How to participate in 2020:
Host a digital Stand Against Racism pledge board (or print your own physical copy)

Fill out a digital pledge board with messages from your team, colleagues, friends, or family on how each will commit to helping eliminate racism in 2020. You may also print out your own board.

Convene a discussion around exclusive curated content

With your team, colleagues, friends, or family, host a conversation around readings or pieces of media selected by YW Boston’s guest curators.


In April 2019
170 individuals, workplaces, and community groups
signed up to host
141 pledge boards
128 discussions
between an estimated
6,172 participants.



Check out our successes from previous Stand Against Racism campaigns:


Stand Against Racism 2019

In 2019, we grew our campaign to engage 171 sites who either hosted pledge boards, hosted conversations based on curated content, or both. This was the first year we encouraged supporters to fundraise to support the campaign, ultimately raising almost $3,000 to cover the cost of the Stand Against Racism campaign. Learn more about our 2019 successes by reading our 2019 wrap-up blog post, "Hundreds across Boston took a Stand Against Racism this April"

Our 2019 Content Curators included:

  • David Delmar, Resilient Coders
  • Tania Del Rio, Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement
  • Betty Francisco, Amplify Latinx and Latina Circle
  • Sandro Galea, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Renée Graham, The Boston Globe
  • Melodie Knowlton, Vertex
  • Chrislerne Jean-Louis, YW Boston's Youth InIt program
  • Ivan Madrigal Espinoza, Lawyers for Civil Rights
  • Jessicah Pierre, Queens Company
  • Bob Rivers, Eastern Bank
  • Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins
  • Janson Wu, GLAD

Stand Against Racism 2018

In 2018, we engaged 168 sites in our campaign to raise awareness about systemic racial inequity. 2018 marked the first year that YW Boston introduced curated content as option for participation in the campaign, and our second year distributing pledge boards to sign.

Our 2018 Content Curators included:

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
  • Vernā Myers, Inclusion Strategist at The Vernā Myers Company
  • Justin Kang, The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
  • Adam Grossman, the Boston Red Sox
  • High school advocates Saphire Broxton, Habiba Elfass, James Le, and Sumaiya Zama

Stand Against Racism 2017

Stand Against Racism 2017 marked the first year we joined with over 100 partner organizations to blanket the city with pledge boards, asking Bostonians everywhere to write what they will do to advance racial equity. We estimate that a minimum of 1,500 people made a personal pledge. See our takeaway blog post for common pledge themes, and what they tell us about how to advance racial equity in Boston.