Evanston/North Shore

Stand Against Racism


Friday, April 28, 2017

In Skokie: 10:25 – 10:50 am
In Evanston: 11:30 – 11:55 am 

(Note the earlier time – we are trying to make it easier for the schools’ lunch service.)

What is the Stand Against Racism?

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 Friday, April 28.

 Is your organization, school, or business participating in the Stand?
Download a customizable flyer and spread the word!    


YWCA Evanston/North Shore Economic Empowerment Educator Fabiola Alfonso stands with Evanston Fire Department Station #2.


Village of Skokie employees were among the 5,000+ who participated in Stand Against Racism for the first time in Skokie & Niles Township.

In 2016, 100 local organizations (over 10,000 people!) participated in the Stand. Over 20 groups from Northwestern University made an especially large impact!

         "Our school has been participating in the Stand Against Racism since 2012. This event has become a tradition with our school community, one that everyone looks forward to. Not only does it bring everyone together, but it creates rich discussions and projects around racism and diversity. The event also connects our school to the larger community and is a wonderful opportunity for our students to participate in social justice." - Becky Crawford, Baker Demonstration School





Join the Stand as an individual 

We encourage you to join where others are lining up, and engage in conversation with those gathered:

In Skokie, from 10:25 – 10:50 am:
  • On Oakton Street, from Niles Center Road west past the library
  • With the Niles West students on Oakton, west of Gross Point
  • With the Niles North students, on Lawlor between Golf and Old Orchard
  • On the northwest corner of Church and Gross Point, with folks from the Skokie Park District
In Evanston, from 11:30 – 11:55 am:

On Ridge Avenue

  • Ingleside to Central Street (in front of hospital)
  • Civic Center
  • From YWCA at Church Street, south to Dempster
  • Greenleaf south to Madison
  • Oakton south to Hull Terrace

On Church Street

  • In front of library, at Orrington Street
  • East and west of Dodge, on south side of street

On Green Bay Road

  • From Lincoln to McCormick

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?

Join the Stand as an organization, school, or business 

Register at www.standagainstracism.org  for your group to participate in our public Stand Against Racism. Download a flyer here to encourage people in your group to join you for the Stand. 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!

Skokie participating organizations: 

D219 Niles North High School
D219 Niles West High School
Pahan Househol
7900 Block of Tripp
Skokie Human Relations Commission
Skokie Park District
Skokie Police Department
Skokie Public Library
Skokie School District 69
          Thomas A. Edison School
Skokie School District 73 ½
          McCracken School
          Meyer School
          Middleton School
Village of Skokie

Evanston participating organizations:

Baker Demonstration School
Beth Emet Synagogue
Chicago Benedictines for Peace
Child Care Center of Evanston
City of Evanston
Evanston Community Foundation
Evanston Police Depart
Evanston Public Library
Evanston/Skokie District 65
          Dawes Elementary
          Dewey Elementary
          Kingsley Elementary
          Lincoln Elementary
          Oakton Elementary
          Walker Elementary
          Washington Elementary
Evanston Township High School
First Congregational Church of Evanston, UCC
Interfaith Action of Evanston
James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
NorthShore University Health Systems, Evanston Hospital
Northwestern University
          Alumni Relations and Development
          Office of Human Resources
          Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion
          Women’s Center
Roycemore Academy
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Peace & Justice Committee
Unitarian Church of Evanston
Vineyard Christian Church of Evanston
YWCA Evanston/North Shore

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.


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