Stand Against Racism 2020

YWCA is on a mission to Stand Against Racism!

About the Theme: Civic Engagement

Civic engagement is, and always has been, central to racial justice work.

Ensuring access to the ballot box and engagement of marginalized communities in the political process are powerful tools for eliminating racism and creating a more inclusive democracy. Voter registrationprotecting voting rights, and breaking down barriers to women of color running for and holding elected office are foundational to this work.

The census is another critical lever for power and justice. The results of the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in congress, shape the boundaries for voting districts, and determine how more than $675 billion in federal, state, and local funding supports communities around the country.

Civic engagement is most powerful when we value the full spectrum of civic life and when all community members have the power to choose how they’d like to participate. Each of us can stand against racism by engaging in our communities in a meaningful way.

You can read more about this year’s theme and the YWCA Stand Against Racism agenda here.

Check back soon for more information about the Community Breakfast! This page is updated daily. 

Get Involved
Are you holding your own Stand Against Racism event? Or do you simply want to show solidarity? Register your organization or business here.

For more information about how to get involved with Stand Against Racism, contact Maritza Cruz at

About Stand Against Racism
YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism is a series of events that bring together like-minded organizations sharing YWCA’s vision and mission of eliminating racism and celebrating multiculturalism and the value of diversity.

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 took a Stand. Over 2,000 organizations across 39 states joined in the Stand Against Racism. This phenomenal success attracted well over 250,000 participants and earned the endorsement of five U.S. Governors. The event has been widely featured by local ABC, NBC, CBS, and other networks.

In recent years, more than 140 organizations have participated, pledging to STAND with the YWCA Central Massachusetts. Events include a Leadership Breakfast and Community Forum featuring keynote speakers who are committed to advancing racial equity, and an on-site Stand Celebration that showcases the community’s multi-racial, multi-ethnic communities with diverse performances, artwork, and food.

Click here for more information about Stand Against Racism.