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  

Local Stand Events:

AB Tech Community College
340 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
Thursday March 26th 1-4:30pm
A-B Tech Community College and the YWCA of Asheville are partnering to bring a community-wide Stand Against Racism event to the college from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 26 in Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Jacquelyn Hallum, ‎Director of Health Careers and Diversity Education at the Mountain Area Health Education Center, will be the keynote speaker. The event is a part of the national YWCA Stand Against Racism campaign, which is designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism.


Pack's Tavern
20 S Spruce Street
Asheville, NC 28801
April 7th, 2015: 11am to 11pm
We will donate 10% of sales for that day to the YWCA and distribute Stand Against Racism Buttons to customers.
http://packstavern.com/

 

Mountain Area Health Education Center Inc, (MAHEC)
121 Hendersonville Road
Asheville, NC 28803
Wednesday, April 8, 2015: 11:30 am to 12 pm
MAHEC's Health Equity Team, will be hosting an event as part of their Lunch-n-Learn Cultural Awareness Series in conjunction with the Stand Against Racism on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 12 pm - 1:30 pm, at the MAHEC Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus Education Building. This event is FREE! Pre-registration is required.
The topic of the event will be Micro-Aggressions: How to Identify and Correct. The objectives of the event will be to define the concept of micro-aggressions, identify forms of micro-aggressions, and utilize strategies to decrease micro-aggressions.
Lisa Eby, MS, MSW, SPHR, Director of Human Resources and Communication Buncombe County Health Human Services, and Michele Ashley, Transformation will be the speakers.
We will handout Stand Against Racism buttons at this event.
To register, please visit our website: www.mahec.net

 

YWCA of Asheville
185 S. French Broad
Asheville, NC 28801
Tuesday, April 14, 2015: 12 pm to 3 pm
The YWCA of Asheville, in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), OnTrack and Just Economics, will host an event to recognize Equal Pay Day on April 14th, 12 - 3 pm in the YWCA Multipurpose Room.
The Equal Pay Day event, $tart $mart workshop will provide you with benchmarks for salary and benefits in your field, tools for how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, and knowledge and skills to successfully negotiate your salary! This workshop is geared for women who are under-compensated, unemployed, under-employed and have a GED/HS Diploma with some experience all the way to a Bachelor's Degree.
Lunch will be provided and limited child care is available upon request. This is a totally FREE workshop, but registration is required.
http://www.ywcaofasheville.org

 

Self-Help Credit Union
34 Wall Street
Third Floor Conference Room
Asheville, NC 28801
Thursday, April 16th: 11:45am to 1pm
Showing power point "North Carolina's Minority Credit Union Movement", followed by discussion. Bring brown bag lunch. Cookies and tea provided. http://www.self-help.org

 

WNC Adoption Resources
Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville
Asheville, NC 28801
Saturday, April 18, 2015: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Looking Deeper: Identity, Race, & Family
WNC Adoption Resources is thrilled to welcome filmmaker and Korean adoptee, Barb Lee - who grew up in WNC - to Asheville, for a day-long workshop based on her films 'Adopted' and 'Adopted: We Can Do Better.' We'll explore parenting a transracial family, fostering positive identity formation, clarifying parental intentions, and navigating the politics of adoption. For more info and registration: www.wncadoptionresources.org.  To learn more about Barb Lee and the films: www.adoptedthemovie.com and www.pointmade.com

 

Mountain Area Health Education Center Inc, (MAHEC)
121 Hendersonville Road
Education Bldg - Blue Ridge Room
Asheville, NC 28803
Tuesday, April 21, 2015: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Join MAHEC for an evening supporting Stand Against Racism. This event, Reflections of Building a Diverse Workforce, will include speakers from MAHEC who will share their strategies for growing a multi-cultural employee base. Agenda highlights include:
- Testimonials from employees who contribute to diversity in the workplace
- Frank Castelblanco, Division Director for MAHEC Regional Services / Chair, WNC DEC
- Jacquelyn Hallum, Director, Health Careers and Diversity Education, MAHEC
- Carol Steen, Director, Human Resources
- Sarah Thach, Associate Director, Center for Healthy Aging


This event is open to the public and attendance is strongly encouraged. Doors open at 5:00 PM for socializing and gathering. Program will begin at 5:45 PM. Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.
The event will take place in the Blue Ridge Room in the MAHEC Education Building. Parking is available in the main visitor parking lot in front of the Education Building. For questions, contact Carol Steen at carol.steen@mahec.net.
Please RSVP online by Friday, April 17, 2015 at: http://tinyurl.com/MAHECSAR2015

Buncombe County Government
Hughes Building
Asheville , NC 28801
April 22, 2015: Noon to 1pm

The topic of the event will be Micro-Aggressions: How to Identify and Correct. The objectives of the event will be to define the concept of micro-aggressions, identify forms of micro-aggressions, and utilize strategies to decrease micro-aggressions.
Lisa Eby, MS, MSW, SPHR, Director of Human Resources and Communication Buncombe County Health Human Services, and Michele Ashley, Transformation will be the speakers.
http://buncombecounty.org

 
The Hop Ice Cream Cafe
640 Merrimon Ave Ste 103
Asheville, NC 28804
Thursday, April 23, 2015: 11am to 10pm
We will donate 10% of sales at both The Hop Ice Cream and The Hop West to the YWCA of Asheville on Thursday 4/23/15.

The Hop West
721 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
Thursday, April 23, 2015: 12pm to 11pm
We will donate 10% of sales at both The Hop Ice Cream and The Hop West to the YWCA of Asheville on Thursday 4/23/15.

