Friday, April 24 2015 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., rain or shine
People will begin gathering at 4:30 at State Capitol’s Lincoln Monument Plaza (facing the river)
YWCA Charleston, YWCA Wheeling and the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) are calling on people to join them in taking a Stand Against Racism Rally on April 24, 2015 at the State Capitol’s Lincoln Monument Plaza. The rally is part of YWCA’s Stand Against Racism Campaign to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: racism can no longer be ignored or tolerated.
“Racism continues to be a pervasive issue in our community and communities across the United States,” stated Debby Weinstein, executive director of the YWCA Charleston. “Stand Against Racism is just one way we can make a change by coming together to organize and show our commitment to eliminating racism.”
Activities at the Capitol begin with a 3:30 p.m. with a reception sponsored by HHOMA in the Lower Rotunda to honor the nine winners of the 2015 Project on Racism Essay Contest. This annual contest, sponsored and administered by YWCA Wheeling, is open to all school age children in WV to provide a venue to share their vision and views of Dr. King’s lessons and teachings. The rally will take place immediately following the reception from 5 to 6 p.m. People can gather at the Lincoln Plaza beginning at 4:30 to create banners and to add their signature to the Stand Against Racism pledge board which will be on display. YWCA Charleston will be giving away T-shirts while supplies last.
The Stand Against Racism rally is in unison with others throughout the country and here locally. From Thursday through Sunday, more than 300,000 people are expected to participate in a range of locally organized events involving public policy advocacy, community education and trainings that will lead to a commitment to working for racial justice by taking the pledge Against Racism.
Founded in 2007 by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton, Stand Against Racism is 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 the YWCA’s national strategy to fulfill our mission to eliminate racism.
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The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For more than a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. All YWCAs are dedicated to and hold as their mission: eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
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