The YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester will host its annual Stand Against Racism on April 26, 2019, and encourages other organizations and individuals to join in this call to action. The theme is “No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice” and it intentionally aims to further the conversation around immigrants’ rights and the need to fight for their equality in the community. The event will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus.
The YWCA is inviting participating sites and individuals to raise awareness that racism still exists in communities and can no longer be ignored or tolerated. “The YWCA is about building a movement. Taking action will yield change,” says Maria Imperial, CEO of the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester. “Participants can recite and sign the YWCA pledge to Stand Against Racism, promote it on social media, share the information with colleagues or engage in work to eliminate racism.” Sites can enroll at www.StandAgainstRacism.org and questions can be emailed to Aquinones@ywcawpcw.org. Registration is free!
This year’s theme was chosen because “the violence and trauma enacted upon immigrant communities have become increasingly visible at the forefront of conversations on race, citizenship and criminalization. Immigration is a historical norm in this country, as are deep-rooted anti-immigrant sentiments and legislation that criminalizes immigrants, particularly immigrants of color. “In this moment, our country and our communities must confront these historical injustices as we exist in a political environment that exponentially strengthens and emboldens anti-immigrant attitudes and policies,” the YWCA states.
The Stand Against Racism campaign is one part of the YWCA’s larger national strategy to fulfill its mission of eliminating racism. It is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.
Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism quickly grew to a national presence by 2010, when an additional 80 YWCAs across the nation participated. In 2018, over 470 Stand Against Racism events were held nationwide, in nearly every state. Participants included over 190 YWCAs, as well as state and local governments, schools, nonprofit organizations, various companies and small businesses, houses of worship, and more. Last year’s campaign also featured over 20 national partner organizations, including the United State of Women, Moms Rising, the American Constitution Society, Planned Parenthood, the Women’s March and others. For more information, contact Ariana Quiñones, 914.816.2358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Since 1929, the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester (YWCA) has been a pioneer for social change through innovative programs that seek to improve the lives of women and families and that strive for racial justice. For more information, visit https://ywcawpcw.org/.
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