About Stand Against Racism
Stand Against Racism takes place annually in April and is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities and to build community among those who work for racial justice.
This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism quickly grew to a national presence by 2010, when an additional 80 YWCA local Associations across the nation participated.
In 2019, over 134 YWCAs along with community organizations joined in the Stand Against Racism, holding over 179 events across 44 states and the District of Columbia. YWCA USA hosted a policy briefing on Capitol Hill: “Ensuring Safety and Opportunity for Immigrant Women.” In collaboration with the vast YWCA network and our partners, both national and local, YWCA raised our collective voice around the critical racial justice issue of supporting and protecting immigrant women, children, families, and communities.
Civic engagement is, and always has been, central to racial justice work.
Ensuring access to the ballot box and engagement of marginalized communities in the political process are powerful tools for eliminating racism and creating a more inclusive democracy. Voter registration, protecting voting rights, and breaking down barriers to women of color running for and holding elected office are foundational to this work.
The census is another critical lever for power and justice. The results of the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in congress, shape the boundaries for voting districts, and determine how more than $675 billion in federal, state, and local funding supports communities around the country.
Civic engagement is most powerful when we value the full spectrum of civic life and when all community members have the power to choose how they’d like to participate. Each of us can stand against racism by engaging in our communities in a meaningful way.
Learn more about events taking place in April and Stand Against Racism.