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STand Against Racism Challenge

This year, the annual Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 28 – May 1, 2022. We invite you to join us by rallying to make change for communities of color and telling the world We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now! Take the Stand Against Racism Pledge and share ways you fight against racism!

 

Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

TAKE THE PLEDGE

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:
 

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.
 

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;
 

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis
 

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.
 

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

Thank You for taking the pledge!

How can you stand against racism? Here are a few ideas!

  • Shop at a black-owned business

  • Put a land-acknowledgement in your work email signature

  • Donate to anti-racist organizations like the YWCA

  • Vote to put people of color and allies in office

  • Research the history of race relations in your community

  • Tell your state and local legislators to support historically accurate education addressing racism

  • Say something if you hear racist rhetoric from your family, friends, or coworkers

  • Educate yourself about cultural appropriation

  • Listen to a BIPOC-hosted podcast about racism

  • Support films featuring BIPOC cast and crew

  • Contribute monetarily to advocacy work by BIPOC individuals

  • Share anti-racism posts to your social media

  • Support decarceration in your state and community

  • Eat at a BIPOC-owned restaurant

  • Speak out against racist dress codes in your workplace

Thank you for standing against racism

  • Ari W. 

  • Miranda S.

  • Candace M.