Racial Justice Advocacy & Resources
YWCAs of North Carolina
North Carolina is one of three states chosen to pilot the YWCA Statewide Advocacy Initiative. The YWCAs of North Carolina includes leaders from our sister YW Associations - YWCA Asheville, YWCA Central Carolinas (Charlotte), YWCA Greensboro, YWCA High Point, YWCA Lower Cape Fear (Wilmington) and YWCA Winston Salem. We aim to become a unified voice in identifying, addressing and advocating for the communities we serve across the state.
At the core of our mission – eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all – YWCA believes that no one should suffer from the negative impacts of institutional and structural racism.
The YWCAs of North Carolina will focus our collective efforts on the unjust treatment and criminalization of people of color in our communities. We believe that when community members come together, we can come up with solutions that benefit everyone and create safer communities for all. The YWCAs of North Carolina 2018 Advocacy Agenda was adopted after seeking input from over 500 community members and partners.
Racial Justice Coalition
The YWCA of Asheville is a proud member of the Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) in Asheville, which includes fourteen organizations working to become a national model for best practices and improved police-community relations.
One of the most influential initiatives the RJC has spearheaded is the revision of Asheville Police Department’s use of force policy. A community working group convened with police department to revise the policy, which emphasizes de-escalation and accountability - holding officers to a higher standard than the North Carolina statute. The Asheville Police Chief has committed to train all officers to the new policy standards. Additional training on crisis interventions, body-worn cameras, implicit bias and use of tasers will be completed by the end of 2017. We are hopeful these measures will reduce incidents of violence - specifically within our black and brown communities who are disproportionately impacted.
The Racial Justice Coalition includes representatives of organizations in Asheville and Buncombe County dedicated to racial justice. The RJC comes together in commitment to racial equity and to advocate for the rights of people of color. The RJC includes: ACLU of WNC, ABIPA, Asheville-Buncombe Branch of the NAACP, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Building Bridges of Asheville, Carolina Jews for Justice/West, Center for Diversity Education at UNC-Asheville, Christians for a United Community, Democracy North Carolina, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, Elders Fierce for Justice, Mountain People's Assembly, and YWCA of Asheville and WNC.
Racial Equity Tools: racialequitytools.org
Campaign Against Racial Profiling: aclu.org/racial-
Tim Wise, Anti-racist Educator: timwise.org
Black Youth Project: blackyouthproject.com
Civil Rights: civilrights.org
Understanding Race: understandingrace.org/history/
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