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 Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry To Discuss Racial Tensions Dividing America



The recent shootings of several black men by police has brought into focus the complex system of policies, practices, and structures that maintain the status quo of economic disenfranchisement of poor communities.  

Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry asserts that race has always been an illusion for class and economics, and that socio-economics affects more than just our ability to put food on our tables. In fact, it determines whether or not we feel free to question the status quo. 

In a presentation based on concepts developed in an online article for Building Knowledge Nation titled, It's Time to Put Down the Mochas and MoscatosDr. Jenkins-Henry poses the question, Who cares about black and brown people? She calls for a revolution in activism leading to equality and social justice –real change – not just minor adjustments to the status quo.     

Dr. Jenkins-Henry is a scholar, educator, artist, activist, and author of My Culture, My Color, My Self: Heritage, Resilience, and Community in the Lives of Young Adults. Her work focuses on the utility of contemporary, folk, and pop culture as a politic of social survival, a tool of social change, and a transformative space of non-traditional knowledge production.

For more information about upcoming speakers in the 2015 Courageous Conversations Racial Justice Speaker Series, click here.  To become a valued and highly-visible sponsor of an upcoming Courageous Conversation event, click here.

 We Vow to Keep Families & Beloved Pets Together

Pets aren't immune to domestic violence.  Abusers often threaten, injure or kill their partners' or children's pets as a means of control or revenge.  When a woman decides to flee a violent relationship, she'll be able to take her pet to our shelter.  This is our dream - we need your help to make it a reality.  Learn more here. To watch our PSA, click here

 Make a Difference - Join Our Counseling Team  


The YWCA is recruiting bilingual (Spanish) marriage and family therapy interns and associate social workers to provide counseling to individuals who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence or abuse.  Our counseling positions are unique opportunities for pre-licensed  therapists to gain excellent clinical experience while receiving paid supervision toward licensure. Learn more here.

YWCA & Monterey College of Law Offer Restraining Order Clinics

The YWCA announces that it is partnering with the Monterey College of Law to offer Restraining Order Workshops, from June 1st through July 20th, 2015 at their Salinas office, located at 236 Monterey Street. Restraining Order Workshops will be held on Mondays from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Those interested in receiving low-cost, confidential Restraining Order assistance can contact the YWCA at (831) 422-8602, or register online here.  To learn more, click here


Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry Discusses Racial Tension Dividing America

The YWCA Monterey County announces the third installment in its four-part racial justice speaker series, Courageous Conversations. Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii Manoa and author of My Culture, My Color, My Self: Heritage, Resilience and Community in the Lives of Young Adults.  Join us on Thursday, July 9th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Forum 103, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey. Learn more here!   

Put Your Passion Into Action as a Board Member!

We're recruiting board members to serve a two-year term! Board service is a great way to make an impact in our community. We strive for inclusiveness and diversity in gender, age, background, skills, and talents, but your passion for serving survivors of domestic violence is critical. Contact Cheryl McCormick, Executive Director, at or click here to learn more. 

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