Along with over 200 associations across the country, YWCA New Britain is excited to launch Until Justice Just Is, a campaign designed to bring awareness to the pervasiveness of systemic racism and the organization’s commitment to ending systemic and institutional racism.
Against this year’s long overdue nationwide reckoning with racism, communities, companies, and individuals everywhere are searching for actions they can take to make meaningful progress toward racial equity. Through Until Justice Just Is, YWCA will center the work of YWCA New Britain and associations across the country who offer resources in the fight for equal opportunity and justice for all.
Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO of YWCA USA says, “YWCA has a proud legacy of fighting for racial justice, and we’re more motivated than ever to double down on our mission and do the work of justice. But we can’t do this work alone. Dismantling systemic and institutional racism requires a nationwide response. Individuals, companies, and communities everywhere need to take actionable steps towards ending racism, and our goal with this campaign is to offer them a roadmap.”
Earlier this year, YWCA New Britain led a 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge. The Challenge was designed to give people the space and help them carve out the time to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Participants were prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or reflecting on a personal experience to help them discover how racial and social injustice impacts our community and ways to dismantle it.
YWCA also has an annual Stand Against Racism national campaign every April, designed to raise awareness of racial injustices and encourage the public to take a stand for racial equity. Local associations host events, rallies, and races in their communities to denounce racism.
Over the coming months, YWCA will highlight the work being done to eliminate racism. We will also focus our civic engagement work, Week Without Violence, and other initiatives and campaigns on the specific the ways in which intersectionality is paramount to this work, and the different barriers faced by marginalized groups in pursuing and achieving justice.
This moment in time is exactly what our mission is about. And we will continue to do this work…
Until the land of the free is free of racism.
Until the home of the brave is brave enough to change.
Until “by the people” and “for the people” means doing right by all the people.