YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s annual Stand Against Racism will be held next week but with a twist. Instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder in support of eliminating racism, families, schools, faith-based groups, and other organizations are invited to participate virtually the week of April 20.

 Event organizers at YWCA Evanston/North Shore are asking local residents to create signs, tell stories, engage in a project, or read the Stand Against Racism pledge together and post these activities on social media and tag YWCA Evanston/North Shore. Photos and videos also can be emailed to the YWCA at equityinstitute@ywca-ens.org for inclusion on the organization’s website.

“The Covid-19 crisis reminds us that racism is more than personal bias,” said Tiffany McDowell, director of YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Equity Institute, which promotes racial and gender equity. “For example, black residents of Cook County are dying from the virus at a much higher rate than white residents. This shows us that our structures and systems are not yet equipped to support all of us.”

The Stand Against Racism pledge and more information about the event are available at www.ywca-ens.org/equity-institute/events/stand/.