Racial & Social Justice Related Events
Monthly Diversity Calendar
Each month, we are excited to share with you a calendar, created by Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora, of local and national activities, events, and resources that celebrate diversity. Consider bookmarking this page. Visit regularly to review engagement opportunities happening in Spokane and across the nation.
The Black Lens News Publication
Visit The Black Lens, an independent community publication focused on the news, events, people, issues, and information of importance to the Black community. Sandra Williams, previous YWCA Women of Achievement Award Honoree, is the editor and publisher with a long history of anti-oppression work. She was a founding member of Spokane Community Against Racism (SCAR) and a long time member of the Spokane NAACP.
Learn more about The Black Lens, how to support the paper, and read back issues at blacklensnews.com.
February Is Black History Month / March Is Women’s History Month
The month of February is recognized across the United States and Canada as Black History Month. Some have begun to refer to February as Black Herstory Month, celebrating women of color throughout history who have changed our world for the better.
Each March there is a celebration of Women’s History. As we celebrate the progress of women, we can’t forget that no woman is uplifted until all women are uplifted. Both Black history and women’s history are still being written in our community, and our efforts to progress each story rely on one another for mutual success.
As we transition from one celebration to another, take a moment to read a recent blog post that acknowledges black history as ongoing.
Stand Against Racism
Every April, YWCA agencies across the nation host public events that engage in open and honest dialogue 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.
SAVE THE DATE
Stand Against Racism 2021 will be held on Thursday, April 22nd, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
Registration for this free, virtual courageous conversation will be available soon! Make sure to sign up for our email mailing list to receive updates and follow us on social media.
Learn More about Stand Against Racism as a YWCA USA signature campaign. Click on the links below to view previous Stand Against Racism events in the recent past.
In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each year, YWCA Spokane is proud to honor 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.
While we couldn’t attend a local march or gather for large service projects this year, there are other ways you can honor Dr. King in January and beyond. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Spokane planned the following activities.
- Lasting Legacy Campaign: The MLK Jr Holiday this year marks the 26th anniversary of the day of the service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Donate $26 or more to the Lasting Legacy Campaign benefiting MLK’s Food Bank. To donate: Text MLKJR2021 to 44321 or visit mlkspokane.org
- Donate A Book: Donate a book from this list created by the MLK Center.
- Create Art: Pick up a canvas by Jan 19th. Create a work of art to be displayed at the MLK Center with the theme of “Diversity, Equity & Inclusion” or a portrait of Dr. King. Drop it off to the MLK Center by Feb 25th.
- Create Winter Care Packages for Families:
- Place 1 item each into a Ziploc bag: toothpaste, toothbrush, a pair of adult socks, hats & gloves, disposable face masks, protein bar
Spokane City Council Honors Dr. King
On Wednesday, January 13th, City Council member Betsy Wilkerson along with City Staff hosted a virtual “Talk Back” discussion in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr called MLK: 2021 & Beyond. This created space will provide dialogue between panelists and community members surrounding the work and call for unity by Dr. King. Watch the recording on the Spokane City Council’s Facebook page.
Celebrating Both Dr. King & Coretta Scott King
Today is also an important day to acknowledge the work of Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s wife. As shared by Bernice King, Dr. King’s daughter, “As you honor my father today, please honor my mother, as well. She was the architect of the King Legacy and founder of The King Center, which was founded less than three months after Daddy died. Without Corretta Scott King, there would be no MLK Day.”
In beloved community, we honor both Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Learn more about The King Center.
The Women’s March
YWCA Spokane, along with YWCA agency’s across the nation, proudly support the annual Women’s March. The Women’s March is an opportunity for us to unite as a community and express our solidarity and commitment to the protection of the rights of all women. The Women’s March is a women-led movement bringing together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affiliations, disabilities, and backgrounds to affirm our shared humanity and to stand in solidarity for social justice, racial equity, and women’s rights. Local marches take place in cities all around the nation and world. Please consider joining YWCA Spokane as we gather and march together with other local agencies, individuals, and businesses for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Please follow us on social media to receive updates about the next Women’s March. Through unification and inclusion, we, as a community, will light a fire of change. In Solidarity, we will make a difference! Hear our voice!
Each year (usually in June), the Spokane community comes together to celebrate LGBTQ+ liberation during national PRIDE month. PRIDE is an annual celebration that honors the brave individuals who fought back against police raids in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York. Our team at YWCA Spokane is excited to participate in the parade and celebration each year as well as in the annual resource fair. Make sure to follow us on social media for updates about next year’s celebration. In 2020, YWCA was proud to join the virtual celebration with a special PRIDE video created by staff!
YWCA Spokane Calendar
Watch out for upcoming events from YWCA Spokane on our calendar. On this calendar, we will share with you our public domestic violence education trainings, YWCA facilitated racial and social events, and upcoming opportunities to engage with our campaigns and fundraisers. Make sure to also follow YWCA Spokane on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube for resources, tools, and updates about our work and mission as well as shared information about community partner events.
YWCA 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. 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.
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.