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Anyone can participate in Stand Against Racism, and anyone can organize and host a Stand Against Racism event. You can host a Stand on your own or with a group like your company, organization, or place of worship, and your Stand can be any size, take place anywhere, and can even be a private event.

Community events are great ways to spread YWCA’s Stand Against Racism message: together, we can eliminate racism. A community event can provide information, motivate activists, bring allies together, increase awareness about systemic and institutional racism in your community, and celebrate victories.

Sign the form on this page and we will send you resources to coordinate your own Stand at home, work, school or anywhere you see fit!

Host Your Own Stand

Want to host an event? Create a Stand Against Racism account to access the Stand Against Racism digital toolkit, designed to help you plan your event. The toolkit includes educational resources, promotional materials, and more. Once you have settled on a date and event, come back to register your event to gain access to a personalized event page! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Educate folks about the most pertinent issues affecting people of color in your community
  • Host a watch party or film screening on racial justice and public health issues that are important in your community
  • Make a poster/sign of relevant information from YWCA fact sheets, and share this new resource with organizations, businesses, and others in your community.
  • Invite local elected officials to take the pledge to stand against racism.

Attend a Stand Against Racism event near you

Find an event in your community and bring your friends and family with you. Encourage others to do the same. If you don’t see an event near you, organize one yourself! Check the map regularly to see new events as they are registered.

Create a Stand Against Racism account to gain access to toolkits and materials to support you/your organization’s efforts to promote racial justice and public health reform!

Contact your members of Congress and elected officials

Encourage our elected and public health officials to take steps to address institutional and system racism by investing in and improving social resources for communities of color. Act now and join us!

Here are some ways we can each play a role:


Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA Northwestern Illinois is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.


Starting with declarations, we can lead to change by speaking out against the systemic and institutional racism that has created the racial inequities we face today. Take the first step towards accountability and reform by making your community aware of the racial inequities that are present in your area. Get input from community members and systemic and structural racism experts, contact your local legislators, and encourage support for the Stand Against Racism legislative priorities.


Engaging your community and local racial justice organizations to begin a conversation about addressing systemic racism and how we can all take a stand. Starting conversations with elected officials, local leaders, racial justice experts, and community members will raise awareness about the impact of systemic racism and help foster calls to action.


There are many ways to advocate for improved policies and resources for marginalized individuals and communities. Supporting investment in quality education, economic advancement opportunities, healthcare, and civic engagement are just a few of the ways you advocate for individuals, families, and communities of color. Learn more about how you can take action here.

Join us in the fight to Stand Against Racism.

Take The Pledge To Stand Against Racism

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