May
10
Thu
Y WOMEN Hope Stones Event @ Tracy Jewelers
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

YWCA Spokane is holding a free Y WOMEN event at Tracy Jewelers and we would like to invite you to join us!

YWCA’s Hope Stones handmade jewelry will be available to customize with hand-stamped charms personalized to you or someone you love. The perfect, thoughtful Mother’s Day gift or special something just for you!

We hope you and your girlfriends stop by and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and appetizers while you mingle and see if a Hope Stones necklace or pair of earring provide for the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Special thanks to Tracy Jewelers for donating all the supplies needed to create Hope Stones jewelry. 100% of proceeds raised go directly to YWCA’s safe shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence.

If you have any questions please contact Melanie Wilson at 509-863-2882 or email melaniew@ywcaspokane.org.

Thank You To Tracy Jewelers For Your Amazing Support!

Sep
13
Thu
Panel Discussion at YWCA for Spokane Women Together: Portraits and Stories @ YWCA Spokane Upstairs Gallery
Sep 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Spokane Women Together’s Portraits and Stories Panel Discussion

highlights the diverse lives of women in our community. We will be hosting a panel discussion in our upstairs gallery to highlight the current Portraits and Stories exhibit.

Event Details:

  • September 13, 2018 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.
  • YWCA Spokane Upstairs Gallery |930 N Monroe St, Spokane WA 99201.
  • This event is free and open to the public, all are encouraged to attend!
  • Please consider letting us know you will be at this event by clicking “Going” on our Facebook page

 

Purpose:

  • Learn more about the diverse lives of women living in our community.
  • Connect as a community.
  • Visit beautiful art.
  • Listen to a collection of wonderfully written stories.

 

Why it Matters:

Developing community is part of our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. By listening to stories of women in our community, we may build relationships with one another. The exhibit and panel have a voice that matters, and we are excited to help them be heard. We cannot accomplish our missions alone; we encourage you to consider attending and being in community with us!

Please see Spokane Women Together’s video on this exhibit below:

 

We hope to see you there!
Jan
19
Sat
Spokane Women+s March @ Spokane Convention Center
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Spokane Women+s March @ Spokane Convention Center

Join YWCA Spokane in marching for the rights and equality of all people! Members of our organization will be marching to show our support of promoting peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.

Along with marching, our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Nimens, along with other YWCA Spokane advocates will be present to teach about our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and creating a safe and healthy community for all people. We will have materials for people of all age groups, and are happy to provide any resources needed. Stop by our booth and speak with an advocate about the ways you can help end violence in our community, about teaching kiddos principles of healthy relationships, or simply to learn more about our mission!

For more information about this event, please contact the Women+s March organizers at contact@womensmarchwastate.org.

Women+s March 2019 Mission Statement:
In alignment with the National Women’s March platform, we adopt the unity principles related to Reproductive Rights, LGBTQIA Rights, Workers’ Rights, Civil Rights, Disability Rights, Immigration Rights, Environmental Justice, and Ending Violence.
To support and honor these principles, Women+s March Spokane endeavors to harness the power of diverse women in our community to create transformative social change; promote civil rights for every human regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, ability, religion, housing or economic status; amplify the work of community leaders and organizations to educate, mobilize, dialogue and engage our community in collective action to advance justice, equity, freedom, and inclusion.

Jan
21
Mon
MLK Day Weekend Celebration of Events @ Spokane Convention Center
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This MLK Day Weekend is full of ways to celebrate! First, on Saturday, January 19th, the MLK Family Outreach Center is hosting a Day of Service to prepare hygiene kits and host a canned food drive to benefit members of the community in need. Sunday’s celebration will be a Day of Fellowship to reflect on all that Dr. King and those involved in his mission did to benefit this country. Lastly, Monday will feature the MLK Day March and Resource Fair, where the community will be marching in support of Dr. King’s mission to advance the rights of African-Americans in the U.S., and to promote our mission of eliminating racism in our community.

Please join YWCA Spokane at the MLK Day March and Resource Fair! First, march with us to show support of African-Americans in our community and advancing the rights of those oppressed in our country. After the March, please come see us at the Resource Fair! Our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator, Nicole Nimens, along with other YWCA Spokane Advocates will be present to teach the community about our Racial and Social Justice work. Come learn how you can become involved in our mission, whether it be hosting a training at work or simply becoming more educated on these issues. We hope to see you there!

Location details-
Saturday’s Day of Service: 500 S Stone St., Spokane WA 99202; 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Sunday’s Day of Fellowship: Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 806 W Indiana Ave, Spokane, WA 99205; 4:00-6:00 pm
Monday’s March and Rally: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, Washington 99201; 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

 

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Feb
14
Thu
The Vagina Monologues-Performed by Gonzaga University Theatre Department @ Gonzaga University Magnuson Theatre
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Thank you, GU Theatre, for your Benefit Performance of the Vagina Monologues!

Gonzaga University’s Theatre Department will be performing Eve Ensler’s groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues on February 14th as part of the annual V-Day campaign to support ending violence against women. As part of the campaign, GU’s Theatre Dept. will be donating 90% of their ticket sales to our Domestic Violence Safe Shelter. In addition, there will be a special performance to honor 1 Billion Rising, a movement also part of the V-Day Campaign that aims to empower women and bring awareness to the fact that statistically, one billion people around the globe will experience sexual assault during their lifetime. Please consider attending what the New York Times called “the most important piece of political theatre of the last decade,” to support those staying in our Shelter.

In addition, Hope Stones will be on sale at the performance. To support our shelter even further, please consider purchasing the perfect Valentine’s gift!

Please consider attending the first performance of The Vagina Monologues ever hosted on Gonzaga’s campus! The performance will be held at the Magnuson Theatre at 502. E Boone Avenue. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here. Support our Shelter and enjoy this tremendous play!

Buy Your Tickets Now

See the flyer below. For more information please contact Olivia Moorer, YWCA Communications Assistant, and The Vagina Monologues Community Producer/Student Director at oliviam@ywcaspokane.org or at 509-961-1548.

Check out the Spokesman-Review article about this year’s production of Vagina Monologues. 

Mar
9
Sat
International Women’s Day Spokane 2019 @ Spokane Community College- Lair Student Center
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join YWCA Spokane at the International Women’s Day celebration on March 9, 2019! YWCA Spokane Staff Members will be present for tabling in addition to assistance with planning the event. There will be speakers, workshops, tabling, and food available to highlight the incredible work women do all over the world every day.

Our 2019 IWD Keynote is Idella “IipaSu-Akii” King, Educational Advocate, in collaboration with the Red Skirt Society. The title of her presentation is “Community Healing Through Female Indigenous Ideologies.” We are excited for her courageous and interactive presentation!

In addition to our keynote, we will have three workshop presentations. Donell Barlow, Certified Holistic Health Coach will be facilitating “Discovering Your Rituals of Self-Care”; Bethany Montgomery and Power 2 the Poetry will be facilitating “Tapping Your Power Within”; and Carmen Pacheco-Jones and Mokeph will be facilitating “Developing Self Compassion through Guided Meditation and Soundscapes.” We are so excited to have these amazing community leaders to teach us all how to create balance for better!

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. To secure your spot at IWD 2019, please register on our Eventbrite page to ensure you hear from our amazing speakers, network with the community, and create balance for better!

Register today


Sponsorship

If you are interested in Corporate Sponsorship for this event, please see our Corporate Sponsorship flyer for more information about the different levels and benefits of donating to this impactful event. If you would like to make a general donation to this event, please feel free to use this form.

*Please note that while the donation page is on YWCA Spokane’s website, proceeds through this form will not benefit YWCA Spokane. All proceeds directly benefit our International Women’s Day celebration. YWCA Spokane serves as a partner with IWD 2019 by processing donations and sponsorships for the IWD 2019 Committee. No donation or sponsorship made through this form will benefit YWCA Spokane’s programs and services. Thank you!

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Please Select Your Corporate Sponsorship Below

If you would prefer to make a general donation, please feel free to use the form below as well.

Questions on Sponsorship or Donations? Please connect with Shannon Cook at Shannon.Cook@scc.spokane.edu or call 509-533-7082.
Apr
26
Fri
Stand Against Racism 2019 @ Empire Health Foundation Philanthropy Center
Apr 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism

2019 Courageous Conversation: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

This April, 40+ YWCA agencies across the nation will host public events that engage in open and honest dialogue, with over 250,000 people, that confront stereotypes and bias as a community. The goal of the annual event is to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. Each courageous conversation provides an opportunity to broaden perspectives, learn new tools, and connect with a diverse community of citizens passionate about eliminating racism in our community.

#standagainstracism

Stand Against Racism 2019

Print signs from YWCA USA.

This year, YWCA Spokane’s courageous conversation will align with YWCA USA’s national theme: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

In addition to bringing awareness to the racism immigrants experience, three immigrants, living in Spokane, will be provided with an opportunity to share their personal experiences. Additional time will be provided for a panel discussion and a question and answer session.

  • What: YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism
  • When: Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 11:30am – 1:00pm
  • Where: Empire Health Foundation, Philanthropy Center, 1020 W Riverside Ave
  • Cost: Free and open to the public (registration required)
  • Questions: community@ywcaspokane.org | 509-789-9312
  • Share: #standagainstracism
  • Food: Lunch will be provided for guests

This event is made possible by Providence Health Care and  YWCA Spokane’s Racial and Social Justice Committee, led by YWCA Spokane Board Members Kiana McKenna, Kate Burke, and Dr. Shari Clarke.

