Stand Against Racism

This nationally-organized event place annually in April and is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities and to build community among those who work for racial justice.

This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism quickly grew to a national presence by 2010, when an additional 80 YWCA local Associations across the nation participated.

In 2019, over 134 YWCAs along with community organizations joined in the Stand Against Racism, holding over 179 events across 44 states and the District of Columbia. YWCA USA hosted a policy briefing on Capitol Hill: “Ensuring Safety and Opportunity for Immigrant Women.” In collaboration with the vast YWCA network and our partners, both national and local, YWCA raised our collective voice around the critical racial justice issue of supporting and protecting immigrant women, children, families, and communities.

2021 Campaign

This year, our Stand Against Racism Campaign centers around a new theme: From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis.

Public health is, and always has been, central to racial justice work. This year our theme is especially pertinent as our nation continues to face the intersecting public health crises of COVID-19 and racism.

Understanding the economic and social determinants of health and how racism impacts public health outcomes is critical to uprooting systemic inequity in communities of color.

Economic investment in public health looks like safe and affordable housing, access to  availability of healthy foods, and environments free of contamination among other essential resources.

Social resources which can reduce negative health outcomes in communities of color include enhanced public safety measures, addressing social norms and attitudes which cause discrimination, and increased social support across our country. This also looks like breaking down barriers to people of color running for and holding elected office in their own communities.

By investing in marginalized communities, empowering people of color, and expanding public resources, we can challenge centuries of unfair social, economic, and political systems which contribute to inequity. Each of us can stand against racism by advocating for and supporting our communities in a meaningful way.

YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County will partner with YWCA USA on this event.

For additional information, contact Mission Enhancement Director Nancy Lilley at