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YWCA USA Stand Against Racism Campaign: We Can't Wait

Stand Against Racism 2022

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 9 – May 2, 2022.

YWCA MV and our partners at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield are dedicating the month of April to centering the myriad of racial justice issues that impact the health and safety of communities of color. We invite you to join us in advancing the work of justice in our community and empowering people of color.


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Take the Challenge

The Stand Against Racism (SAR) Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

We hope that you will go into this challenge with an open heart and an open mind, ready to be pushed out of your comfort zone. We know these discussions can be difficult and can bring up powerful emotions, but your commitment to increasing your awareness is what will help move our community forward.

Each day of the challenge, you will be presented with activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

To engage with other people doing the challenge, use the hashtag #YWCASARChallenge to share your reflections on social media. You can also join the YWCA Facebook group where participants can continue the conversation in a safe space.

This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you will join us!

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Take the Challenge

YWCA wants to thank and acknowledge Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., Debby Irving, and Dr. Marguerite Penick for their leadership in the field of racial equity as exhibited in their 21 Day Racial Equity and Habit Building Challenge and the movement they helped to initiate. YWCA’s content is independently designed, written, and curated by YWCA staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community.

Challenge Chats

Throughout the Stand Against Racism Challenge, the YWCA Mohawk Valley Racial Justice Committee will host a lunch hour Zoom session every Friday at noon for participants to discuss the week’s topic. Challenge Chats will allow everyone who takes the Challenge to reflect on what they have learned and engage with other community members on pertinent issues. The discussions are free and open to all!

Email Community Educator Hermina Garic for Zoom links to join: hgaric@ywcamv.org

We Take the Pledge to Stand Against Racism

Thank you to our 2022 Stand Against Racism Sponsor Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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