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Take a Stand Against Racism

YWCA stands for the right of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect.
We believe that the key to bringing
real change is to engage individuals and whole communities in a conversation about the issues. Only then can we open our hearts and minds to new perspectives and the richness of diversity. And only then can
we open doors to one’s economic advancement.

The YWCA of O’ahu and YWCAs nationwide are calling on the community to take
a Stand Against Racism on April 27, 2012.

The Stand Against Racism movement is becoming a large and powerful demonstration across our country to raise awareness that racism still exists. More than 2,000 organizations nationwide have partnered with the YWCA as participating sites in
order to unite communities in delivering a clear message that racism can no longer be ignored or tolerated.

“Many people feel that because we have a broad mix of cultures, racism in Hawaii does not exist. But in reality, cultural diversity and racism are completely different. Racism is the belief that one race is superior to others. And unfortunately, that belief does exist even in the midst of diversity in Hawaii today,” says Kimberly Miyazawa Frank, the chief executive officer of YWCA of Oahu.

On, April 27, YWCA of O’ahu is asking people to update their FB status to “I Stand Against Racism” to raise awareness about racism. From April 16-May 11, you can also email examples of your experiences with racism in our islands, to advocacy@ywcaoahu.org. We will then curate these examples as testimony of how racism still exists, and united intolerance against racism and discrimination.  
On May 1st, the YWCA invites its friends to the screening of Vincent Who? The film explores the racially-motivated murder of Vincent Chin in 1980’s Detroit. More information on the film is available here.

“Our mission is to empower women and eliminate racism. While it may not be
obvious at first glance, there is a strong link between the two. When a woman is discriminated against because of her race, doors close for her, and she is less
able to find opportunities to develop her socio-economic standing, “ says Carmille Lim, Development and Advocacy Manager of YWCA.


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