About Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism takes place annually in April and is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities and to build community among those who work for racial justice.

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 YWCA local Associations across the nation participated.

In 2019, over 134 YWCAs along with community organizations joined in the Stand Against Racism, holding over 179 events across 44 states and the District of Columbia. YWCA USA hosted a policy briefing on Capitol Hill: “Ensuring Safety and Opportunity for Immigrant Women.” In collaboration with the vast YWCA network and our partners, both national and local, YWCA raised our collective voice around the critical racial justice issue of supporting and protecting immigrant women, children, families, and communities.