On April 23-26, YWCA New Britain joined YWCAs across the country in going virtual for the annual Stand Against Racism campaign. Stand Against Racism is a signature YWCA campaign that aims to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impacts of institutional and structural racism in our communities.
Our efforts focused heavily on this year’s theme – civic engagement – and its role in racial justice work. With 2020 being both an election year and a Census year, civic engagement is critical in ensuring our communities get the resources and representation they deserve for years to come.
We shared ways each of us can stand against racism and engage in our communities in a meaningful way, even from home. This includes completing the 2020 Census, checking our voter registration status, and contacting elected officials.
Members of the community were also encouraged to participate in the campaign by interacting with us on social media and submitting videos of themselves taking the Stand Against Racism pledge for a video mashup.