Stand Against Racism


Announcing the 2018 theme for 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.

 Save the dates for Stand Against Racism 2018: April 26 - 29

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. 



El YWCA de Asheville está emocionado para compartir con ustedes el tema del 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.

Guarda la fecha para Stand Against Racism: Abril 26 - 29, 2018

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.

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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