Stand Against Racism this Friday

28 Apr

The YWCA Takes a “Stand Against Racism” 4.30.10
Over 250,000 individuals across the country expected to take a stand

The YWCA of Asheville is calling on all individuals to join us in taking a bold Stand Against Racism on April 30th by participating in one of the many events open to the public in Asheville. Over 70 organizations in Asheville have partnered with the YWCA as participating sites of the event in order to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message that racism can no longer be ignored or tolerated.

Each participating site will host their own Stand Against Racism event at their own location. A list of participating sites and public events in our area can be found on our website: www.ywcaofasheville.org. The YWCA of Asheville will be holding a family-friendly event at Aston Park between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm. In addition, there will be a kick-off event at 6:00 pm on Thursday evening at MAHEC – a presentation by Dr. Dwight Mullen on “The State of Black Asheville”.

“The persistence and pervasiveness of racism divides our community and keeps individuals from achieving success in education, economics, employment, and quality of life,” stated Holly Jones, YWCA Executive Director. “Our strength comes from numbers – that’s why we are asking people to come out and join any of the 70+ organizations that have partnered with us!”

Individuals in Asheville will be taking a Stand Against Racism simultaneously with others throughout the country. The Stand Against Racism movement is a collaboration of 71 YWCA Associations nationwide and their 2,000 community partners. Over 250,000 people are expected to take a Stand Against Racism.

Participants will commit themselves to a lifetime of promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all people in their community and in the world. This powerful, unified, effort will help raise awareness that racism hurts everyone. Participants of the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism range from school-age children to elected officials; from executives of large corporations to church leaders; and many others. Racism affects everyone.

“If you believe in a society free of racism and discrimination, join us,” said Jones. “Together, we can eliminate racism.”

For more information, please call 254-7206 x 203.

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