Racial Justice Initiatives

 

Eliminating Racism is a core element of YWCA’s mission.  YWCA Greenwich is committed to creating programs and hosting events that bring the community together to focus on a range of racial justice issues.  By engaging with governmental and community organizations and participating in mission-focused programs, the YWCA plays an active role in strengthening our community. In addition, each January, we hold an event on a current racial justice challenge to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, and each April, we participate in the signature campaign of YWCA USA, Stand Against Racism, to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.  

 

 

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 -- 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fighting Modern Day Slavery - Part II

Building a strong and just community is a core mission of the YWCA. To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., YWCA Greenwich hosts an annual event that puts a spotlight on issues that Dr. King was committed to addressing.  At the January 11, 2018 event, we hosted a provocative conversation about the battle against human trafficking. We organized a panel of experts who care deeply about this issue, are battling every day to expose these crimes, and who will provide insight into what citizens can do to fight this terrible assault on humanity.  To view the 2018 event, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li4k0RoI-n8&t=3s

In 2019, we will focus on labor trafficking.  Globally, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are 14.2 million people trapped in forced labor in industries including agriculture, construction, domestic work and manufacturing. In the U.S. Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris, received reports of more than 5,400 labor trafficking cases inside the United States. 

Details about the 2019 event will be posted shortly.  Save the date now.  

 

 

 

YWCA Greenwich Racial Justice Scholarship Awards

YWCA Greenwich will award two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who live and attend school in Greenwich . . . and who have made a special effort to encourage people to respect differences, to promote equality and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias and racism in their school or our community.  Candidates may be nominated by a member of the faculty of any Greenwich high school or by the general public.  

 

The application can be found here.

YWCA Greenwich will award two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who live and attend school in Greenwich . . . and who have made a special effort to encourage people to respect differences, to promote equality and to eliminate all forms of bigotry, bias and racism in their school or our community.  Candidates may be nominated by a member of the faculty of any Greenwich high school or by the general public.

The application can be found here.  
2018 Racial Justice Scholarship Award honorees featured here with Valarie Shultz-Wilson and Mary Lee Kiernan are: Rene' LaPointe Jameson, Greenwich High School; Chelsea Beckford, Sacred Heart Academy; Daniel Osemobor, Brunswick School. 
 

 

 

YWCA Stand Against Racism Day

Friday, April 26, 2019 • 12:00 pm
Greenwich Town Hall

 

This annual town-wide event accentuates the importance of combating bigotry and racism wherever it exists. The free public event is part of a national YWCA initiative in which more than 300,000 people across the United States take part in helping to advance the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and promote racial justice and civil rights.

At the 2018 event we asked participants to take a group photo and demonstrate their pledge to stand up against all forms of racism.

For additional information, call Joan Mockler at j.mockler@ywcagreenwich.org or  203-869-6501, ext. 104. 

 

Diversity Book Club

 

Last Tuesday of the Month • 12 - 2 pm
Gertrude White Gallery

The YWCA Diversity Book Club seeks members of all ages, ethnicities, religious affiliations and economic status to engage in spirited discussion. Participants meet for open debate and lively conversation about the reading material chosen. Call Mamie Lee at 203-552-0878 or email jimlee55@aol.com for more information.