Stand Against Racism with YW Boston this April 2019
We at YW Boston are excited to work with you and your communities to make this campaign impactful and long-lasting. We have put together this guide in which you will find information about the campaign, tips for amplifying your STAND message, and a toolkit including useful frameworks to help you host conversations about race and racism.
What is 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 racism in our communities. The dates for the national STAND campaign are April 26 – April 29. However, in an effort to ensure as many people in our community have a chance to participate this year, YW Boston is promoting a month-long campaign. We’re asking participants to designate any week in April to help Stand Against Racism.
How to participate in Stand Against Racism 2019
Individuals and organizations may choose to participate in one or both of these options.
1. Register and pick up a Stand Against Racism pledge board or place a print order yourself
Organizations, community groups, and individual participants are invited to pick up a pledge board to be filled in with messages from your team, colleagues, friends, or family on how each will commit to helping eliminate racism in 2019. You may also choose to receive a printable file so you can place your own print order.
2. Convene and host a discussion around exclusive curated content
With your team, colleagues, friends, or family, host a conversation around an article, book or video selected by YW Boston’s guest curators. Our curators come from diverse fields and are actively working to end racism in their communities and create a more equitable society for all.
Need support planning your STAND?
After you have registered for Stand Against Racism 2019, take a look at our STAND Toolkit. This document can help you plan your STAND and includes definitions, frameworks, and other useful resources that can guide your group discussions on race.
How to Amplify Your STAND
We need support engaging as many people as possible in having these important conversations. Help our Stand Against Racism campaign reach as many as possible.
1. Share your STAND on social media
Share your photos on social media using the hashtags #BostonRacialEquity and #YWeStand. Tag @ywboston and we will include all photos shared by April 29th in our Stand Against Racism video recap. Tag your friends, family, colleagues or other organizations who might be interested in participating in STAND.
2. Invite others to take a STAND
Email people in your networks inviting them to join your STAND or to register for their own.
3. Support YW Boston’s Mission by starting a Facebook fundraiser
Help support our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women by making a donation to YW Boston or starting your own Stand Against Racism Facebook Fundraiser. All proceeds will support this annual campaign and our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Starting a fundraiser is free and easy!
Thank you for taking the time to explore these resources and for the energy you bring to raising consciousness and creating change in your communities. We at YW Boston cannot wait to STAND with you this year. Be sure to share your photos on social media using the hashtags #BostonRacialEquity and #YWeStand. Tag @ywboston and we will include all photos shared by April 29th in our Stand Against Racism video recap.