(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)
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.
Learn more, get safe, get involved, empower yourself.