Stand Against Racism


2018 Stand Against Racism: Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future.

This year's campaign focuses on supporting full access and engagement for women and girls of color in the political process. Voting rights and civic engagement are, and have always been, core components of our racial justice work. This year's theme certainly comes at a pivotal time as civil rights continue to be attacked and eroded for communities of color.


Public Stand Events:

Tuesday, April 10, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: UNC Asheville Grotto in the Highsmith Student Union
UNCA hosts a film Screening of “Notes from the Field” by Anna Deveare Smith about how the "school-to-prison pipeline" is experienced by real people. A discussion will follow the film.


Tuesday, April 10, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location: Pack's Tavern
Join us for our annual YWCA of Asheville benefit day at Pack's Tavern. The restaurant is donating 10% of sales to the YW all day.


Thursday, April 12, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: A-B Tech Ferguson Auditorium
A-B Tech invites you to engage with a panel with activists and leaders from local organizations as they discuss youth empowerment successes and challenges in the community.


Thursday, April 12, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Hill Street Baptist Church
Be an informed voter. The Racial Justice Coalition hosts a Buncombe County Sheriff Candidate Forum. All candidates have been invited. Childcare and Spanish interpretation will be provided. 



Thursday, April 26, 7:30 am - 9:30 am & 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Loacation: YWCA of Asheville Lobby
Come by to learn about the racial justice efforts of YWCA Asheville that include: Racial Justice Workshops, local efforts with the Racial Justice Coalition (focusing on criminal justice reform), our Statewide Advocacy Initiative with our sister North Carolina YW Associations. Sign the Stand Against Racism Pledge to let it be known your commitment to racial justice. We will also be giving away Stand Against Racism buttons, stickers, and t-shirts!



Thursday, April 26, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Grateful Steps Publishing
A discussion with Ron Eddings, a Grateful Steps author and co-author of the screenplay “From My Eyes: The Ron Eddings Story about the racism he and his friends and family suffered while growing up in Asheville, the downward spiral his life subsequently took, and his triumph of recovery through faith.


Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Location: Grail Moviehouse
Film Screening of "The Blood is at the Doorstep" and a Talk-Back to follow with by facilitators from Building Bridges of Asheville. Tickets at the box office or online at


Thursday, April 26, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Friday, April 27, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location: Mission Health
We will have campaign tables set up in the lobbies of the Memorial & St. Joseph's Campuses and give our staff and visitors the opportunity to take the pledge in alignment with our Equity of Care Pledge with the AHA and Institute for Diversity.


Friday, April 27, All Day
Location: The Hop and The Hop West
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe and the Hop West are donating 10% of sales this day to the YWCA as part of Stand Against Racism.


Friday, April 27, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: Express Employment Professionals of Asheville
Enjoy refreshments and snack with friends and family at the Express Employment Professionals office and sign the Stand Against Racism Pledge.


Friday, April 27, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: YWCA of Asheville Multipurpose Room
An interactive all-ages presentation by Charles Waters, poet and co-author of the children's book "Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship" hosted by Spellbound Children’s Bookshop.


Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, All Day
Location: Sunny Point Cafe
Sign the pledge to Stand Against Racism all weekend-long at Sunny Point.


Tuesday, May 1, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Arthur R. Edington Education & Career Center
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Southside Kitchen, libations from local companies, connect with member organizations from WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition, experience storytelling as an anti-racism response, and sign the Stand Against Racism Pledge.


Thank you to all of our 2018 Stand Against Racism sites! 

A-B Tech • Asheville Chamber of Commerce • Carolina Day School • Building Bridges of Asheville  Charlotte Street Computers • Community Foundation of WNC • Enka Middle School • Evergreen Charter School • Express Employment Professionals • Grateful Steps • Guardian ad Litem - 28th Judicial District • The Hop Ice Cream Café & The Hop West • Implicit Racism Book Group • Isaac Dickson Elementary • Law Office of David Gantt • Mission Health • MLK Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County • Mountain Housing Opportunities • Mountain True • Pack’s Tavern • The Racial Justice Coalition • Spellbound Children’s Bookshop • Sunny Point Café • UNC-Asheville Center for Diversity Education & NC Center for Health & Wellness • WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition • WNCAP • 



The YWCA's Stand Against Racism, in partnership with YWCA Associations nationwide, aims to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. This campaign is one part of our larger strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. 

