Stand Against Racism

The YWCA’s Stand Against Racism, which happens annually in April, is a partnership of YWCA Associations throughout the country with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life to raise awareness that racism still exists and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated. Our strength is in numbers!

Any group of any size can become a Participating Site of the Stand Against Racism: corporations large or small, schools (from elementary schools to universities), government agencies, non-profit or civic organizations, hospitals, houses of worship, even a group of neighbors gathered around a kitchen table. As a Participating Site of the Stand Against Racism, you can host a “Stand” at your location. Events can be either private or public, or you can choose attend and support another group's event. Participation in the Stand Against Racism is free and becoming a participating site is very simple. When you sign up, you will be provided with materials and support for your event.

Ideas for the Stand Against Racism
Participating can be as simple as hanging a poster or wearing the "racism hurts everyone" buttons that you will be provided.
Or you can host an public event, rally or day of service. No matter what shape the “stand” takes in each participating site, all activities will echo the theme: “racism is unacceptable.” These events are also an opportunity to expand local discussions around racial justice, the fact that racism still exists as a problem today and what we as individuals can do to combat it.
Things Your Organization Can do to Stand Against Racism
Ways Schools Can Stand Against Racism
Racial Justice Resources  

Participants in the 2014 Stand Against Racism included:

5 Walnut Wine Bar
A-B Tech Community College
A.C. Reynolds Middle School
Applachian Restoration & Cleaning
ArtSpace Charter School
Asheville Downtown Association
Asheville Jewish Community Center
Asheville Writers in the Schools
Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council
Biltmore Oil Co./ Eblen Short Stop stores
Blue Ridge Pride
Building Bridges
Buncombe County Early College
Buncombe County Schools: Erwin Middle School
Cane Creek Middle School International Club
Charlotte Street Computers
Cloud Cottage Community of Mindful Living
Color of Asheville
Council on Aging of Buncombe County
David Gantt Law Office
Enka Middle School
Erwin Middle School
Ethical Society of Asheville
Evergreen Community Charter School
Guardian ad Litem - District 28
Insurance Service of Asheville
Jubilee Community
Leadership Asheville
Leicester Elementary
Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Mission Health
Mountain Housing Opportunities
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville
Owen High School
Pack's Tavern
Pisgah Legal Services
Sand Hill-Venable Elementary School
Self-Help Credit Union
Silver-Line Plastics Corporation
Teens with a Purpose of AC Reynolds High School
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe
The Hop West
The Matt and Molly Team
The Mediation Center
Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley
Valley Springs Middle School
Western Chapter of the ACLU-NC
Wild Goose Festival