Stand Against Racism
Thursday, April 27, 2017
12:00 pm to
Public Square Park | Historic Metro Courthouse Stairs
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those working for racial and social justice. The Stand Against Racism seeks to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.
The theme of this year's Stand Against Racism is "Women of Color Leading Change." Our speakers include:
- Megan Barry, Mayor of Nashville
- Joyce Searcy, Director of Community Relations, Belmont University
- Kasar Abdulla, Community Activist
- Abby Rubenfeld, Civil Rights Attorney, Rubenfeld Law
- Ana Escobar, Domestic Violence Team Lead | Davidson County District Attorney General's Office & YWCA Advocacy Committee Chair
- Sharon K. Roberson, President and CEO, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
Pledge Against Racism (abridged)
As an individual committed to social justice,
I stand with YWCA against racism and
discrimination of any kind.
I will commit to a lifetime of promoting
peace, justice, freedom, and dignity
for all people in my community
and in the world.
For over 150 years, YWCA has been at the forefront of advocating for the rights and protections of women who dare to dream, lead and change the world. From education to civic participation, YWCA empowers and emboldens women across their lifespan, and across differences to lead. However, despite the gains women have made in all arenas of public and private life, the numbers are stark—the wage gap still exists, men still outnumber women in leadership positions and from Congress to corporate leadership, women of color are far underrepresented. The role of women, and particularly women of color, in leading and shaping change is becoming more pressing, as demographic trends point towards women of color becoming the majority among all women in the United States by 2050. YWCA will continue to work towards the elimination of racism wherever it exists, and by any means necessary.