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.

This year, almost 50 local organizations (over 2,000 people!) participated in the Stand. (see photos on our Facebook page)

Thanks to all who participated in the 2014 Stand Against Racism!  In addition to many families and individuals who stood along Church Street or Ridge Avenue, there were groups from:

Baker Demonstration School
Benedictines for Peace
Chiaravalle Montessori School
Child Care Center of Evanston
City of Evanston
Chute Middle School
The Cradle
Dewey Elementary School
Evanston Community Foundation
Evanston Public Library
Evanston Township High School
Family Focus
First Bank and Trust
Flying Fish Swim Team
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
Interfaith Action of Evanston
Larry Suffredin. Cook County Commissioner, 13th District
Law Offices of Lakshmi Lakshmanan
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
North Shore University Health System Evanston Hospital
Northwestern University Office of Equal Opportunity Access
Oakton Elementary School
Open Communities
Pope John XXIII School
Presence Health: St. Francis Hospital
Racial Justice Committee of YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Roycemore School
Second Baptist Church
Sisters of the Living Word
Solidarity Bridge
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Parish
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
St. Nicholas Peace & Justice Committee
St. Paul's Lutheran Church
Unitarian Church of Evanston
United Way North-Northwest
U.S. Forestry Department
Washington School
Youth Job Center

The event may be over but we can all continue to stand against racism! 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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