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2022 Campaign

This year, our Stand Against Racism Campaign centers around a new theme, We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now!

Our country was founded on the idea of building a government of the people, by the people, for the people. More than two hundred years later, this vision has yet to be fully achieved. Through generations of civil rights activism have led to important gains in legal, political, social, educational, and other spheres, the forced displacement of indigenous peoples and the institution of slavery marked the beginning of a system of racial injustice from which our country has yet to break free.

We say enough is enough.

Swim Against Racism

Swim Against RacismThis event is in conjunction with YWCA’s signature campaign, STAND AGAINST RACISM, which raises awareness of the impact of institutional and structural racism and builds community among those who work for racial justice and the STAND AGAINST RACISM CHALLENGE (previously the 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge).

The YWCA Aquatics Program is proud to host a 1 mile, ½ mile and 500 yard distance swim meet challenging swimmers to their personal best time or to simply set the goal to complete one of these distances.

Stand Against Racism Challenge

YWCA is excited to announce the launch of the Stand Against Racism (SAR) Challenge in April 2022. The SAR Challenge is an official national initiative of YWCA USA. Previously known as the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, this is the same program developed by YWCA Greater Cleveland in 2019.

The Stand Against Racism 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. Participation in an activity like this helps us 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.

This year YWCA has created a challenge app that presents the challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more.

Join the Stand Against Racism Challenge.

YWCA Lower Cape Fear 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. 


Watch YWCA’s 11th Annual Stand Against Racism Event

YWCA's 11th Annual Stand Against Racism Event

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.


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.

Take the Pledge