Stand Against Racism


Stand Against Racism 2018
Our Mission. Our Power. Our Future.
April 26-28, 2018

Voting rights and civic engagement are, and have always been, core components of racial justice work. As civil rights are eroded for communities of color, we look forward to focusing this year’s Stand Against Racism on supporting full access and engagement for women and girls of color in the political process.

We are thrilled to welcome Carmen Perez as this year’s guest speaker at our Community Forum and Leadership Breakfast. Ms. Perez is a social activist and executive director of The Gathering for Justice. She was co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March. Carmen’s advocacy covers a broad spectrum of civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation.

Join us this year for a Community Forum and Breakfast with Carmen Perez and a festive and lively Community Celebration. Click the 2018 Events box below to learn more about this year’s events.

Community Forum: April 26, 2018
5:30 PM-7:30 PM | YWCA Central Massachusetts

Join us at the YWCA Central Massachusetts for a lively community discussion structured around access and engagement for women and girls of color in the political process.

Guest speaker: Carmen Perez
Carmen Perez is a social activist and executive director of The Gathering for Justice. She was co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March. Carmen’s advocacy covers a broad spectrum of civil rights issues, including mass incarceration, gender equity, violence prevention, racial healing and community policing. Carmen has crossed the globe promoting peace through civil and human rights, building alternatives to incarceration and violence, and providing commentary and guidance for state and federal policy creation.

To learn more about Carmen and her work, click here.

Leadership Breakfast with Guest Speaker Carmen Perez: April 27, 2018
7:30 AM-9:00 AM | YWCA Central Massachusetts

Our annual Stand Against Racism Leadership Breakfast is an opportunity for leaders in the Worcester community to come together and make a commitment to finding solutions to the challenges we face in our community, and to share in our vision of a society free of racism and discrimination. We are thrilled to welcome Carmen Perez as this year’s guest speaker.

If you are a community leader who is interested in attending our Leadership Breakfast, please contact Maritza Cruz, Director of Racial and Gender Equity at mcruz@ywcacentralmass.org.

Community Celebration: April 28, 2018
12:00 PM-3:00 PM | YWCA Central Massachusetts

Join us for a lively and fun celebration of cultures featuring multi-ethnic dance, food, art and music, as well as a Reading of Stand Against Racism pledge. This event will be held (rain or shine) outside in the YWCA parking lot. Free and open to the public.

Interested in participating in the community celebration? Contact Maritza Cruz, Director of Racial and Gender Equity at mcruz@ywcacentralmass.org.

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.

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For more information about how to get involved with Stand Against Racism, contact Maritza Cruz at mcruz@ywcacentralmass.org.

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.