RACIAL JUSTICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS
Promoting racial justice and equity throughout Northwest Ohio.
The YWCA of Northwest Ohio’s approach to racial justice goes beyond changing hearts and minds. We strive to transform communities, systems, and public policy,
What We Are Doing:
Community Book Discussions
Live racial and social justice community book discussions are available on Zoom. Each book discussion will be held at 10:00 a.m. and at 7:00 p.m. The book selections are listed below. Please click here to register. The zoom link will be emailed to registrants before the book discussion.
Join us for the 2021 MLK Community Read and Book Discussion on Sunday, January 17th at 7:00 pm. As a part of the Martin Luther King Unity Day Celebration, we are collaborating with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Inc., the University of Toledo, and the City of Toledo to host a book discussion featuring I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. The Toledo native, a New York Times best-selling author, will serve as the keynote for the January 18 virtual event. Click here to register for the discussion. The link will be emailed to you prior to the event. You can obtain the book in many formats from @ToledoLibrary.
Thank you for stopping by to learn more about the challenge. The YWCA Cleveland is instrumental in helping us to execute this challenge. Our new 21 Day Challenge will begin March 1, 2021 and will contain all new content.
WHAT IS THE 21 DAY RACIAL EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CHALLENGE?
The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
You will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.
WHAT INSPIRED YWCA’S 21 DAY CHALLENGE?
We want to thank Food Solutions New England for inspiring this challenge. They were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Eddie Moore and Debby Irving’s book into the interactive 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge, which they launched in 2014. They are entering their sixth year of coordinating the Challenge with more than 3,000 participants in 700 zip codes across the country.
This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you’ll join us and accept this challenge.
Stand Against Racism, our annual campaign which builds community among those who work for racial justice, raises awareness about racism, and encourages community members to take action for change.
The YWCA of Northwest Ohio and Healthy Lucas County presented this webinar about race and equity. The speaker is Dr. Pam Oatis, MD, FAAP. She is a pediatrician, Medical Ethicist Mercy St. Vincent and Chair IRB Mercy Toledo Region North.
Dialogue to Change is a community enrichment program that seeks to create communal programming that efficiently advocates, while simultaneously championing and supporting Whole-Community empowerment and change. Dialogue to Change employs “face to face” facilitated conversation between members of two or more social identity groups, in an effort to positively inform, and wholeheartedly impact all groups about amicable cultural etiquette. With a focus on racial communicative etiquette, Dialogue groups give the participants the safety and freedom to discuss race, cultural differences and shed light on their own implicit biases.
Future sessions are forthcoming. Please click here to complete the interest form.
YWCA supports measures at the national, state, and local levels to advance and ensure human rights for women and girls around the world. YWCA NWO supports the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a comprehensive, international agreement on eliminating discrimination against women in every sphere – economic, political, and social.
Calling Social Justice Orgs.
We are looking to collect contact information for social justice organizations in the community so that participants of our Racial Justice training and Dialogue to Change workshops.
Racial Justice Resources
We have created a racial justice resource webpage on our site. If you are interested in uploading content to the webpage, use the button below to fill out the form and upload your resource.
If you have any questions about our racial justice department, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.241.3235 ext. 122.