Advancing racial justice

Through education and advocacy on issues of racial justice and gender equity, working with organizations seeking to build greater understanding of racial justice issues and equity within their walls, and through programs focused on areas of significant racial and gender disparity – housing & supportive services, youth development, employment & economic development and health & wellness – YWCA St. Paul is in the community working to eliminate racism and empower women.

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

YWCA St. Paul offers a 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge to help participants better understand how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, connect with one another and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. For 21 days, participants are presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and taking action to promote change. Click the button below to learn more about the challenge, read the archives and sign up for daily emails.

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Community Events

To promote better understanding of the impact racism has on our lives, YWCA St. Paul launched a series of  Equity and Justice Community Conversations, each focused on a specific topic reflecting the serious consequences of racism, such as housing stability and homelessness, voting rights, employment and education. Video recordings of past events are available on our YouTube channel.

As an extension of our ongoing YW Speaker Series,  we also hold virtual Town Hall gatherings, the most recent focused on “Tackling Racism,” and featured distinguished community leaders.  The panel provided context for understanding what racism is, how it shows up in laws & policy, how it impacts the day to day life of African American people and other people of color and what each of us can do to confront it.

United we stand. Together we act.
Until Justice Just Is.

Until Justice Just Is, an initiative designed to bring national attention and awareness to the systemic and institutional racism that plagues our nation, and to center the justice-oriented work that YWCA does every day.

Our communities demand justice in a thousand different ways. This moment in the movement for racial justice can’t instantly address systemic inequities, but it can galvanize others to join our efforts to meet those demands and to elevate and bring about change for women and people of color.

At YWCA, we lead and engage in conversations about racism, racial justice, and how we can work for change.  Will you join us? Learn more at: https://www.ywcastpaul.org/untiljustice/

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