Week Without Violence

What is Week Without Violence? 

October 14-19


Week Without Violence is a global movement with YWCAs across the country and the world to end violence against womxn and girls, and communities of color. We know that not all violence is acknowledged or responded to equally, and that some survivors and communities go unrecognized altogether. That’s why, for more than 20 years, YWCA has set aside one week in October as Week Without Violence. 

This year, the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland will be working to raise awareness about the ways that colonial, systemic, institutional, and all other forms of violence disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and will work to uplift and mobilize our community to support the organizing work of local organizations on the frontlines to end racial and gender-based violence and are honored to be collaborating with Mixed at Berkeley Recruitment and Retention Center, the Mauna Kea Protectors at UC Berkeley, the UC Berkeley Multicultural Community Center, the Reclaim At UC Berkeley Campaign, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.


Tag us on social media using #WWV19, #MMIW, #VAWA4ALL, and #ywcaberkeleyoakland  


*Our use of “girls” and “women” is inclusive of all cis and trans womxn, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender queer, and any female-identified folks.


2019 Schedule of Events

All week all events are FREE and open to the public!



4-5pm – Mixed Identity Through Our Eyes Workshop 

Hosted by Mixed at Berkeley Recruitment and Retention Center and YWCA Racial Justice Program. Located at YWCA Berkeley Oakland – 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704


Learn About & TAKE ACTION on the Crisis of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Womxn

Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and use the hashtag #MMIW


TUESDAY 15th October

11:30am – Film Screening of 13th 

In this powerful documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of Black communities and the U.S. Prison Boom. Click here to view the trailer.

Location: YWCA Berkeley/Oakland – 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704


12-2pm – Everyday Is Indigenous People’s Day Rally

Hosted by the UC Berkeley Mauna Kea Protectors. Located at UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza. RSVP on Facebook.


Take Action Against Gender-Based Violence – Support VAWA! 

Take action online and urge your Legislators to support the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act! Use the hashtag #WWV19 and #VAWA4ALL to tweet at your Members of Congress. 



WEDNESDAY 16th October

10am-4pm – Community Mural Project 

Stop by our community murals and add your thoughts and artistic expression to answer, “What Does A World Without Violence Look Like To You?” 




THURSDAY 17th October

11-3pm – Clothesline Project 

Create a shirt and slogan in solidarity against racial and gender-based violence and pick up a transformative justice resources booklet. Located at YWCA Berkeley/Oakland – 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704



FRIDAY 18th October

4-5:30pm – Reclaim Campaign Townhall

Come hear from movement leaders and student organizers about their fight to decolonize and rename Barrow’s Hall. Event hosted by the UC Berkeley Reclaim Campaign. Location – YWCA Berkeley/Oakland – 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley 94704

6-8pm – Oakland Asian Cultural Center Movie Nights: The Fall of the I-Hotel
Join the Oakland Asian Community Center for their free screening of The Fall of the I-Hotel.  “After the Manongs labored to build America, their San Francisco Manilatown community is wiped out by urban renewal, and 50 old-timers are forcibly evicted from the International Hotel when it is slated for demolition in 1981. The film documents destruction of the last block of Manilatown on Kearny Street. Narrated by late poet Al Robles, “The Fall of the I-Hotel” tells the story of dozens of seniors displaced by 300 cops in the dead of night, and the overall impacts of urban renewal.”
Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center – 388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607


SATURDAY 19 October

12-4:30pm – Body, Mind, Spirit: Asian Family’s Challenges and Outlook Event

What can we do about the challenges of immigration loss, culture shock and assimilation, family structure adjustment, inter-generational communication challenges, and youth mental health? Join the Oakland Asian Cultural Center with your families to listen to a speech and a panel discussion to understand the current challenges and opportunities faced by immigration families today. Interactive workshops, resource booths, and cultural activities will help parents and children/teens to better understand emotional health and how to engage in these conversations across generations. The event will be held in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. Click here for event info.

Hosted by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center

Location: Oakland Asian Cultural Center – 388 9th St, Oakland, CA 94607



*Most events are held at the YWCA at 2600 Bancroft Way in Berkeley*