“YWCA’s Stand Against Racism event will be a time for us, as a community, to stand together and say, ‘No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.’,” states Kiana McKenna, YWCA Board Member and Co-Chair of the YWCA Spokane Racial and Social Justice Committee. “It is our responsibility to stand up for those most vulnerable and marginalized in our community, and this event gives us an opportunity to do so. We are stronger together.”


Event Registration Is Now Closed

We have reached maximum capacity for attendance at this year’s Stand Against Racism courageous conversation. We are so grateful for the extraordinary response to this year’s event. Thank you!

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  • Consider joining our recurring community of monthly donors in support of YWCA’s mission and work. Donate Today.
  • Learn more about Stand Against Racism and other ways to join YWCA Spokane’s racial and social justice work.  Learn More.

Support This Work


Meet Our Panelists

Thank you to our incredible speakers for volunteering their time to tell their courageous stories. Learn more about these women below!

Rosemary Muriungi

Rosemary is a Ph.D. Candidate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. She has broad experience in academic, international non-governmental, and global multilateral organizations advocating for girl education, children’s rights, and sustainable human development. Prior to her doctoral studies at Gonzaga, she was Deputy Head of Human Resources Management at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Kenya. She thrives on developing talent and leadership capacity in youth and women. Her research interests include higher education of under-served populations, women leadership, organizational leadership and development, humanitarianism, and micro/small business development. She is an active community member and serves on several boards in her home country Kenya and in the United States.


Naghmana Sherazi

Naghmana Ahmed-Sherazi an educator and scientist born in Karachi, Pakistan and came to Spokane in 2012. She finds happiness through involvement with the Spokane community, and building relationships. She is part of several local groups such as Spokane Women Together, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Faith Leaders, and Leaders of Conscience, Peace & Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) and Spokane Faith & Values.
She meets for potlucks and has built a community of friends with people of all faiths — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, and Christian, as well as people of different ethnicities. They connect around food, sharing their heritage, values, and stories; educating each other so they stand up for each other’s rights! They understand where they are coming from and how they can work together to make this a better world for all children.

She worked in 2017/2018 to block Proposition 1 being put on the ballot, a racial profiling initiative that would have allowed any city employee to ask anyone for their documents. She also helped start the No Discrimination Spokane Campaign.

Currently she is involved with Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, Refugee Connections Spokane, Muslims for Community Action and Support, Center for Justice, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition APIC – Spokane, Spokane Coalition of Color (an amalgamation of the leadership of Spokane NAACP, ACLU, HBPA, and APIC), and was one of our highlighted speakers at the Women’s March earlier this year!


Lili Navarrete

Lili Navarrete immigrated with her family from Mexico City in 1988. She graduated from EWU with a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs and with minors in Economics and Business Administration. Advocacy is a major and important part of her career and her employer for the last 3 years, Planned Parenthood, has given her the tools, support, and platform to advocate for vulnerable and marginalized communities. She is currently the Volunteer Program and Raiz Manager at Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. Recently, she served on the International Women’s Day Committee to bring balance for better to the Spokane Community.


YWCA’S NATIONAL STAND AGAINST RACISM PLEDGE

As a part of YWCA National’s annual campaign, an opportunity is provided to take a pledge to stand united in our efforts to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.

During the event, YWCA Spokane will encourage the community to join their pledge to stand against racism by signing a pledge banner which will display at YWCA Spokane’s office. Community members will also be encouraged to complete YWCA USA’s online pledge listed below.

Please consider joining YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country who will engage with us this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism – and every day.

Stand Against Racism Pledge

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis;

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

Sign The Pledge


Thank you to our Racial & social justice committee for making this possible!

We appreciate your commitment to serving our community. You truly embody the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women!

Kate Burke | Committee Co-Chair
Kiana McKenna | Committee Co-Chair
Christina Kamkosi
Claudine Richardson
Dora “Duaa-Rahemaah” Williams
Erica Schreiber
Julie Schaffer
Kate Sowers
Laura McAloon, YWCA Spokane Board Vice Chair
Laura Vickers, YWCA Spokane Board Treasurer
Leann Ledford
Nicole Rosenkrantz
Rachel Bechtol
Regina Malveaux
Shari Clark
Tracie Meidl

Jun
8
Sat
2019 Pride Parade and Rainbow Festival @ Downtown Spokane
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us at pride!

YWCA Spokane is proud to march in the 2019 Pride Parade and table at the 2019 Rainbow Festival! Come march with our advocates as we show our support for the LGBT community.

