A Year-Round Stand – By Angel Redmond

9 May

Wow! YWCA-USA’s national Stand Against Racism campaign has come to a close for 2014, but our local attempt will carry us throughout the year.photo (4)

Here is a look back at the ways individuals and organizations took part in the Asheville-Buncombe area:

We had businesses donate profits of sales to our YWCA.  We had discussions, forums, screenings, and plays.  There were poetry slams, lunch and learns, recognitions, and games.  A middle school’s Stand included surveys and challenges. And to top it all off, a wonderful party of all parties — the Black & White Gala!United Way

We also received media recognition of the Stand Against Racism in the Mountain Xpress, Asheville Citizen-Times, WLOS TV, and WRES radio, among others. Can you measure success around events that remind us that racism exists? I think so, though not numerically.

A feeling this month went through our community; black, white, brown, red, and yellow unite!

This feeling needs to continue throughout our every day lives, a feeling that our future generation can mimic as they grow… a feeling that it is way past time for racism to go!

Read some of our previous blog poDSC_1978-3221059150-Osts about the Stand Against Racism:

View a photo album of the Stand Against Racism event at A-B Tech (have more photos? Email them to aammerman @ywcaofavl.org!)

Check out our album of “Stand Selfies” — it’s not too late to purchase a Stand t-shirt at the YWCA!

Like I said, here in Buncombe County our Stand Against Racism is becoming a year-round effort. Stay tuned for more details about what that will look like…

RAR cardFor now, I’d like to share an idea of how you can continue to take a stand against racism. From now through June we are continuing our Rise Above Racism project, sponsored by Mission Health.

What does racism mean to you? How does it impact our community? How can we fight it? Using six words or less, tell us what you think of racism. Please send your messages to me at angel.redmond@ywcaofavl.org, or fill out a Rise Above Racism card at the YWCA. Messages will be displayed through-out the community in order to raise awareness and foster action.

Angel Redmond, YWCA Stand Against Racism Coordinator

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