Stand Against Racism
Take A Stand With YWCA Central Carolinas
YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism event aims to connect, celebrate and strengthen those working in social and racial justice in and around the Charlotte community. We are on a mission to eliminate racism, and that starts by calling attention to it.
YWCA's Stand Against Racism 2022
In 2022, our Stand Against Racism campaign centered around the theme We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now!
Our association focused on two topics: living wage and reproductive justice. We did this by providing two virtual events for community members to attend and learn from. Watch this on YWCA’s YouTube Channel.
How You Can Take A Stand In 2022
Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that participated in YWCA’s Stand + Commit campaign. It’s never too late to take a Stand. You can get involved by:
- Post why you take a stand again racism using our hashtag #StandCLT
- Share YWCA’s recommended reading, terms and other resources with friends, family and coworkers to expand knowledge and awareness on racial and social justice issues.
- Support anti-racist legislation:
- End Maternal Mortality: Cosponsor the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act (S. 346/H.R. 959)
- Demand Safety, Accountability, and Justice for All: Strengthen and Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280)
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 Central Carolinas 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.