For more information about Stand Against Racism, contact Gerry Leonard, Racial Justice & Outreach Specialist at or by calling 828-254-7206 x 219. 



2018 Stand Against Racism: Nuestro Poder, Nuestra Misión, Nuestro Futuro.

La campaña de este año está enfocado en la participación y el accesso completo de mujeres, sin distinción de raza y color, en el proceso político.

Los derechos de voto y el compromiso cívico son, y siempre han sido, componentes centrales de nuestro trabajo de justicia racial, y el tema de este año llega en un momento crucial en el que los derechos civiles continúan siendo atacados y erosionados para las comunidades de bajo recursos.

Para más información, visita la página de web aquí, o contacta a Gerry Leonard, Racial Justice & Outreach Coordinator a


Stand Against Racism es un programa asociado con el YWCA en todo el país para construir una comunidad entre todos los que trabajan para justicia racial y para crear conciencia de los impactos negativos del racismo institucional y estructural. Esta campaña es parte de nuestra estrategia nacional para cumplir nuestra misión de eliminar el racismo.



We invite you and your organization to participate in the Stand Against Racism

Here are some ways your Stand Against Racism event can take shape:

  • Talk within your group: Have dialogue about race based on inspirational quotes, a common reading or a video which brings out these issues. You could also research ways your organization does or does not serve African American and Latinx communities and discuss it with your colleagues. Look for ways to better serve.

  • Day of Support: A day of support can be as simple as having employees at a business or students at a school wear "Stand Against Racism" t-shirts or buttons. Put up Stand Against Racism posters or create a sign in front of your building that says, "We stand against racism with the YWCA."

  • Educational Events: Host a film screening, panel discussion or local speaker.
    Rally: Host an inspirational rally to raise public awareness, put pressure on local decision makers or take local action.

  • Service Project: Partner with another local organization or business to reach out and give back to the community. Service projects are an excellent way to start conversations, bring people together from different parts of the community and gain perspective around racial issues in Asheville.

  • Social Media Action: Encourage people to tweet or post on Facebook about how they plan to combat racism in the community. Participate in the #standagainstracism photo petition by sending in photos of you and others wearing a Stand Against Racism t-shirt.

Register online at


Thank you to all of our 2017 Stand Sites:

A-B Tech • AC Reynolds High School • Asheville JCC • Asheville Chamber • Bari Salon • Black Mountain Book Club • The BLOCK off Biltmore • Buncombe County Early College • Buncombe County Health and Human Services and Family Justice Center  • Building Bridges of Asheville • Carolina Day School • Carolina Jews for Justice • Claxton Elementary • Community Foundation of WNC • Dancing Bear Toys • Democracy NC • Educators for Equity • Enka Intermediate and Enka Middle Schools • Ethical Society of Asheville • Evergreen Charter School • Francine Delany New School for Children • Grateful Steps • Guardian ad Litem - 28th Judicial District • Isaac Dickson Elementary • Key Center for Community Engaged Learning • Land of Sky United Church of Christ • Literacy Council of Buncombe County • Mission Health • Mountain Housing Opportunities • Mountain True • OLLI at UNCA • PositivEnergyWorks • Pour Taproom • Self-Help Credit Union • Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care • Story Medicine Asheville • Sunny Point Café • Center for Craft, Creativity and Design • The Hop Ice Cream Café • Law Office of David Gantt • MLK Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County and The Residents Council of Asheville Housing Authority • Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship • Unitarian Universalist Swannanoa • UNC Asheville • Warren Wilson College • WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition • YWCA of Asheville