• Advocacy


At YWCA, we are dedicated to supporting social change in Charlotte. Our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, and freedom for all is intertwined in every aspect of what we do. Join us at an upcoming event and be a part of this important conversation.

We are focused on the following priorities in Charlotte:


  1. Economic Mobility
    • We will seek to engage with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, a 21-person group created by Mecklenburg commissioners to respond to the study’s findings.
    • We will support efforts to raise the minimum wage and provide basic workplace standards like paid sick days and fair scheduling practices for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.
    • We will encourage our elected leaders to support major drivers of economic mobility: racially and economically integrated neighborhoods, high quality of schools, increased social capital and strong family structure.
    • We will support initiatives and programs to better equip teachers in Title I schools and bridge the gap between low-income and middle class students.
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  2. Affordable Housing
    • We will support the use of public subsidies and incentives to encourage development of affordable housing.
    • We will help to raise community-wide awareness of the need for more affordable housing in Charlotte.
    • We will be mindful of the need for digital inclusion in neighborhoods that lack access to high-speed Internet.
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  3. Eliminate Racial Profiling
    • We will support legislation to ban the practice of racial profiling and improve racial justice at the federal, state, and local levels.
    • YWCA will continue to serve as a venue for discussions between police and community members.
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