Racial Justice Advocacy & Resources

ADVOCACY 

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. 

 

RESOURCES 

Websites

Racial Equity Tools: racialequitytools.org
Campaign Against Racial Profiling: aclu.org/racial-justice/racial-profiling
Tim Wise, Anti-racist Educator: timwise.org
Colorlines: colorlines.org
Black Youth Project: blackyouthproject.com
Civil Rights: civilrights.org

 

Articles

Books
Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America by Tanner Colby
Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relations Through Friendships ( includes a DVD)
It's the Little Things: Everyday Actions that Annoy, Anger and Divide the Races by Lena Williams
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander