This year, we will be focusing on immigration and racism, and the ways in which they intersect. We know that immigrant justice is racial justice, and that xenophobia, bigotry, and racism is continuing to impact the lives and safety of our communities. With ongoing attacks on immigrants taking place in our communities across the country, and with continued xenophobic rhetoric and sentiment amplified across huge media platforms that we engage with every day, we feel like this topic is incredibly timely, appropriate, and relevant for this year’s campaign.
Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of YWCA’s larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.
The campaign was founded by YWCAs Trenton and Princeton in 2007 and adopted by YWCA USA in 2015. Now, YWCAs, community groups, schools, partner organizations, and others across the country participate in Stand Against Racism each year.
Immigrant justice is integral to racial justice work. As civil and human rights continue to be eroded for immigrant communities and people of color, we stand united in solidarity with all immigrants, regardless of status, and communities of color facing the very real threat of racist and xenophobic attacks.