Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA, designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and raise awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism. YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. Take a stand against racism with YWCA Berkeley/Oakland and hundreds of thousands of people across the country and join us this week, April 24th-27th, 2018, during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism – and every day.
This year’s events include:
World YWCA Day Round-the-World Breakfast (Tuesday, April 24th 10am-11am)
A Day of Civic Engagement (Wednesday, April 25th 11am-2pm)
Free Breakfast for All (Friday, April 27th 10am-11am)
- Join us at the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland! Learn how you can take a stand, make a stand with our interactive displays, and join our campaign!
- Post photos and updates on social media #standagainstracism @ywcaberkeleyoakland
STAND AGAINST RACISM PLEDGE
Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope
I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society
I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;
I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis
I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.
*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.