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Stand Against Racism

Founded by the YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism is now a signature campaign of YWCA USA. This campaign is designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. Stand Against Racism is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.

Communities and organizations are invited to become a Participating Site by taking a Stand. Individuals can join existing events or take individual Stands. Between April 23rd and April 26th 2015, hundreds of thousands of people across the country will take a Stand Against Racism.

For more information, please visit www.standagainstracism.org.

YWCA USA

The YWCA is the voice for every woman.  For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S.

The history of the YWCA is the history of progress in America.

Established in 1858 as a voice for women's issues, we opened the first employment bureau for women several years later. That was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women's rights and civil rights.

We continue to evolve to meet today's challenges in eliminating racism and empowering women. We've shifted to a bottoms-up, grassroots structure. We've launched a revitalized brand that reaffirms the mission of working aggressively for women and people of color. And we're engaging women 18- to 34-years old to carry on the YWCA mission for years to come.

The YWCA advocacy issues reflect our mission and the values of our organization. We promote solutions to improve the lives of women, girls and people of color across the country.

From lobbying for pay equity and hate crimes legislation to the increased funding for Head Start and the Violence Against Women Act, the YWCA advocates on Capitol Hill while employees and volunteers empower women and girls in our communities.

For more information, please visit www.ywca.org.