Stand Against Racism

Join YWCA Alaska in a week-long Stand Against Racism! Stand Against Racism is a nation-wide movement of YWCA USA that brings people together to raise awareness about racism. Our goal is to shed light on structural forms of racism and equip Alaskans with the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to eliminate racism in all its forms.

Participant by attending a featured event, engaging on social media, and/or organizing your own Stand Against Racism. You can find all YWCA Alaska’s events that are occurring from April 23rd to April 29th on Facebook. All Events are FREE and “Open to Everyone”.

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EVENTS

April 24th (flyer)
The Prison Industrial Complex in Alaska
Featuring a film screening of Ava DuVernay’s award-winning documentary about America’s prison system, followed by a panel discussion. Join us in discussing the 13TH Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for crime… shall exist within the United States.
6:30pm at the Loussac Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/190117471594658/

April 25th (flyer)
Healing Hearts Through Arts: Open Mic & Performances
All are welcome to share music, poetry, spoken word, and stories about how racism impacts our lives. With scheduled featured performers as well, this night is sure to help our community find racial healing through arts. Local organizations who work towards eliminating racism every day be here to share information and get us all connected.
7pm at Williwaw
https://www.facebook.com/events/194181771185815/

DIALOGUES

April 23rd
Evolution of Racism
We discuss the origins of prejudice, both in science and social construction, and how its evolution throughout history grew into complex systems of inequality. Come to this dialogue to learn more about how racism came to be and how it shows up today.
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/200090830579630/

Evolution of Racism (repeat)
We discuss the origins of prejudice, both in science and social construction, and how its evolution throughout history grew into complex systems of inequality. Come to this dialogue to learn more about how racism came to be and how it shows up today.
7pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/614802408866670/

April 24th
Microaggressions & Implicit Bias
This dialogue focuses on racist dynamics that are often difficult to comprehend, but the magnitude of their impact is no less than blatant racism. We’ll discuss science, studies, and stories that illustrate these harmful dynamics so that people better understand how to confront them.
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/168535933797357/

April 25th
Colorblindness & Assimilation
This dialogue focuses on the history and impact of these terms, while illustrating how these common approaches to accepting diversity inadvertently reinforce racial barriers. We’ll discuss how these mindsets came to be, why they’re so popular, and what we can do to move forward from them.
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/350750445418800/

April 26th
Structural Racism
The sum of racism is not only the harmful words people say and it’s not only how people of color were treated historically. This dialogue illustrates how racism became embedded deep in the fabric of America and persists as a system of inequitable access to safety, resources, and opportunities. Structural Racism impacts people in a multitude of ways, and they are compounding.
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/1804022672965041/

Stereotype Threat
Come learn about an often unknown impact of stereotypes, in that we are hindered merely by knowing them. After sharing a bit of Claude Steele’s groundbreaking research about this cognitive dynamic, we’ll have a deep dialogue about what it means for people to internalize stereotypes. This dynamic of racism impacts every person, from kid to adult. Let’s talk about it so we can overcome it.
7pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/1551518274946066/

April 29th
Allyship in Action
What does it take to be an “ally”? We’ll discuss allyship as a process rather than a label, as a verb rather than a noun, and as a descriptor that’s best bestowed upon someone by others. We’ll discuss dynamics that can both hinder and bolster allyship efforts in order to more effectively show up for one another.
12pm at YWCA Alaska
https://www.facebook.com/events/426212117836637/

Contact Info

Justin Zagorski, Social Justice Program Manager
907-644-9624 or jzagorski@ywcaak.org