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2015 Stand Against Racism!

On Friday, April 24th, YWCA Alaska staff and community partners gathered to take a stand.

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Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and their supporters- around the nation, nearly 750 locations in 44 states took a stand! In Alaska alone, over 75 businesses and organizations participated, with many more participating in social media & awareness campaigns.

In recognition of the movement, YWCA Alaska and the Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution to mark April 24th, 2015, as Stand Against Racism Day. To honor it, YWCA Alaska staff held a luncheon featuring speakers, activities, and exercises for the public. Though seemingly simple, these exercises brought to light many powerful stereotypes and how they had affected entire communities in Alaska.

By taking a stand, YWCA Alaska hopes to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. Racism may not look the same as it has in the past, and it may not look the same in every community. But the fact is, it’s there, pervasive, and destructive.

Racism exists around the world, in our nation, and in our community.  But it doesn’t have to.

YWCA Alaska thanks all of our community partners who helped us take a Stand Against Racism this year- we look forward to reaching even further in 2016!

Interested in Taking a 2016 Stand?

Your organization can become a Participating Site for free by visiting www.standagainstracism.org and clicking on “Register Your Stand”. Upon registering, you will receive a digital toolkit with information and promotional materials.

Show your support by signing up and hosting your own Stand. You can host a Stand by:

  • putting up a sign
  • sending an announcement to your mailing list, or posting on your social media
  • hosting a private event with friends or colleagues
  • hosting a public event to raise awareness about racism in Alaska today, and how we can stand together to work towards eliminating it

We need YOU to be a part of the Stand Against Racism. We need everyone.

For questions about YWCA Alaska’s Stand Against Racism event, please contact Liz Tobey at 907-644-9644 or volunteer@ywcaak.org.

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YWCA staff joins Bartlett High in our 2014 Stand as ETS members invite students to take a stand and express their thoughts on puzzle pieces. When completed, the puzzle was displayed in a glass case in a public area to remind others about the racism that still exists in Alaska today.