YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Stand Against Racism


Print out a "selfie sign" and write how you are standing against racism. Email it to egarlsmith@ywcae-ns.org to have it posted on out Facebook and Twitter pages!

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.



Last year, 50 local organizations (over 2,000 people!) participated in the Stand.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Friday, April 24

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 or plan a program, read up on the issue; then be part of for our public stand along major streets in Evanston and Skokie/Niles Township.

Stand Against Racism 2015 Participating Sites:

In Evanston
Baker Demonstration School
Beacon Academy
Benedictines for Peace

Beta Theta Pi
Beth Emet Synagogue
Chiaravalle Montessori School
Chicago Innocence Project
Child Care Center of Evanston
Chute Middle School
City of Evanston
Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin

Curt's Cafe
Dave's Down to Earth Rock Shop
Davis Transportation LLC
Delta Chi, NU Chapter
Dewey Elementary School (D65)
Downtown Evanston
Evanston Chamber of Commerce
Evanston Community Foundation
Evanston Police Department Youth Services Restorative Justice
Evanston Police Department
Evanston Public Library
Evanston Township High School
Family Focus
Flying Fish Swim Team

First Bank & Trust of Evanston
First United Methodist Church
Good News Partners
Habitat for Humanity NU Chapter
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Interfaith Action of Evanston
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Lake Street Church of Evanston
Lilac Tree
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
Nichols Middle School
NU Alumni Relations & Development
NU Change Makers
NU Chicago Field Studies
NU Center for Student Involvement
NU Communications Residential College
NU Evans Scholars

NU Global Engagement Studies Institute
NU Library
NU Lutheran Campus Ministry

NU Mixed Race Student Coalition
NU Office of Equal Opportunity & Access
NU Office of Human Resources
NU Women's Center
NorthShore University Health System Evanston Hospital
Oakton Elementary School
One Book One Northwestern

Open Communities
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Kappa Psi
Pope John XXIII School (Thursday, April 23)
Presence St. Francis Hospital
Reba Place Church
Rotary Club of Evanston
Rotary International
Roycemore School
Sigma Chi Fraternity
Sigma Nu Fraternity
Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
St. Nicholas Church
St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Evanston
The Cradle
Unitarian Church of Evanston
Walker Elementary School
Washington Elementary School (D65)
YoFresh Yogurt Cafe
Youth Job Center

In Skokie/Niles Township
7900 Block of Tripp
Elizabeth Meyer School
First Bank & Trust of Skokie
Lincolnwood Public Library
McCracken Middle School
Middleton Elementary School
Niles Township High School D219

  • Niles Central High School
  • Niles North High School
  • Niles West High School

NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie Hospital
Oakton Community College

Skokie Chamber of Commerce
Skokie Community Fund
Skokie Human Relations Commission
Skokie Park District
Skokie Public Library
Village of Skokie
Y.O.U. Inc.

For more details about the 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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