YWCA La Crosse

Stand Against Racism

About Stand Against Racism

ImageCummins, Inc. in Lakewood, New York where over 5,700 took a Stand!

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.

Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism quickly grew to a national presence by 2010, when an additional 80 YWCAs across the nation took a Stand. Over 2,000 organizations across 39 states joined in the Stand Against Racism. This phenomenal success attracted well over 250,000 participants and earned the endorsement of five U.S. Governors. The event has been widely featured by local ABC, NBC, CBS, and other networks.

YWCA La Crosse joined the Stand Against Racism in 2012. More than 100 people attended the event at the YWCA Child Center to sign a pledge and stood together against racism on the Western Technical College campus.

Ready To Stand

ImageThe United Way of Mercer County, NJ hosted their Stand
at a local shopping mall inviting patrons to sign the
Pledge Against Racism printed on a poster board.

Anyone can participate in Stand Against Racism. Your Stand can be any size, take place anywhere and even be a private event.

Unless you indicate that your Stand is a private event, it will be promoted on our interactive map. Register today on www.StandAgainstRacism.org as a YWCA or a community site. We ask that community sites (non-YWCA participants) make a suggested $15 donation at registration. If there is a participating YWCA in your area, we encourage you to connect with them to better coordinate your efforts.

ImageJefferson Middle School students in a YWCA of
Jamestown, NY take a Stand Against Racism in their
after-school program.
Upon registration, you will receive a toolkit of downloadable and customizable materials, including: templates, promotional materials, social media and press kits, and special resources to support advocacy. Stand Against Racism merchandise is available for purchase as well!

We want to support your Stand on social media, the YWCA Blog, and YWCA.org, so please send us any photos or information about your event. If you have questions or comments about your Stand Against Racism, contact standagainstracism@ywca.org. To learn more about local efforts contact info@ywcalax.org.