organizations.
“’Know Your Rights’ is about the U. S. Constitution,” Morrill explains. “I give a few standard quizzes to the audience and do some audience participation and help introduce people to the rights enshrined in this important document.
The other class Morrill is teaching is “Speaking Up and Speaking Out.” She says this class is about empowering people. “It’s all about helping people recognize their gifts and talents and the tools they’ve been given and how they can effectively use them for the purposes of perpetual freedom.”
Morrill says she highly recommends GLA training for anyone who cares about freedom. “Not only are you going to be learning at GLA, you’ll be able to share your knowledge with everyone else,” she says. “For me, it was encouraging because you realize that there are more people than you envisioned who share the same goal as you.”
Morrill says that whether you’ve been involved in activism for decades like her or are brand new to the fight, you’ll get something from GLA. “No matter what you’ve experienced, if you have an open mind and are willing to learn, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you learn.