Stand Against Racism

YWCA is on a mission to Stand Against Racism!

April 23-26, 2020

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 fundamental 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.

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 mcruz@ywcacm.org.

Help us spread awareness about our Stand Against Racism campaign this April! Share your support on social media:

  1. Use our hashtags: #ywcacm and #SAR,
  2. Use one of our SAR Facebook profile picture frames (search ywcacm)
  3. Tag @YWCACM in your posts

Take it up a notch and participate in our Stand Against Racism Social Media Challenge:

Copy, Paste, and Challenge! Join us in our mission of standing against racism on social media by sharing our message and challenging your friends to pledge to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen our community.

Here’s How:

  1. Take a picture or video with a sign that says “ I’m stand,” “ I stand with the YWCA,” or “I’m taking a Stand Against Racism”
  2. Copy and Paste our message template
  3. Tag and challenge your friends
  4. Post

Message Template:

I AM TAKING A STAND! I pledge to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen our community. I AM TAKING A STAND AGAINST RACISM with YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country, this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism Campaign — and every day!

Together, we’re stronger. Together we 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.

I was nominated by @YWCACM and I challenge [insert name] to join our mission and STAND AGAINST RACISM!

Copy this text and post a photo or a video to challenge your friends to stand up and speak out against racism in our community!

We need your help to continue to grow the impact of our work. Support us by starting a Facebook fundraiser during the month of April.

Here’s how you can start your own Stand Against Racism fundraiser:
1. Click here to start a fundraiser on Facebook
2. Set a goal – any goal. Every dollar makes a difference!
3. Pick a start and end date. We suggest running it throughout the month of April.
4. Name the fundraiser. Here’s some suggestions:

  • Stand Against Racism with YWCA Central Mass
  • Take A Stand Against Racism
  • This April, Stand Against Racism

5. Write a description to let people know why this fundraiser is important or use ours:

This April, I’m joining YWCA Central Massachusetts and taking a Stand Against Racism. Throughout the month of April, I’m raising funds to support the YW’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, and strengthen our community.

Through their programs and campaigns, such as Stand Against Racism, they seek to raise awareness of racism within Worcester County’s institutions and work with people on strategies to create more inclusive environments.

Together, we’re stronger. Together we 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. Please help me reach my goal by donating to my Stand Against Racism fundraiser and sharing it on your Facebook.

6. Upload a cover photo or use ours:

7. Publish & Share!

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.