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Take a Stand Against Racism in your community

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.

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.

2018 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.

Thank you to all of our 2018 Stand Against Racism sites!

A-B Tech • Asheville Chamber of Commerce • Carolina Day School • Building Bridges of Asheville • Charlotte Street Computers • Community Foundation of WNC • Enka Middle School • Evergreen Charter School • Express Employment Professionals • Grateful Steps • Guardian ad Litem – 28th Judicial District • The Hop Ice Cream Café & The Hop West • Implicit Racism Book Group • Isaac Dickson Elementary • Law Office of David Gantt • Mission Health • MLK Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County • Mountain Housing Opportunities • Mountain True • Pack’s Tavern • The Racial Justice Coalition • Spellbound Children’s Bookshop • Sunny Point Café • UNC-Asheville Center for Diversity Education & NC Center for Health & Wellness • WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition • WNCAP • YWCA of Asheville

Join Us Next Year!

We invite you and your organization, business, school or group to participate in the Stand Against Racism, April 2019. Here are some ways your Stand Against Racism event can take shape:

  • Talk within your group: Have a 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, Contact:
Gerry Leonard, Racial Justice & Outreach Specialist
828-254-7206 x 219

Para más información, contacta a Gerry Leonard, Racial Justice & Outreach Coordinator a