Stand Against Racism
Friday, April 28, 2017
10:25 – 10:50 am
The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement of the YWCA that aims to raise community awareness of the effects of racism on all of us. We encourage schools, business, faith groups, civic & community groups, and neighbors to use the month of April to discuss issues of race, attend a Racial Equity Workshop, read up on the issue; then take part in our public stand along major streets in Evanston and Skokie/Niles Township on the last Friday in April.
How do YOU stand against racism in your day-to-day life? In what ways do you help your workplace, neighborhood, house of worship, team or family focus on being more equitable?
Register at www.standagainstracism.org for your group to participate in our public Stand Against Racism. Last year, over 10,000 people were part of our visible stand along Ridge and Church in Evanston, and along Oakton, Gross Point and Lawler in Skokie. Please join them this year!
If you're not part of a group, come out and stand with us as an individual! (No need to register.) Join us in Skokie from 10:25 – 10:50am and in Evanston from 11:30 – 11:55am. Some organizations will be inviting participants to come inside after the Stand to have a short discussion – a great way to meet others who share your passion for social justice. Those sites will be posted by April 5.
Brainstorm in your office, congregation, faculty or boardroom, about one or two ways your organization could work together to change the climate of equity and inclusion. How about one of these:
We hope that by the time we’re all standing together at the end of April, we will be nurturing a stronger culture of equity in our communities.
Does standing together for 15 minutes eliminate racism? Of course not. But it does allow us to see the broad range of people in this community who are committed to working toward that goal. We need each other's support to stay in the struggle, to have the hard conversations, to do the self-assessment necessary to transform ourselves and our community.
The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement of the YWCA that aims to raise community awareness of the effects of racism on all of us. For more details about the Stand Against Racism, contact Racial Justice Director of Community Engagement Eileen Heineman at 847-864-8445, x158.