For those who want to march with YWCA Spokane, we will gather at the red radio wagon in Riverfront Park at 11:40am. For those who arrive a bit later, you can find us with our “Serves All, Proudly.” banner, in the march line up. Please consider arriving early as parking may become difficult to find.

PRIDE 2019: To Thrive, Not Just Survive.

This year’s parade theme is “To Thrive, Not Just Survive.” The parade and festival also honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a turning point in the gay rights movement. Help us honor all the brave individuals who fought back against police raids at the Stonewall Inn in 1969, whose courage still influence communities today.

Learn more about PRIDE 2019


Schedule of Events

Join YWCA Spokane for the Parade, and then see us at the Rainbow Festival!

  • Noon – 1 pm
    Pride Parade – see the 2019 Parade Route
  • Noon – 6 pm
    Festival Booths – at Riverfront Park
    Festival Entertainment
    Teen Zone
    Family Area
  • Noon – 10 pm
    Pride Bar Sponsored Nyne Bar & Bistro
  • 6 – 10 pm
    All Ages Dance Party hosted by DJ Jewels
  • 10 pm
    Pride Fireworks Show

This event is not facilitated by YWCA Spokane. YWCA Spokane strives to promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all, and will be at PRIDE events in support of promoting equity and justice for LGBT communities. 


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Apr
23
Thu
Stand Against Racism 2020 Tele-Town Hall @ Your Home!
Apr 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

YWCA Is On A Mission To Stand Against Racism

We take a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice.

This April, 40+ YWCA agencies across the nation will host public events that engage in open and honest dialogue, with over 250,000 people, that confront stereotypes and bias as a community. The goal of these annual events is to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism.

Each courageous conversation provides an opportunity to broaden perspectives, learn new tools, and connect with a diverse community of citizens passionate about eliminating racism in our community.

#standagainstracism

Stand Against Racism 2020

This year, YWCA USA is hosting a tele-town hall to kickstart these initiatives across the country as communities adjust to the COVID19 pandemic and change their individual event structures. 

Voting rights, census participation, and civic engagement are, and have always been, essential to racial justice. As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts all aspects of life, it is also exacerbating the impact of systemic and structural racism on communities of color across health, education, justice, and economic sectors. In this moment, our collective efforts to secure full access at the ballot box, to ensure a fair and complete Census count, and to stand against racism—whenever and wherever it happens—are more important than ever.

Join us for a national tele-town hall where we will:
  • Explore the issues with national leaders in the movement for racial justice and gender equity
  • Learn best practices and build skills for effective civic engagement amidst social distancing
  • Motivate and inspire our nationwide networks for the work of racial justice

In this critical moment for our nation, our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

Speakers include:
  • Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA
  • Cecile Richards, Co-chair, Supermajority
  • Vanita Gupta, President & CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
  • Valerie Jarrett, Co-Chair, United State of Women & When We All Vote
  • Ai-Jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Virginia Kase, CEO, League of Women Voters
  • Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, National Council on Black Civic Participation

Event Registration

Please follow this link or click the button below to RSVP for the engaging, educational event.

REGISTER NOW


Amplify Your Impact

  • Consider joining our recurring community of monthly donors in support of YWCA’s mission and work. Donate Today.
  • Learn more about Stand Against Racism and other ways to join YWCA Spokane’s racial and social justice work.  Learn More.

Support This Work


YWCA’S NATIONAL STAND AGAINST RACISM PLEDGE

As a part of YWCA National’s annual campaign, an opportunity is provided to take a pledge to stand united in our efforts to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.

During the event, YWCA Spokane will encourage the community to join their pledge to stand against racism by signing a pledge banner which will display at YWCA Spokane’s office. Community members will also be encouraged to complete YWCA USA’s online pledge listed below.

Please consider joining YWCA and hundreds of thousands of people across the country who will engage with us this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism – and every day.

Stand Against Racism Pledge

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice, and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers, and those I encounter on a daily basis;

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

Sign The Pledge

Jan
13
Wed
MLK: 2021 & Beyond @ Virtual Event
Jan 13 @ 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Each January, YWCA Spokane is proud to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. by joining the annual march, rally, and resource fair facilitated by the MLK Jr. Family Outreach Center. We look forward to joining together with staff and supporters as we listen to inspiring speakers and gather together in unity to honor this important day.

This year, due to the pandemic, there will be a virtual celebration available. On Wednesday, January 13th, City Council member Betsy Wilkerson along with City Staff will host a virtual “Talk Back” discussion in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This created space will provide dialogue between panelists and community members surrounding the work and call for unity by Dr. King.

You can watch the event at:

Public Testimony sign-up is January 13th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm at https://forms.gle/GE9zZ4g6nBLJCwZH9

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