Until Justice Just Is

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. That’s why we’re changing the name to Until Justice Just Is.

At the YWCA, names mean something. We believe it’s time to be more inclusive in our language and our campaigns. We have invited and inspired countless activists, advocates and allies to join us in the movement to eliminate racism through our annual Stand Against Racism campaign. The campaign has served its purpose in our efforts against racism, but its time to be more inclusive with our message as we continue to evolve and learn. While the campaign itself has long united us against racism, we acknowledge that for many the word “stand” in its name evoked feelings of ableism, exclusivity and disempowerment. As an organization dedicated to advancing justice for all, it’s our responsibility to ensure that all are included in the movement and inspired to take part in advancing justice in partnership with us.

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Until Justice Just Is: Racial Justice Challenge

YWCA is excited to announce the launchRacial Justice Challenge of the Until Justice Just Is: Racial Justice Challenge in April 17 – May 15, 2023.

The YWCA Racial Justice Challenge is a virtual learning community of growth and learning that is open to anyone and will provide daily challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experiences, and more to help participants build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

During the four weeks of our 2023 Racial Justice Challenge, participants will have the opportunity to learn about barriers to racial equity within the following topic areas: Disability, Housing, Mental Health, and Music.

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. 

Until Justice Just Is Pledge

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. I am joining the movement for racial justice with YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country to advance justice — until justice just is.

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 advancing justice today and every day — until justice just is.

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