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Stand Against Racism Event Goes Virtual

Here at YWCA Glendale, the health and safety of our members and community are our top priority. In light of the COVID-19 health situation, YWCA Glendale has made the difficult decision to cancel its Stand Against Racism event, originally scheduled for April 28, 2020. However, we will still be making a stand and statement April 23rd – 26th, and we hope that you will virtually join us as we take a #StandAgainstRacim.

The theme for this year is “Civic Engagement” with an emphasis on its central role in racial justice work. See below for how to join us virtually and help share the message of eliminating racism!

Stand Against Racism 2020 | April 23 – 26, 2020

This year we are going virtual in the hopes that we can spread our mission to eliminate racism, while adhering to the recommendation from health officials to avoid large gatherings for the foreseeable future.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Announce your participation in and excitement about Stand Against Racism on social media
  • Encourage others to join! Tag your friends and other organization

Share information about Stand Against Racism and direct people to the website:

    • Take a photo or video of yourself holding the poster and what you’re doing to impact the 2020 census or election, and #StandAgainstRacism
    • Use one or all of the hashtags:
      • #StandAgainstRacism
      • #YWCAGlendale
      • #VotingRights
      • #2020Census
    • Tag YWCA Glendale
      • Facebook: @YWCAGlendale
      • Twitter: @ywcaglendale
      • Instagram: @ywcaglendale
    • Sample Social Media Posts
      • Racism is structural and institutional. That’s why I’m joining @YWCAGlendale to #StandAgainstRacism to eliminate racism in our communities [Insert Photo]
      • I’m joining @YWCAGlendale’s #StandAgainstRacism campaign because I want to raise awareness about eliminating racism. Won’t you join us? Share a selfie and visit
      • Together, we can continue to raise awareness about racial equity and the importance of supporting anti-racist efforts. Post your #StandAgainstRacism photo and share your thoughts to help raise awareness and inspire others! [Insert Photo]
      • Everyone deserves justice and equity. That’s why I’m joining @YWCAGlendale’s #StandAgainstRacism campaign to eliminate racism. [Insert Photo]
      • Working to eliminate racism is crucial to the health of our community. I believe each of us must keep doing our part until we achieve racial equity. I’m proud to join @YWCAGlendale’s #StandAgainstRacism campaign. [Insert Photo]
    • Tips for Your Stand Against Racism Photo
      • Make sure your camera lens is clean
      • If you are taking a group photo, make sure everyone’s face is visible
      • Make sure your handwriting on the sign is legible
      • Please do not display any shirts or signage that support or negate a political party or candidate


YWCA Glendale is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. I am taking a stand against racism with YWCA Glendale and hundreds of thousands of people across the country, join us this week during YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism — and every day. 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 Glendale, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society. YWCA Glendale is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA Glendale in taking a stand against racism today and every day.



April 30, 2019 – Last year’s “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.

SAR 2019

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.