 

Mountain Housing Opportunities
64 Clingman Avenue
Suite 101
Asheville, NC 28801
Thursday, April 23, 2015: 8:30 to 5:00
Mountain Housing Opportunities will hang a banner on the corner of Clingman and Hilliard Avenue. The banner will read: "We build community. We stand against racism." We'll keep the banner up for a week.
http://www.mtnhousing.org

 

Grateful Publishing House and Bookshop
159 S Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Thursday, April 23, 2015: 10 to 6
Friday, April 24, 2015: 10 to 6
Saturday, April 25, 2015: 10 to 6
Sunday, April 26, 2015: 10 to 6
We will have a prominent display in the store of the new children's book Zak and Niki: A first look at rising above racism, by author Cynthia Yancey and illustrator Twila Jefferson. We will sell the book at a discount with tax paid by our publishing company. The cost with tax included is $12 (a $4 savings) in honor of Stand Against Racism.
http://www.gratefulsteps.org/

 

Charlotte Street Computers
252 Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801
Thursday, April 23, 2015: 9am to 6pm
Friday, April 24, 2015: 9am to 6pm
Saturday, April 25, 2015: 9am to 6pm
Sunday, April 26, 2015: 9am to 6pm

 

Hip Replacements Clothing
72 North Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
Thursday, April 23, 2015: 11am to 7pm
Friday, April 24, 2015: 11am to 7pm
Saturday, April 25, 2015: 11am to 7pm
Sunday, April 26, 2015: 11am to 7pm

 

Asheville JCC
236 Charlotte Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Friday, April 24, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am
The Asheville JCC is having their stand against racism in partnership with Jewish communities throughout WNC. Their stand will feature music, arts, and a brief presentation.
http://www.jcc-asheville.org/

 

About My Father's Business NOL/New Mercies
101 Carver Avenue
Black Mountain, NC 28711
April 24 2015: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Speaker to be announced. Group Discussion, face paint art for children, balloons, healthy snacks 

 

Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community
Wesley Grant Center
285 Livingston Street
Asheville, NC 28805
Friday, April 24, 2015: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Asheville Writers in the Schools will be taking a Stand Against Racism in conjunction with our annual youth spoken word poetry competition, Asheville Wordslam. During the middle school competitions, we'll have a poetry performance. Asheville Wordslam is regional spoken word team competition for middle school age participants. Participants can be from schools or organized through community programs. The event is free and open to the public. http://ashevillewritersintheschools.org

 

Buncombe County Early College
Jam Against Racism
A-B Tech: Ferguson Auditorium
Friday, April 24
11:45 - 12:30 pm

Buncombe County Early College Student Government is sponsoring a "Jam Against Racism." in Ferguson Auditorium on the campus of AB-Tech Community College. Participants may sign up as a solo act or as a band to Jam Against Racism. Students are also going to read poetry, give a speech, or any other performance art that takes a stand against Racism. Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats are scheduled to perform along with singer "Lyric."
Public participation is invited. Performers must sign up by contacting: tim.arnold@bcsemail.org The theme of the Jam is "Eliminating Racism by Celebrating Diversity."

Early College will also be celebrating our diversity with our annual "Diversity Lunch." Students will prepare dishes that represent their background or ethnic culture and share it with the school. A buffet line will be set up with 40 to 50 dishes from around the world. This event is not open to the public. The Jam Against Racism is open to the public and we encourage public participation.

Erwin Middle School
20 Erwin Hills Road
Asheville, NC 28806
Friday, April 24, 2015: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

Jubilee! Community
46 Wall Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Friday, April 24, 2015: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
http://jubileecommunity.org

 

Mountain BizWorks
153 S. Lexington Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801
Friday, April 24, 2015: 9 to 5
http://mountainbizworks.org

 

Social Justice Team of Jubilee Community
46 Wall Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Friday, April 24, 2015: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 25, 2015: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Event will be held at All Souls Episcopal Church, Asheville
http://www.jubileecommunity.org

 

French Broad Food Co-op
90 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Saturday, April 25, 2015: 11 to 5
http://www.frenchbroadfood.coop

 

Spellbound Children's Bookshop
50 North Merrimon Avenue #107
Shops at Reynolds Village
Asheville, NC 28787
Saturday, April 25, 2015: 11:00 to 11:30


In conjunction with the YWCA Stand Against Racism, Spellbound Children's Bookshop will create an in-store display of books featuring characters of diverse races and ethnicities. On April 25th at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning story time (for ages 3-7 years) will focus on diversity and there will be giveaways of Stand Against Racism buttons and stickers.
http://www.spellboundbookshop.com

Sunny Point Café
626 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806
Saturday, April 25, 2015: 8:00 am to 9:30 pm

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Swannanoa Valley
500 Montreat Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Sunday, April 26, 2015: 11:00 a.m. to 12.00 noon
We will precede the Sunday service with two Dialogues on Race, held in the weeks leading up to the Stand Against Racism.

 

YWCA of Asheville
10th Annual Black and White Gala
Crest Center Plaza & Pavilion
May 7th, 2015 7-10:30pm

 

Color of Asheville
My website colorofasheville.net provides an online space to share a directory of black-owned businesses, events hosted by community groups that serve Asheville's African American community, and WNC's African American history.
http://www.colorofasheville.net/


Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Date and Time TBD
31 College Place
Building B, Suite 221
Asheville, NC 28801
http://www.litcouncil.com

 

Western Chapter of the ACLU-NC
Details TBD


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