Registration for the 2021 Stand Against Racism campaign is now open.





In April 2020
130 individuals, workplaces, and community groups
signed up to host
198 pledge boards
97 discussions
between an estimated
5,181 participants.


Information about Stand 2021 will come in early 2021.

Check out our successes from previous Stand Against Racism campaigns:


Stand Against Racism 2020

In 2020, we moved our campaign fully virtual to encourage participation during COVID-19 physical distancing. We were proud to be able to pivot our efforts and offer digital pledge boards, as well as tips for how to lead a virtual conversation. 130 registrants, and over 5,000 participants, connected virtually to commit to anti-racism. During the month, two of our curators engaged our audience through virtual conversations, with Pariss Chandler leading a Twitter takeover and Michelle Wu curating a conversation about racism as a public health crisis. Learn more about our 2020 successes by reading our wrap-up blog post, "This April, thousands of Bostonians took a Stand Against Racism, virtually."

Our 2020 Content Curators included:

  • Bobbie Carlton, Innovation Women
  • Stephen Chan, The Boston Foundation
  • Beth Chandler, YW Boston
  • Pariss Chandler, #BlackTechTwitter
  • Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman College
  • Bernadine Desanges, Know Your Truths. Speak Your Truths.
  • Songbawera Issa, Acton Boxborough High School
  • Marty Martinez, City of Boston Mayor's Office
  • Ashley Mitchell, Barry's and The Courage Campaign
  • Naomie Raymong, Miss Black Massachusetts USA 2018
  • Eneida Roman, Amplify Latinx
  • Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At-Large

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.