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The YWCA Evanston/North Shore is calling on all individuals to take a Stand Against Racism by lining the sidewalks along Church from Dodge to Ridge, and the full length of Ridge from Howard to Isabella on Friday, April 26 from 12:40 to 12:55.
“The persistence and pervasiveness of racism divides our community and creates disparities in education, healthcare, economics and other institutions affecting the quality of life,” stated Karen Singer, president/CEO of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “Our strength comes from numbers – that’s why we are asking the community to come out and join the YWCA and the many organizations that have partnered with us.”
At about 12:50, everyone lined up along Church and Ridge will read a pledge committing themselves to a lifetime of promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people in their community and in the world. Participating groups are encouraged to bring a banner of some type with their organization’s name on it, letting the rest of Evanston know they are joining the YWCA in standing against racism.
Individuals in Evanston will take the Stand Against Racism simultaneously with others throughout the country. The Stand Against Racism movement is a collaboration of over 100 YWCA Associations nationwide and their 2,000 community partners. In 2012, well over a quarter million people in 39 states took a Stand Against Racism, and that number is expected to increase in 2013.
Eileen Heineman, Racial Justice Program Manager at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, said 50 local organizations have already registered to participate in the Stand—including local schools, businesses, religious institutions and civic organizations. A list of registered organizations can be found at www.ywca.org/evanston. Organizations can still register to participate for free at www.StandAgainstRacism.org –however registration is not required in order to take a Stand and everyone is invited to participate.
“There has been considerable work done in the area of Racial Justice in our community, but together we can do more,” said Karen Singer. “If creating an equitable society is important to you, join us. Together, we can eliminate racism.”
People looking for other ways to stand against racism can go to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s web page, www.ywca.org/evanston, for suggestions of other activities. Join the YWCA in its efforts beyond the Stand Against Racism by attending Let’s Talk @ Lunch or “Reel” Issues film discussions and registering for the annual Race Against Hate on June 16th.
For more details about the Evanston Stand Against Racism and Racial Justice programs, visit www.ywca.org/evanston or call Eileen Heineman, Racial Justice Program Manager at the YWCA Evanston/North Shore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-864-8445 ext. 158. Information about the National Stand Against Racism can be found at www.StandAgainstRacism.org.