STAND AGAINST RACISM, April 28, 2016
YWCA San Francisco & Marin ?" and ?" Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
BACKGROUND & GOALS
Stand Against Racism is hosted annually as part of YWCA's national strategy to eliminate racism. To learn more about the national program, please visit www.standagainstracism.org.
YWCA San Francisco & Marin will host a public event this year to raise the visibility of our past and present racial justice work with the Chinese-American community and to engage our current partners, clients, and volunteers in racial justice action. We aim to set a tone that is clearly and respectfully aware of the work done by others, thoughtful about our role in contributing to that work, and an opportunity to develop our relationships with our community.
We envision an event centered on Chinese-American identity and community building, engaging attendees in racial justice work through art exhibits, stories of individuals and a panel of speakers. This will be an early evening event with light fare, time for networking, and a short program.
PANEL DISCUSSION: To highlight past and current experiences of race and racism by the Chinese-American community and to advance current conversations about racial equity and bridging divides. Panelists will include:
1. An academic speaker on the history of AAPI communities in the Bay Area and the changing issues of race and racism faced by the Chinese-American community (Confirmed speaker: Ben Fenkel, Angel Island)
2. A representative of the activist community currently working on racial justice issues within the AAPI community (Invited: NAPAWF)
3. A representative of the arts to speak to art's importance in shaping and communicating identities across boundaries, helping people to differentiate themselves and find common ground (Confirmed artists: Chinatown Pretty)
ARTWORK ON DISPLAY: Chinatown Pretty will display their large-format portraits of Chinatown seniors. We also plan to highlight CHSA's many relevant exhibits focused on racial justice. YWCA will display our own historical artifacts related to past racial justice efforts; options include a gallery of our current Apartment's residents' photos and stories of experiencing race in America, and/or a display of archival documents highlighting the many and varied racial justice activities, challenges and victories that the YWCA San Francisco has experienced over the past 150 years.
At the conclusion of the event, there will be a call to action for attendees to sign the Pledge to Stand Against Racism, sign up for advocacy alerts, and participate in our current racial justice efforts. We would welcome additional calls to action that would advance partners' goals as well.