2013 Stand Against Racism a Great Success!

21 May

Once again the YWCA Stand Against Racism was a great success. According to a follow-up survey sent to participating groups, over 5,000 people participated in Stand Against Racism activities this year.

Stand Coalition Co-Chair Kathryn Liss, Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, Stand Coalition Member James Lee.

Stand Coalition Co-Chair Kathryn Liss, Dr. JeffriAnne Wilder, Stand Coalition Member James Lee. Dr. Wilder’s talk at the YMI was sponsored by Mission Health.

Here are some of the things people had to say about the 2013 Stand:

“It gets the word out and gives people a platform from which to address this issue.”

“I like the variety of events offered.”

“Energy, enthusiasm, important messages.”

“I loved the conference at UNC Asheville. Hearing from Dr. Livingston and talking with community members about the challenges our community faces regarding creating inclusive cultures was eye opening.”

“Our volunteers were proud to wear the stickers throughout the day and the evening’s performance.”

“It’s something tangible that students can participate in and feel good about.”

“Synergy of the individuals and organizations that participated. Collaboration is how we are going to create critical mass and momentum to make change.”

“Diversity of activities going on.”

“The opportunity to see the support of the City and County.”

“It brings awareness to our community.”

“Thoughtful dialogue about subtle racism.”

“I love that it’s a growing local and national movement – that helped everyone feel part of a bigger whole. Loved the ongoing reminders and increasing amount of support and resources being given to help us conduct our events.”

“I like seeing different organizations put on different events that suit their style /mission / purpose. I like how the events all crossed many lines other than racism, like how the film at the UU church also addressed LGBT and political issues.”

“Knowing that so many in our community were focused and aware of these relevant issues at the same time.”

“Great coalition building.”

“Keeping this important issue in front of the public.”

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