YWCA Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley

Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism is an annual campaign, coordinated by YWCA USA, meant to bring communities together through an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.

YWCA's 2021 Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 22 – 25. We invite you to join us and explore how From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis can advance the work of justice in your community and empower people of color. Structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. These factors affect people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.

YWCA USA Virtual Town Hall

Topic: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis

About the Event: Public health is — and always has been — central to racial justice work. In this virtual town hall event, Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis, YWCA USA will convene a panel of trailblazers who have been central to declaring and addressing racism as a public health crisis.

We discussed the connections between racism and public health outcomes, how to implement public health practices to effectively identify and address racial injustice in our communities, and community engagement and public policy strategies to advance racial equity through a public health lens.

This powerful event uplifted the voices of public health professionals, advocates, and trailblazers doing the work to improve the future for people of color!

Stand Against Racism 2020

Due to the pandemic, YWCA's Stand Against Racism went digital last year! The theme for 2020 was promoting civic engagement and bringing awareness to the barriers that communities of color experience. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the theme for Stand Against Racism pivoted to also supporting our Asian American and Pacific Islander neighbors who were experiencing bias and racism due to the virus.

We are thankful for everyone who stood with us, took the pledge, and encouraged our community to complete the 2020 Census.

Watch one of our two 2020 Stand Against Racism videos below.