From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis

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Stand Against Racism 2021

We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.

YWCA USA’s 15th annual Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 22 – 25, 2021.

YWCA MV and our partners at Excellus BlueCrossBlueShield are dedicating the month of April to centering the myriad of racial justice issues that impact the health and safety of communities of color. Most importantly, exploring the national theme From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis. We invite you to join us in advancing the work of justice in our community and empowering people of color.

Stand Against Racism Online

Just us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram all month long as we engage in essential conversations on topics relative to racism as a public health crisis. There will be opportunities to learn, to act, and win prizes.

Weekly Topics:
Environmental Racism | April 5 – 9
Access to Education | April 12 – 16
Access to Quality Healthcare and Racial Health Disparities | April 26 – 30


Taking Action Today!

It’s never the wrong time to raise your voice and ACT! Call your elected officials and ask them to be advocates for advancing racial justice.

Download our SAR 21 Elected Official Outreach Guide for a sample phone script and meeting request for contacting your local representatives. We are always asking our community and representative to support our mission to eliminate racism, especially by addressing racism as a public health crisis.

For more action steps you can take, visit YWCA USA’s Action Center.


Education Equity Panel

YWCA MV held our first virtual panel discussion on April 23. We were proud to bring together community leaders to discuss issues faced by students and the need for education equity.

Thank you to our incredible speakers:
David Mathis | Director, Oneida County Workforce Development; YWCA MV Racial Justice Committee Member
Dr. Cheryl Minor | Principal, Watson-Williams Elementary School
C. Sonia Martinez | Executive Director, Mohawk Valley Latino Association; YWCA MV Board Member

We Take the Pledge to Stand Against Racism

Thank you to our 2021 Stand Against Racism Sponsor Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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