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YWCA’s 2020 Stand Against Racism

We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and building community among those who work for racial justice.
Join us in taking a Stand on June 25 and June 26.

A Moment of Silence on Thursday

As part of our 2020 Stand Against Racism, YWCA will have a moment of silence in memory of George Floyd, on Thursday, June 25 at 11:35am.
This marks one month after George Floyd died of asphyxiation on May 25 after an officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 45 seconds at approximately 8:20pm. This moment of silence will be take place 8 hours and 45 minutes prior to his time of death.

YWCA's Stand Against Racism Forum

Although racism and racial disparities have always existed, the crisis we are facing today exposes its disproportionate negative impact on communities of color. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of the nationwide infections have affected black Americans.
Join us tomorrow, Thursday June 25, for our virtual community forum on the ways COVID-19 has impacted Charlotte’s systems. Learn how our community leaders have adapted to the pandemic to continue serving everyone throughout the Queen City. You can learn more about our panelists and moderator prior to our forum!
This will be streamed live on YWCA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page at 6:30pm!

YWCA's Stand Against Racism

On Friday, June 26 YWCA Central Carolinas staff will be on Park Road to demonstrate in a public Stand Against Racism. To ensure the safety of our staff and housing participants, our Park Road Stand is limited to our staff, but we encourage you to host a Stand in your own neighborhood. We welcome supporters to drive by our Park Road campus and honk between 11am and 1pm. You can also place anti-racism signage in the window of your vehicle and drive around with it for the day!

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Your voice, your community, your future
There are plenty of other ways to get involved in our 2020 Stand events. Virtual participation can include:
  • Holding up signs in your neighborhood that share racial and social equity statistics
  • Holding up signs in front of your organization, while social distancing, that ask passersby to honk for “racial justice,” “if they will vote,” “want equity for all,” etc.
  • Posting on social media how you or your organization will combat racism using the Stand Against Racism hashtags (#StandCLT, #StandAgainstRacism, #SAR2020)
  • Posting on social media how COVID-19 has impacted you or your organization as well as the people you serve
  • Sharing YWCA’s recommended reading and terms with friends, family and coworkers to expand knowledge and awareness on racial and social justice issues
You can see all the ways you can participate and take action on our blog. And to see all of our 2020 Stand Against Racism happenings, go to Stand Against Racism page.