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

YWCA’s Stand Against Racism 2022 campaign was supported by

This virtual workshop was led by Vicki Meath from Just Economics of Western North Carolina. Learn more about this workshop and our moderator by reading our blog. 

This virtual discussion focused on the impact and importance of doulas and midwives, particularly for marginalized communities throughout history. Learn about our expert panel here.

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: 

Want to get connected? Contact YWCA’s Community Engagement Manager, Jamila Green at jgreen@ywcacentralcarolinas.org.
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YWCA's staff on April 22, 2022 taking a Stand.

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.

YWCA Stand Against Racism