Stand Against Racism










The YWCA's Stand Against Racism is a partnership of YWCA USA 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 national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. 

We invite you and your organization to participate in the 2017 Stand Against Racism!  This year’s Stand Against Racism is scheduled for Thursday, April 27 - Sunday, April 30, but can take place throughout the month of April. This marks our 10th annual campaign and our theme is: Women of Color Leading Change.

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

In 2016, over 60 different organizations, businesses, and groups in Asheville-Buncombe participated in the YWCA Stand Against Racism, consisting of 37 public Stand events and thousands of community members in attendance! Thank you to all our 2016 Stand participants.

  • A-B Tech Community College
  • Africa Healing Exchange
  • ArtSpace Charter School
  • Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievment (ABIPA)
  • Asheville Chamber of Commerce
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation
  • Asheville Jewish Community Center
  • Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Black Mountain Stand Against Racism
  • Building Bridges of Asheville
  • Buncombe County Early College
  • Buncombe County Health and Human Services
  • Buncombe County Reentry Council
  • Carolina Jews for Justice/west
  • Center for Diversity Education at UNC-Asheville
  • Charlotte Street Computers
  • Christians for a United Community
  • City of Asheville
  • Clyde A. Erwin Middle School
  • Council On Aging of Buncombe County
  • David Gantt Law Office
  • Democracy NC
  • Dogwood Alliance
  • Enka Middle School
  • Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville
  • Evergreen Community Charter School
  • Firestorm Café & Books
  • Goodwill Reentry Program
  • Grateful Steps
  • Guardian ad Litem - Buncombe County
  • Haywood Street Congregation
  • Helpmate, Inc.
  • Hood Huggers International
  • HoodTalk
  • In Real Life @ Asheville Middle School
  • Irene Wortham Center
  • Isaac Dickson Elementary
  • Jubilee! Community
  • Kenilworth Church PC (USA)
  • Mars Hill University
  • Mission Health System
  • MLK Association
  • Mountain BizWorks
  • Mountain Housing Opportunities
  • NC Department of Commerce
  • Owen High School
  • Pack's Tavern
  • Pour Taproom
  • Self-Help Credit Union
  • Sisters of Mercy Urgent Care
  • Spellbound Children's Bookshop
  • Stephens-Lee Alumni Association
  • Sunny Point Café
  • THE BLOCK off Biltmore
  • The Hop Ice Cream Café
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Western NC Community Health Services
  • Western North Carolina Chapter of the ACLU
  • WHO Knows Art
  • WNC Diversity Engagement Diversity Coalition
  • YWCA of Asheville


Register online at www.StandAgainstRacism.orgFor more information about Stand Against Racism, contact Gerry Leonard, Volunteer & Racial Justice Coordinator at or by calling 828-254-7206 x 219.