About Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA 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 participated. The Stand Against Racism campaign takes place every April.

In 2018, over 470 Stand Against Racism events were held nationwide, in nearly every state. Participants included over 190 YWCAs, as well as state and local governments, schools, nonprofit organizations, various companies and small businesses, houses of worship, and more. Last year’s campaign also featured over 20 national partner organizations, including the United State of Women, Moms Rising, the American Constitution Society, Planned Parenthood, the Women’s March, and others.

YWCAs across the country have always opened their doors and provided resources to women, children, and families in need. We have always pressed forward for change. From YWCA El Paso del Norte Region to YWCA Brooklyn, we continue this important legacy today by offering support to immigrant families impacted and traumatized by anti-immigrant policies. Fear of detention and deportation should not stand in the way of women seeking safety from domestic violence, parents seeking food and healthcare for their children, and other lifesaving programs and services. Everyone deserves to be safe, healthy, and treated with dignity and respect, and YWCA is committed to standing in solidarity with communities of color and all immigrants, regardless of status, who face the very real threat of racist and xenophobic attacks