Stand Against Racism is a nationwide YWCA movement. Every year, the Stand campaign brings people together from all walks of life to raise awareness and empower action toward eliminating racism. 

A “Stand” is an event, private or public, hosted by a registered site where participants gather to take a pledge that will stand against racism. Any group of any size can become a participating site: corporations large or small, schools (from elementary schools to universities), government agencies, non profit or civic organizations, hospitals, places of worship, even two neighbors gathered around a kitchen table can host a “Stand.” Stand Against Racism is observed on the last Friday of April every year.

2016 Stand

Come to Our Stand Event

In recognition of YW Boston’s 150th anniversary, we are convening a special event for 2016 Stand Against Racism. “Stand Against Racism – The State of Race and the Way Forward: A Community Conversation” features speakers of national prominence and will engage and empower audiences to action. The event will take place on April 12, from 7:30 – 9:30 am at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. View more information and register for this event.

Host Your Own Stand

Organizations wishing to hold their own 2016 Stand Against Racism event can learn more and register online with YWCA USA. In addition to registering your event, you will also be able to find information regarding other Stands taking place in the Greater Boston area, order toolkit supplies (buttons, stickers, etc), and get ideas for possible Stands topics/formats that have been successful in the past. If you have questions/concerns regarding this year’s campaign please direct inquiries to


Partners Standing in Boston 

Over 50 organizations and groups have joined with YWCA to Stand Against Racism in Boston. Partners come from across all sectors and neighborhoods. Previous partners have included:

Educational Institutions

Academy of the Pacific Rim, Boston Collegiate Charter School, Ellis Mendell Elementary School, JFK Presidential Library & Museum, Simmons College- Scott-Ross Center

Nonprofits and Community Groups 

Boston Children’s Chorus, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Home for Little Wanders, Roxbury Youthworks, Inc, Trinity Church-Anti Racism Team

Health and Health Care

Neighborhood Health Plan, Boston Alliance for Community Health, Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Mass General Hospital

Corporations and Businesses

Big Idea Bookstore, Boston Common Asset Management, Eastern Bank, Holland & Knight, Krokidas & Bluestein, LLP, Modera Wealth, Maloney Property, Inc

Public Agencies

Boston Police Department, City of Boston, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), Office of Mass Attorney General