YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley

Racial Justice and Civil Rights

For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action to protect the rights of all women and girls.

In 1970, the YWCA USA adopted the One Imperative "To thrust our collection power toward the elimination of racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary."

The YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley seeks to implement this Imperative and has developed a program with an evolving action plan designed to:

  • Improve the perception and understanding of disadvantaged groups by our members and our community through training, education and social action.
  • Promote greater interaction and positive relations among diverse groups by and within our own programs and activities, as well as within our community.
  • develop the skills by board, staff and active members to appreciate the wealth of our community's diversity; proactively demonstrate our core values and commitment to inclusiveness; and work to reconcile difference.

YWCA Mission Committee
10 Things YOU Can Do To Eliminate Racism

  1. Do not let racist remarks go unchallenged, even if they are uttered or made by a friend, relative or total stranger. Point out that their remark/action is racist and ask them to stop.
  2. Confront those telling racist jokes or using negative stereotypes about the insensitivity and inappropriateness of such remarks. Call people out!
  3. Refuse to tolerate racism in any setting (business, social, etc.); speak up against racist comments or actions!
  4. Become more conscious of privilege/racism where it exists in you and others.
  5. Participate in local events, cultural or museum presentations, outside of your comfort zone (Latino Heritage Parade, Black History Parade, Pacific Asia Museum, etc...)
  6. Look people in the eye when you speak to them with sensitivity to cultural norms.
  7. Take note of individuals applying for positions, or who are currently employed, who have credentials from other countries. Are they being considered and compensated in the same way that those who are American born and educated are?
  8. Select diverse vendors for your personal or business purchases.
  9. Have your child invite a student of a different background over for a play date and/or invite an associate of a different background over for dinner.
  10. Acknowledge that racism still exists.

To be a part of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley's fight for racial justice, join the Mission Committee.