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Stand Against Racism

Racism is built into our nation’s institutions, policies, and practices, but it doesn’t have to be. We each must play a part in the critical work to dismantle racist institutions, fight for racial justice, and create lasting change.

That is why every year YWCAs across the country take a Stand Against Racism​. In 2019 we addressed racial justice through the theme No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice. On April 26, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's Center for Race and Gender Equity hosted a panel discussion with Rosamaria Cristello of the Latino Community Center and Monica Ruiz of Casa San Jose, moderated by Carnegie Mellon University's Kenya Dworkin. You can view the full discussion, and let us know what you think, at our Facebook page.

The violence perpetrated against immigrant communities and people of color has become increasingly visible and is at the forefront of conversations on race, citizenship, and criminalization. The current political environment emboldens anti-immigrant policies and attitudes just as it activates racist beliefs and behaviors. Our country and our communities must confront historical and current injustices.

Did you know?

According to the Center for Disease Control, African American women are over three times more likely to be murdered with a gun than white women.

Read more about YWCA's position on gun violence.

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