Stand Against Racism

April 22-28, 2019

Take your next step today.

Take the Pledge!

Stand Against Racism is a national opportunity for communities across the United States to advance racial justice.

This year, YWCA USA invites communities to host activities and hold dialogue around the topic of immigration. We know that immigrant justice is integral to racial justice. All immigrants—regardless of status—deserve to be safe, healthy, and treated with dignity and respect. Today, immigrant rights are under attack. As with other manifestations of racism, anti-immigrant attitudes, policies, and laws are both historically rooted and increasingly visible and harmful in our current environment. Threats to economic stability, physical safety, and basic human dignity are particularly acute for women, girls, and immigrants of color.

This action campaign is lifting up concrete steps that we can all take—no matter where we live—so that immigrant women and families seeking safety and opportunity in the U.S. can arrive and live without fear, harm, or discrimination. Join us!

Monday: solidarity, not saviors

Live stream or in person at YWCA Berkeley/Oakland, 2600 Bancroft Way: 3:00-5:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Are you a new ally in the fight for immigrant justice who wants to take effective collective action in solidarity with immigrant communities? Join us to deepen your practices of accountability, learn about community safety from an immigrant justice perspective, and effectively apply this learning to campaigns to end deportation, detention, and discrimination. We will cover the history of xenophobia and its connection to white supremacy, common myths and narratives about immigration (and how to dispel them), the intersections of whiteness and citizenship privilege, and how to build accountable relationships with immigrant-led organizing in your community.

Can’t join us in person? This event will be live streamed! Register here to receive a reminder and link.

tuesday: prepare for an ice raid

Two sessions at 24 Belvedere St, San Rafael: 10:00 am-12:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm

If ICE showed up at your workplace or asked to see your employee paperwork, would you know how to respond? Would your clients or employees? RSVP for 10:00 am or for 6:00 pm. If you can’t make it on Tuesday, get in touch to schedule a free training at your business. You’ll learn your rights and responsibilities in an I-9 audit, prepare to protect yourself and your employees, and practice an emergency response plan to keep everyone at your workplace safe from harm. Contact Laura at (415) 971-6753 or Offered in collaboration with ICE Out of Marin.

wednesday: keep ice out of the courthouse

Immigration enforcement actions at or near California’s court facilities intimidates and threatens immigrant residents who need access to the courts, including immigrant survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. This further isolates vulnerable survivors and prevents them from accessing their legal right to support and protection. SB 31 would limit ICE activity at California’s courthouses by giving those facilitites greater ability to prevent civil arrests from happening in the courthouse. Urge your senator to VOTE YES here.

thursday: “No Hate, no fear” Policy Briefing

YWCA USA will host a Stand Against Racism policy briefing on the Hill. Join us for “No Hate. No Fear: Ensuring Safety and Opportunity for Immigrant Women,” on Thursday, April 25 at 12:00 pm ET (9:00 am PT!) in the Russell Senate Office Building or on the livestream. Learn more about our panelists, featuring Monica Ramirez, Gender Justice Campaigns Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance and President of Justice for Migrant Women, and register today.

friday: Stand with immigrants

Join the YWCAs of California in leveraging our collective and unified voice to advocate for the communities we serve. Endorse our statement calling on our communities to eliminate policies and practices, like racial profiling, immigrant surveillance, mass deportation, and immigration enforcement raids that criminalize people of color and other marginalized communities. Sign here.

saturday: broaden your news diet

Take the news diet challenge with us! During Stand Against Racism, add at least 3 new sources to your regular news diet. Whether it’s an international perspective, a daily digest of race in the business world from Fortune, or a new podcast for your commute, get your blindspots checked by adding these fresh perspectives to your rotation. Then tell us about it! Tweet @ywcasfmarin or share your new insights on our facebook page using #StandAgainstRacism.

Feeling inspired? Take the pledge to Stand Against Racism now!

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA to build community among those who work for racial justice, and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.

Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism quickly grew to a national presence by 2010, when an additional 80 YWCAs across the nation took a Stand in partnership with another 2,000 community based organization across 39 states. This phenomenal success attracted well over 250,000 participants and earned the endorsement of five U.S. Governors. The event has been widely featured by local ABC, NBC, CBS, and other networks.