YWCA USA Publications

 About the YWCA

Fact Sheet: Maternal Health and Women of Color 

Our Collective Power: A Persimmon Paper on the YWCA USA Mission to Eliminate Racism

Our Shared Language: Social Justice Glossary

Issue Resources

“#BlackWorkersMatter,” Discount Foundation and Neighborhood Funders Group

“Behind the Badge: Amid protests and calls for reform, how police view their jobs, key issues and recent fatal encounters between blacks and police,” Pew Research Center 

Boston Women’s Workforce Council Report 2016

The Color of Wealth in Boston,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

“Did You Know? The Plight of Black Girls & Women in America,” African American Policy Forum

“The Geography of Incarceration,” Boston Indicators Project in Partnership with MassINC and the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

“Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health: What Works?” Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts

On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites are Worlds Apart,” Pew Research Center

“Shape of the City: Making Boston America’s Upwardly Mobile City; A summary of the Boston Indicators Report 2015,” The Boston Foundation

Spotlight on Obstacles Black Girls Face in School,” Schott Foundation

“The State of Women of Color in the United States,” Center for American Progress

“The Status of Women in the States: 2015 Employment and Earnings,” Institute for Women’s Policy Research


Resources from “Tackling Racism in Boston Public Schools” event on 9/22/2016

Local Groups Taking Action

Boston Branch NAACP

Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group is a multiracial group committed to challenging the system of racism in the United States and the world. We engage in dialogue, build community, and support the efforts of racial justice leaders and organizations. We are dedicated to the struggle for shared liberation.

Community Change Inc. has served as a community for white people and their multiracial allies to come together to learn about systemic racism and to fight against it through education, advocacy and working in solidarity with others to organize for change

Project RIGHT (Rebuild and Improve Grove Hall Together): Create, nurture, establish, strengthen, mobilize and coordinate resident and youth involvement in neighborhood stabilization, economic development and community building efforts within the neighborhoods of North Dorchester and Roxbury (Greater Grove Hall) through the grassroots organizing of neighborhood residents.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ Boston)

YW Boston: Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity: A series of facilitated group dialogues offering companies, nonprofits and community groups a safe, structured way for groups to talk openly about experiences of race and racism, identify barriers to inclusion, and work together to create solutions

Other Racial Justice/Education Resources

9 Things White People Can Do to Fight Racism Now

Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit– represents the work and thinking of 15 grassroots organizations with Asian American bases living in the most precarious margins of power: low-income tenants, youth, undocumented immigrants, low-wage workers, refugees, women and girls, and queer and trans people. It reflects their experiences with criminalization, deportation, homophobia, xenophobia and Islamo-racism, war, gender violence, poverty, and worker exploitation

Aspire Institute at Wheelock College: Equity and Access in Education programs

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

BPS Professional Development hybrid/online course: “Culture, Self and Teaching” contact Heyden at BPS 

Dear White Parents of my Black Child’s Friends: I Need Your Help,” Maralee Bradley

EmbraceRace: online community to discuss and share best practices for raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race

“Ending Anti-Blackness Needs to be a Top Priority for Asian Americans-Here’s Why,” Alex-Quan Pham

Facing History and Ourselves: nonprofit international educational and professional development organization whose mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

The Gift of White-Burnout,” Abraham Lateiner

How white parents should talk to their young kids about race,” Melinda Wenner Moyer

Making Change at a Larger, BPS-wide Level: What systemic efforts are underway that people should know about and plug into? Are there gaps that need parents’ attention?,” Nia Evans, Boston NAACP

Massachusetts Advocates for Children: private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large

Teaching Tolerance: A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center: blog where educators who care about diversity, equity and justice can find news, suggestions, conversation and support.

Towards the “Other America”: Anti-Racist Resources for White People Taking Action for Black Lives Matter, Chris Crass