YWCA is on a mission to Stand Against Racism 

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 our community to take a #StandAgainstRacim and unite our voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

This year YWCA Lower Cape Fear’s 11th Annual Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 22-25, 2021. This campaign will focus on the myriad of racial justice issues that impact the health and safety of communities of color. Most importantly, we invite our community to explore how From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis can advance the work of justice in our community and empower people of color.

Structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. These factors affect people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.

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.

Join Us for Stand Against Racism 2021!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available:  2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

Watch the 2020 Stand Against Racism message from our CEO, Velva Jenkins and see how we pivoted in 2020 to an online event.

Velva Jenkins, CEO, YWCA of the Lower Cape Fear Kicks Off 10th Annual Stand Against Racism Campaign

Stand Against Racism 2021    | April 22 – 25, 2021

For 11 years, YWCA Lower Cape Fear has hosted an event for Stand Against Racism. We’ve hosted events at our campus and on the steps of the courthouse. This year we are going virtual, again, in the hopes that we can widely spread our mission to eliminate racism. Here’s how to participate:

  • Announce your participation in and excitement about Stand Against Racism on social media
  • Help us spread awareness about Stand Against Racism on social media:
    • Announce your participation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn
    • Use our hashtags: #YWCALCF #SARILM #StandAgainstRacism
    • Use one of our facebook frames (search YWCA Lower Cape Fear)
    • Tag @YWCALCF in your Facebook and Twitter posts (Instagram: @ywca_lowercapefear)
  • Take part in our challenge and nominate/engage your friends to share their support on social media (see below)
  • Download Stand Against Racism Posters (download below)
  • Purchase a Stand Against Racism T-Shirt

SAR Shirt 2020 FrontSAR Shirt 2020 Back


STAND AGAINST RACISM PLEDGE

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis;

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.

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