What is the Stand Against Racism™?

The Stand Against Racism™ is a movement of the YWCA with the goal of bringing people together from all walks of life - across the country - to raise awareness that racism still exists.

The methodology of the Stand Against Racism™ is to bring together like-minded organizations that share in our vision of eliminating racism and celebrating the richness of diversity. By inviting community organizations to partner with us, we maximize the outreach of this mission, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.

Through our annual event, which takes place the last Friday of each April, and our Community Cohesion program, the YWCA's Stand Against Racism™ addresses the root causes of racism and encourages conversations across diverse communities in the USA.

Stand Against Racism™
We invite groups of any size to become a Participating Site of the Stand Against Racism™ by hosting a "Stand." A "Stand" is an event, private or public, hosted by your organization/company/school/church where participants gather to take a pledge that will Stand Against Racism™. Learn more about becoming a Participating Site, by clicking here, or see Highlights of 2012 and Highlights of 2011 to see what other organizations have done in the past..

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Message from the Founding CEOs

Dear Friends,

In 2007 the YWCA Trenton and the YWCA Princeton in New Jersey joined forces because we wanted to bring people together from all walks of life - people of different economic backgrounds, people of different races and culture - to focus on common concerns and mutually beneficial opportunities that affect the quality of life in our communities. Now, in 2012, well over a quarter million people took a Stand Against Racism™.

Because the YWCA stands for the right of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect, we believe that the key to effecting real change is to engage individuals and whole communities in a conversation about the issues. Only then can we open our hearts and minds to new perspectives and the richness of diversity.

The Stand Against Racism™ movement is becoming a large and powerful demonstration across our country of hundreds of thousands of individuals that believe in a society free of racism.

Join us. Take a stand. If you are a group, host a Stand. If you are an individual, join a Participating Site.

Collectively, we can speak out with one voice...to eliminate racism, once and for all.


Jose A. Hernandez
Jose A. Hernandez
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Trenton

Judy Hutton
Judy Hutton
Chief Executive Officer
YWCA Princeton

A Conversation About Race

Watch a Video: A Conversation About Race
Five Courageous YWCA Members Share their Personal Experiences About Racism and Privilege....

About the YWCA

Strengthened by diversity, the YWCA draws together members who strive to create opportunities for women's growth, leadership, and power in order to attain a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. The YWCA will thrust its collective power toward the elimination of racism, wherever it exists, and by any means necessary.

Throughout our history, the YWCA has been in the forefront of most major movements in the United States as a pioneer in race relations, and the empowerment of women. Click here to learn more.