Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future
The YWCA believes everyone has a role to play in the fight for racial justice.
Throughout the month of April, community members in Asheville and Buncombe County will have opportunities to connect with others in anti-racism work to learn, understand and collaborate as part of YWCA Asheville’s annual Stand Against Racism.
“The ways in which structural racism has been upheld and perpetuated over centuries influences our attitudes, values, beliefs and cultural representations,” says Gerry Leonard, Racial Justice & Outreach Specialist with YWCA. “We don’t undo those systems overnight, so we have to constantly reorient our framework to racial justice, and Stand Against Racism is a way to begin changing that narrative.”
During this pivotal time, as civil rights continue to be attacked and eroded for communities of color, YWCA is focusing this year’s Stand Against Racism campaign—Our Power, Our Mission, Our Future—on supporting full access and engagement for women and girls of color in the political process. Voting rights and civic engagement are, and have always been, core components of the YWCA’s racial justice work.
“There is a saying amongst YWCAs across the country, ‘We’re not new to this, we’re true to this,’” said Leonard. “And that notion certainly holds true for YWCA Asheville as our commitment to racial and social justice has been at the forefront of our work since 1907.”
While not new to this work, the organization acknowledges that our country and communities are experiencing a watershed moment in the fight for racial justice. YWCA Asheville calls on each person to get involved now to promote racial equity in their schools, businesses, organizations and community as a whole.
Call the YWCA today at (828) 254-7206, or visit www.ywcaofasheville.org for more details.