Advocacy

As an organization dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, we regularly respond to injustice in our communities. We use our voice to advocate for social justice and our platform to inspire positive change.

Priorities

  • Racial Justice & Civil Rights

    • End Racial Profiling and Criminalization of People of Color
      We must eliminate policies and practices, like racial profiling, that criminalize people of color and other marginalized communities.
    • Protect and Support Immigrant Women, Children, and Families
      We must ensure that women, children, and families seeking safety and opportunity are kept together and free while their immigration claims are fully and appropriately considered.
    • Support Girls of Color Who Are Trauma Survivors
      Girls of color who have experienced trauma must have improved access to community resources for trauma survivors, including in the education and juvenile justice systems
    • Support the United Nation’s Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Goals
      We will work together with our global sisterhood of YWCAs to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere, and ensure women and girls’ full and effective leadership participation at all levels of political, economic, and public life.
  • Empowerment & Economic Advancement

    • Improve Women’s Economic Security by Expanding Access to Sick, Safe, and Family Leave
      Women should never have to choose between their job and their health or loved ones. Every worker deserves job-protected safe leave, and paid sick and family leave.
    • Remove Childcare and Housing Barriers to Women’s Workplace Participation
      Improving access to quality affordable childcare and housing helps promote successful workplace participation for women, especially women of color.
  • Health & Safety

    • Promote Federal Legislation to Support Survivors of Gender-Based Violence
      We will strengthen federal legislation that supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based violence.
    • Improve Maternal Health Outcomes for Women of Color
      We must address racial health disparities by reducing maternal mortality rates and improving maternal health outcomes for women of color.
    • Ensure Access to Quality, Affordable Health Care for Women and Girls
      The healthcare infrastructure currently provided by the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Medicare, state health insurance programs, and reproductive health service providers must remain strong and viable in order to support women and families.

Voter Engagement

We believe that change happens at the local level. We rely upon an active, informed and engaged community as we pursue our mission. Our goal is to bolster the amount of registered and informed voters in Alaska, strengthening a community that moves us toward our mission.  While partnering with YWCA USA’s nation-wide Get Out The Vote initiative, we have facilitated several voter engagement workshops and helped register many new voters in the months leading up to the 2018 Midterm elections.

Additionally, we created YWCA Alaska’s first Non-Partisan Voter Engagement Guide by asking all 2018 Midterm candidates in Alaska to reply to 6 mission-relevant questions:

  1. What are you going to do to ensure that all Alaskans have affordable and quality healthcare, including women’s reproductive rights?
  2. Some people in our community say that there is still racism to overcome. What do you think? How would you mitigate those concerns or change the situation?
  3. What are your thoughts on gun control?
  4. How do you plan to invest in the safety of our community, while reducing crime and drug use?
  5. How will you improve education in Alaska?
  6. How do you plan to build a vibrant economy in Alaska, while managing resource development during a time of global climate change?

With gratitude to the candidates who responded to our outreach, we can now provide our Non-Partisan Voter Engagement Guide with the community.

Examples of Written Advocacy: