Hightlights of the 2011 Stand Against Racism™...

The 2011Stand Against Racism™ took place on April 29, 2011. A total of 2,151 organizations participated in the Stand Against Racism™ in 39 states across our country. This was a great collaboration of 71 YWCA Associations.

We are estimating that approximately 267,000 people took a Stand Against Racism™!

Below are pictures and videos of some of the over 2,000 Stands that took place around the country.

Massachusetts - Forming a Bridge Against Racism in Boston

boston, human chain, summer bridge

Hundreds of people took a Stand Against Racism™ by gathering and forming a human chain across the Summer and Congress street bridges in downtown Boston. Click here to read the full article by the Boston Globe.

Kansas - NBC's Coverage of YWCA Topeka's Stand Against Racism™

"Taking a Stand Against Racism™ from Maine to Hawaii... and right here in the heart of America"

A Message from the World-Wide General Secretary of the YWCA, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda


North Carolina - Buncombe College Student's RANT Against Racism

Buncombe College, soap box, stand against racism

Students at Buncombe County Early College Staged a Rant Againt Racism following their Stand Against Racism™ on Thursday. Students delivered "soap box" speeches during lunch in an effort to end racism in their community.

New York - The YWCA of New York City's Stand in Central Park

central park, ywca nyc, stand

Connecticut - Human Chains in Hartford

phoenix, hartford, ywca

Phoenix employees in Hartford, CT locked arms to make a Stand Against Racism™ Human Chain led by Jim Wehr, president and CEO, Phoenix.  To learn more about the Stand Against Racism™ in Hartford, click here.

Florida - Empire Beauty School in West Palm Beach

empire beauty school

There were over 60 people in attendance at our Stand Against Racism™ Seminar proctored by Barbara Chieves.  It was a motivational and eye opening seminar.  All attendees signed the poster in the picture to “Stand Against Racism™.”

South Carolina - The College of Charleston Takes a Stand Against Racism™

college of charleston

Click here to learn more about the Stand Against Racism™ in Charleston.


Wisconsin - Middle School Students in Marshall, WI Take a Stand

Marshall, WI

Over 200 students participated at Marshall's Stand Against Racism™ Rally organized by PLAID (People Learning About Individual Differences).  

New York - County Executive Takes a Stand

Sherry Rounds, Kathy Jimino, Rensselaer 

Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino & YWCA Executive Director Sherry Rounds take a Stand in Troy, NY.

California - Oakland Community Center's Stand Against Racism™

Oakland Community Center


Massachusetts - YWCA Boston's Stand Attracts Hundreds



Hawaii - Stand Against Racism™ Events in Kauai, Hawaii

Dancing, singing and drawing for racial unity, sponsored by YWCA, Kauai, HI

New York - Mirror Show's Walk Around Town

Mirror Show, NY


Mirror Show Management in NY hosted a one-mile walk around town wearing Stand Against Racism™ t-shirts, then met back at our office for lunch.  Employees were invited to sign a Stand Against Racism™ pledge board.

Washington DC - Stand Against Racism™ at the U.S. Capitol


Over 250 afterschool advocates from SOWA (School's Out Washington) take their Stand to the U.S. Capitol

Alaska - Anchorage School District Creates Stand Against Racism™ PSA

Anchorage School District

Watch this powerful video created by the Anchorage School District's Training and Professional Development as part of their Stand Against Racism™ event.

Rhode Island - The YWCA's Stand Against Racism™ Goes to Northern Rhode Island

Sponsored by the YWCA Northern Rhode Island.

New York - Hundreds Line Up the Streets near Capital City of Albany


Supporters line the street with signs and cheers to Stand Against Racism™.


Missouri - High School Students in Saint Joseph, Missouri Take a Stand

Central High School, St. Joseph, Stand Against Racism

Students from Central High School in Saint Joseph Missouri volunteered during their lunch periods to Stand Against Racism™.  Students pledged by signing their names to the school banner.   

New Jersey - YWCA Eastern Union County's Stand

YWCA Eastern Union County

YWCA Eastern Union County staff was joined by United Way representatives and community members for an interactive panel presentation about Racism Today, and then gathered across from City Hall for a rally, where the YWCA received a proclamation from Elizabeth City Council.

Nebraska - Families Gathered at Grace Abbott Park for YWCA Stand Against Racism™

Grace Abbott

Sponsored by the YWCA Grand Island YWCA, the “Stand Against Racism™: Community Night Out” was the culmination of a number of activities during the week that focused on the theme of fighting racism and discrimination. Click here to read more.

Alaska - Abbott Loop Elementary School in Anchorage Takes a Stand

Rosa Parks, Abbott Loop, Alaska

Students re-enact Rosa Parks' Bus Story as part of their Stand Against Racism™ event.

New York - YWCA Jamestown's Stand


The YWCA Jamestown organized a march as part of their Stand Against Racism™.

New Jersey - YWCA Bergen County

Bergen County, John Driscoll, Jr.

A large crowd gathers for the YWCA Bergen County's Stand Against Racism™ at Paramus Mall. Pictured above is Freeholder John Driscoll, Jr. To see more pictures, click here.

Massachusetts - Using Food as a Way to Celebrate Diversity and Stand Against Racism™

DiCicco, Gulman & Co

The Firm, DiCicco, Gulman & Company in Woburn, Mass held a World Fair at their office as part of the Stand Against Racism™. They celebrated diversity through food. Different employees brought in dishes that represented their heritage. It was a delicious day and a great way to take a Stand Against Racism™!

For additional pictures and stories, please visit our Facebook Page.

Additional Newspaper Articles Regarding the 2011 Stand Against Racism™

YWCA Greenwich, CT rallies support for Stand Against Racism™ Day

Pekin, IL residents ‘Stand Against Racism™’

Taking a 'Stand Against Racism™' in Grand Island, Nebraska

'Stand Against Racism™' poetry slam by Charleston Gazette

St. Petersburg, FL groups unite for Stand Against Racism™

NBC’s Coverage of the Stand in Topeka, Kansas

West Virginia’s Channel 12 News Coverage of the Stand

Niagara Falls Students Take a Stand Against Racism™

Kankakee County Takes a Stand Against Racism™

Milwaukee Students Stand Against Racism™

Holocaust stories recited in Pittsburgh during YWCA's Stand

Over 100 Groups in Boston Take a Stand Against Racism™

Raleigh, North Carolina residents take 'Stand Against Racism™'

Organizations, businesses taking Stand Against Racism™ in Grand Island, Nebraska

ABC News: Topekans join national effort to Stand Against Racism™

NBC News: Roanoke takes a Stand Against Racism™

YWCA Stand Against Racism™ in Fargo, North Dakota

Stand Against Racism™ with YWCA Tulsa

Phoenix Sororities Take a Stand Against Racism™ in Arizona

YWCA Northern Rhode Island taking Stand Against Racism™

Minersville, PA students take Stand Against Racism™

Bubbles, balls and hula hoops in YWCA’s Stand Against Racism™ – Nebraska


What You Can Do To Help:

  • Volunteer at your local YWCA to promote the movement locally.
  • Organize a stand in 2012 (registration opens in the Fall 2011).
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    Thank you!
To see highlights of the 2010 Stand Against Racism™, please click here.


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