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Together, we can build a beloved community. To get there, it will require action from us all.
Every person is responsible for creating real change. Part of that responsibility is to become more aware. Too often, stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics are embedded in our reactions to each other, our laws, and in our public policies. Knowledge is power and educating ourselves is critical in our commitment to racial and social justice.
Below, you will find a variety of resources and tools to support you with learning about issues related to race, power, privilege, and equitable leadership. We encourage you to explore these resources individually as well within a group setting. Consider joining our Racial and Social Justice Facebook group, which is a community of people who are interested in sharing resources, having courageous conversations, and learning and growing together.
Racial Justice Challenge
The Equity Challenge was originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving and has been adapted by many organizations across the country over the last few years.
Each year, YWCAs across the country come together to engage in a nationwide challenge. As we move in a new direction, the name of our challenge has changed to the Racial Justice Challenge 21-Day Stand Against Racism (SAR) Challenge. Additionally, weekly blogs from our YWCA Spokane Racial & Social Justice Learning Community will be released with localized content related to the weekly themes released by the national organization.
Learn & Give Challenge
At YWCA Spokane, we see our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women as one mission.
We believe in a community where all women, children, and families have a safe place to live. A place where women have the opportunity to earn a livable wage and families can live free from violence, in peace, and with dignity.
This vision is hollow if we ignore the compounded intersections of race, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity–and especially if we ignore the experiences of women of color, who have long been leaders in anti-racist and women’s rights movements.
As part of YWCA’s ONE MISSION Campaign, the Learn & Give Challenge offers you and your circle of friends, co-workers, and family a special way to join together and make real and lasting change in our community.
Cultural Competency Exercises
These exercises can be explored in group settings in order to foster the ability to understand, appreciate, and interact with people from cultures or belief systems different from one’s own. Share these tools with friends, family, your church, or within a work environment.
When we’re expected to take care of others emotionally and physically, taking time, energy, and resources for ourselves can feel shameful. Through this Prevention At Home Series, YWCA Spokane’s staff have joined together to create a unique online engagement opportunity focused on cultivating increased community education and awareness surrounding issues related to intimate partner domestic violence and self-care during the pandemic.
YWCA USA Resources
- Roe v. Wade Overturned: What You Need to Know
- We Stand Against Racism Because We Can’t Wait: We Need Equity & Justice Now!
- Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson: Herstory Made on the Supreme Court
- The Unsung Legacy of Black Feminism: From Jane Crow to Intersectionality