June 9, 2022

Stand Against Racism Challenge Wrap-Up

| CHALLENGE | DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14 | DAY 15 | DAY 16 | DAY 17 | DAY 18 | DAY 19 | DAY 20 | DAY 21 |

Graphic by Danielle Coke

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the end of YWCA Spokane’s 21-Day Stand Against Racism Challenge!

These 21 days were crafted to help you learn, grow, and stretch. The Challenge is a great step, but it is only the beginning; with this learning comes the responsibility of taking action in your daily life. Our commitment to the work of racial equity and social justice mobilizes us to speak up and do the work everyday.

Completing this challenge is a great way to strengthen your social justice muscles. It is important to recognize that “choosing” to learn or talk about race is not a privilege everyone has. We must remain actively engaged and speak truth within our spheres of influence, even when it’s difficult. Have these conversations  with coworkers, family, and friends. You might be the source of information they trust or inspire them to learn more on their own.

There is no perfect way to have these conversations. But when we lean in instead of shying away, become stronger. Even when we can’t find the right words, we always need to try. As we continue these conversations, our confidence grows and it becomes more achievable to disrupt injustice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

It is always the time to speak up. Together, we can eliminate racism in our community.


IF YOU HAVE…


5 Minutes

and

10 Minutes

and

15 Minutes

Image of a grey clock with text that says, "5 minutes" and Image of a grey clock with text that says, "10 minutes" and Image of a grey clock with text that says, "15 minutes"
WATCH THIS VIDEO

by Brené Brown to understand the privilege of speaking up and why it is so important to use our voices. 

and EXPLORE THIS GUIDE

by Learning for Justice with 6 steps to speak up in response to everyday incidences of bigotry. 

and WATCH THIS VIDEO

with Luvvie Ajayi Jones to learn how to be a “professional troublemaker” and speak up with confidence in your workplace and community. 

Please consider taking a moment to share feedback about your experience while navigating this 21-Day Equity Challenge.

  • Did you find it valuable?
  • Do you think we should do it again in the future?
  • Are there specific topics you would like us to address?

We welcome any insights you would like to share via the survey below. Thank you!

POST-CHALLENGE SURVEY


Thank you for joining our Stand Against Racism Challenge. Continue the conversation online and connect with others by joining our Racial & Social Justice Facebook group.


Weekly Challenge Blogs

Visit our weekly recap blogs to take a deeper dive on our four Challenge topics, centering them locally. Two of these blogs feature authors from our Racial & Social Justice Committee, Steve Lloyd & Brit Wilson.

Just joining the SAR Challenge? Register and find the previous days here.


Share each challenge online with #SARChallenge

| CHALLENGE | DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5 | DAY 6 | DAY 7 | DAY 8 | DAY 9 | DAY 10 | DAY 11 | DAY 12 | DAY 13 | DAY 14 | DAY 15 | DAY 16 | DAY 17 | DAY 18 | DAY 19 | DAY 20 | DAY 21 |


Image of text on orange background that says, “Invest $21 for 21.”Racial Equity work is consistently underfunded. YWCA needs your help to continue to provide high quality programming like our Stand Against Racism Challenge.

Make a $21 investment in your own anti-racist development and challenge yourself to encourage 21 other people to take the challenge and match your $21 investment.

DONATE TODAY


YWCA and Racial Justice

YWCA agencies across the country are commitment to racial justice and civil rights. Collectively, we are committed to ensuring that everyone is afforded equal protection under the law, and our intersectional mission to eliminate racism and empower women demands that we show up to advocate against the oppression that many groups and individuals endure, including through recognizing the interconnected experiences of discrimination and disadvantage that women face from their overlapping identities.

Too often, stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics are embedded in our laws and public policies. They are also reflected in the use of racial profiling, heightened surveillance tactics, targeted enforcement strategies, and other practices that increase policing of certain racial and ethnic communities (but not others) that lead to criminalization and often the death of people of color.

Learn More About YWCA USA’s Leadership With Racial Equity & Social Justice

YWCA USA Blog Posts

By: Rachel Dannen

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