YWCA participates in ‘Stand Against Racism’ April 29
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, believing the key to real and lasting change is to engage area residents in conversations about the issues.
These important conversations allow us to open our hearts and minds to new perspectives and the richness of diversity; therefore, the YWCA is asking you to begin a conversation by becoming a part of a nationwide “Stand Against Racism.”
The YWCA of Rockford will be joining 70 other YWCA Associations as well as numerous local groups, churches and organizations for a historic collaboration, and there’s still time for you to become a part of it! The stand has become a significant and influential demonstration across our country. Participation is open to any company, organization, religious group or individual and is designed to encourage us to take a few minutes out of this day to think about racism and its effects, ultimately providing an opportunity for better understanding and harmony of individuals residing in our community.
The Stand Against Racism will take place Friday, April 29, 2011. (Religious groups may choose to make their stand during their service on Saturday, April 30 or Sunday, May 1.) There is no cost for participation, and sign-up is easy. Simply go to standagainstracism.org and click on “Become a Participating Site,” either public or private, and select YWCA of Rockford as the organization that invited you. Sign up soon and receive posters, bookmarks and your choice of buttons or stickers for up to 75 participants free of charge.
Individuals who don’t belong to a group are welcome to go to the website to see which local groups are holding “Public” stands and are encouraged to participate in one of those or the YWCA of Rockford’s stand on April 29. Details regarding the event will be made available on the website, ywca.org/rockford, as the event approaches.
From the April 27-May 3, 2011 issue
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