YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Stand Against Racism


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 eliminate racism by raising awareness through its annual event. Individuals and groups joined us for our public stand all along Ridge Avenue and on Church Street from Ridge west to McCormick.

On April 25th, 2014, almost 50 local organizations (over 2,000 people!) participated in the Stand. (see photos on our Facebook page)

Our next Stand Against Racism will take place on April 24th, 2015,  but why wait? Possible ways you might “stand against racism” include:

  • Host a film discussion for your employees, neighbors or family, using one of these 10-25 minute “TED talks”
    • Bryan Stevenson: Race & Justice in America (Our criminal justice system)
    • Nina Jablonski: Breaking the Illusion of Skin Color
    • Tan Le: My Immigration Story
    • Nate Silver: Does Racism Affect How you Vote?
    • Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story
    • Majora Carter: Greening the Ghetto (Environmental Justice
  • Invite a group whose membership is racially/culturally different than your group’s to share dessert and a discussion.
  • Invite a speaker from the YWCA Evanston/North Shore to speak at an event at your office or house of worship.

For more details about the Evanston Stand Against Racism, contact Emma Garl Smith, Racial Justice Associate at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore at egarlsmith@ywcae-ns.org or 847-864-8445 ext. 168.




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