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Stand Against Racism

VIRTUAL Rally | Pass the Torch for Equality & Inclusion

At YWCA MV, 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.Stand Against Racism provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

This year, the annual Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 23 – 26, 2020. We invite you to join us in our virtual stand on the myriad of racial justice issues that pose barriers to civic engagement for communities of color. Most importantly, we invite you to explore how the tools of civic engagement can advance the work of justice in your community and empower people of color.

Kick off this year’s campaign with YWCA USA’s first ever National Tele-Town Hall on Thursday, April 23!

Voting rights, census participation, and civic engagement are, and have always been, essential to racial justice. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts all aspects of life, it is also exacerbating the impact of systemic and structural racism on communities of color across health, education, justice, and economic sectors. In this moment, our collective efforts to secure full access at the ballot box, to ensure a fair and complete Census count, and to stand against racism—whenever and wherever it happens—are more important than ever.

The national tele-town hall will:
Explore the issues with national leaders in the movement for racial justice and gender equity
Learn best practices and build skills for effective civic engagement amidst social distancing
Motivate and inspire our nationwide networks for the work of racial justice
In this critical moment for our nation, our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

Speakers include:
Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA
Cecile Richards, Co-chair, Supermajority
Vanita Gupta, President & CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
Valerie Jarrett, Co-Chair, United State of Women & When We All Vote
Ai-Jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Virginia Kase, CEO, League of Women Voters
Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, National Council on Black Civic Participation

Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do:
Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

For more information, contact:
Kari Procopio | kprocopio@ywcamv.org