Welcome to the Until Justice Just Is: Racial Justice Challenge!
This year, we are excited to introduce the Until Justice Just Is: Racial Justice Challenge to help foster a virtual community of growth and learning around social, systemic, and institutional racial inequity. This YWCA USA national initiative, created in partnership with YWCA Greater Cleveland, 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. This opportunity is open to anyone and will provide participants with daily challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences, and so much more.
From April 17 – May 15, participants will have the opportunity to learn and engage with challenges about racial inequity within the following topics:
Participation in this virtual community of growth helps us to discover how racial and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.
WEEK 1 – DISABILITY
During disability week we will cover the history of Eugenics, the Disability Rights Movement, the intersection of race, gender, and disability, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WEEK 2 – HOUSING
Learn how redlining continues to impact communities, who can access housing, and how racism, homophobia, and transphobia have become a driver of homelessness and its criminalization.
WEEK 3 – MUSIC
In partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we will talk about the legacy of musician activists, racism in the music industry, cultural appropriation, how music pushes against gender stereotypes, and access to music education.
WEEK 4 – MENTAL HEALTH
Dive into how psychology has been used as a tool of marginalization, access to mental healthcare, and discrimination’s impact on mental health outcomes.
HONORING THE WORK
YWCA Greater Cleveland 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 Greater Cleveland staff as part of racial equity and social justice programs offered to the community.