Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.

Stand Against Racism 2018: Courage Under Fire

The 2018 Stand Against Racism featured the Regional Coalition Against Hate. Representatives from coalition member agencies shared stories and their experiences with having Courage Under Fire. Community members had the opportunity to learn more about the coalition, including how to get involved.

Stand Against Racism 2017: Women of Color Leading Change

The 2017 event on April 27, 2017 featured spoken work poet Kendall Young, the (CA) ^2Dance Crew and addresses from local community leaders including United Way’s Stephanie Byred, Ashleee Consulting’s Aerierl Ashlee, UC Law’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice’s Emily Houh, Santa Maria Community Service’s Luz Elena Schemmel, and Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco

Stand Against Racism 2016: On A Mission for Girls of Color

The 2016 theme was On A Mission for Girls of Color! to amplify the national discussion about the impacts of institutional and structural racism on the lives of girls of color.
The YWCA Cincinnati Stand Against Racism included a week-long social media campaign culminating in a May 2, 2016 event on Fountain Square featuring featuring the following speakers: Shakila Ahmad,  Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati; Dr. Michael Battle,  National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; David Singleton, Ohio Justice & Policy Center; Karla Boldery, Lulac Cincinnatii; Chara Jackson, Greater Cincinnati Urban League; Dr. Ericka King-Betts, The Cincinnati Human Relations Commission; and Yvette Simpson | President Pro Tem Cincinnati City Council. Mayor John Cranley proclaimed May 2, 2016 as Stand Against Racism Day.

Listen: WVXU “Cincinnati Edition”, April 25, 2016 featuring Barbara Perez & Shakila Ahmad