Structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and affects people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities. Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls and people of color the way we see them: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.
Next year’s Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 28 – May 1, 2022, and will be focused on the theme, We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now! Stay tuned for more details!
Stop AAPI Hate: A Conversation with Leaders of the Frontlines of Awareness and Advocacy was the featured Stand Against Racism Campaign 2021 event for YWCA Glendale and Pasadena. Watch the full event by by clicking the graphic above!
RACISM IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color face economic injustice, social deprivation, and health inequities because racist policies, regulations, and laws created opportunity for some and barriers for others.
Structural racism refers to the totality of ways in which societies foster racial discrimination through mutually reinforcing systems of housing, education, employment, earnings, benefits, credit, transportation, media, health care, and criminal justice that in turn reinforce discriminatory beliefs, values, and distribution of resources.
The American Public Health Association finds racism to be a barrier to health equity and has named racism a driving force of social determinants of health. The social determinants of health—defined as the social, environmental, and economic factors that influence health, including employment, housing, education, access to health care, nutritious food, and public safety—are known to impact life-long health outcomes beginning even before birth.
Racism operates on systemic, institutional, and interpersonal levels, all of which operate throughout time and across generations.
The non-partisan National Partnership for Women and Families has found that in the United States, health and racism are inextricably linked, creating a harmful impact on individuals and communities of color, including unequal access to quality education, employment, livable wages, healthy food, stable and affordable housing, and safe and sustainable communities.
DID YOU KNOW:
On average, white households have nearly seven times the wealth of Black families and five times the wealth of Latinx families.
In the City of Glendale, 10.9% of Black residents live in poverty while comprising 1.6% of the population and 15.3% of Latinx residents live in poverty while comprising 18% of the population, as compared to 17.8% of whites who are 61% of the population.
In the City of Glendale, 74.7% of Latinx residents 25 or older are high school graduates or higher, as compared to 89.3% of whites.
In the City of Glendale, 5,721 Latinx residents and 1,195 Black residents 25 or older have a bachelor’s degree or higher, as compared to 35,817 white residents.
In Los Angeles County, 6.6% of Black and 14.4% of Latinx residents do not have health insurance coverage, as compared to 4.7% of whites.
Across public schools in Glendale of the 2018-2019 school-year, an average of 8.1 of Black students and 3 of Latinx students experienced suspension, as compared to 2.6 of white students and Black residents make up less than 10% of L.A. County’s population, yet they represent a 25% of law enforcement killings.
In the state of California, the teen birth rate for teenagers aged 15-19 is 28 per 1,000 Latinx females and 21 per 1,000 Black females, compared to 8 per 1,000 white females and in Los Angeles County, the infant mortality rate is 10.4 per 1,000 Black births, compared to 3.2 for white births.
As of October 2020, 70 cities have passed resolutions declaring racism a public health crisis and have committed to specific actions to dismantle racism.
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.
*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.
2020 Stand Against Racism Campaign Goes Virtual
At YWCA Glendale the health and safety of our members and community are our top priority. In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, YWCA Glendale has made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Stand Against Racism Roundtable event, originally scheduled for April 28, 2020 and shift the entire week of Stand Against Racism campaign activities to online and social media activities and actions. As a trusted community leader, we play a key role in educating our community about the intersection of racial and health inequities and this year’s campaign will focus on these critical issues. We cannot not allow the fears surrounding COVID-19 to serve as a vehicle for racism or xenophobia. We invite you to join with us to fight discrimination and stigma by taking a virtual #standagainstracism with our online, social media campaign, April 20th – 26th.
STAND AGAINST RACISM 2019
April 30, 2019 – Stand Against Racism event at YWCA Glendale. The event provided safe and non-judgmental space for honest, reflective conversation with members of the community, including faith leaders from Glendale, Hollywood and Inglewood, and Los Angeles neighborhood council members from the foothills communities.The evening began with networking with local residents with opportunities for them to publicly join our pledge to Stand Against Racism.
We then transitioned into the program by having a “fishbowl” discussion with our speakers. Fr. Vazken Movsesian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, Rev. Sherri James of UP Church, Rev. Todd Leonard of Glendale City Church, Shant Sahakian of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education, and Dannielle Johnson, CEO, of Donut Socialite. The conversation touched on topics such as Glendale’s racial history as “Sundown” town, fostering racial and ethnic unity in our schools, racial reconciliation and healing, and how to create racial and ethnic unity.
In the second part of the evening, participants were invited to join in on the conversation to reflect and talk about the difficult issues–all in the spirit that we are all fellow journeyers. As such, we also reminded ourselves, though it’s hard to remember sometimes, that we are more similar than we are different. Through this exercise we discussed how individual and institutional racism impacts us all, but we also explored ways to promote greater appreciation of racial and ethnic unity, and respect for diversity.
Lastly, participants were asked to place on the wall their personal actions and actions they’d like to see YWCA take–in order to reaffirm our collective and individual commitments to #StandAgainstRacism.