A positive outcome from this acrimonious election is the shining of light into the shadows of our culture where racism and sexism exist, but have not been easily seen and therefore denied by some to exist at all. This provides an opportunity for us to carry that light forward, stand in solidarity and confront the underlying prejudices and practices that deny far too many full opportunities to pursue and achieve their human potential.
Change will come through our willingness to be open to different perspectives and engage in civil dialogue that may make us uncomfortable, but will ultimately foster compassion and understanding. It will also come through our ability to challenge the institutions and policies that have perpetuated the marginalization of certain communities. YWCA has led this work for decades - taking on predatory lending, housing discrimination, lack of opportunity to build assets, and instead offering financial literacy, housing counseling and small business planning to women and communities of color.
Over the last 3 years, we have made more than $500,000 in requests to public and private community partners to revitalize our racial justice program. Regrettably, less than a fifth of those were filled due to competing priorities for community investment. The lack of funding resources significantly hampers our ability to advance the work. We view progress in racial and social justice as a priority. If you do, too, we ask that you stand with us. With your help, we can fill the gaps and concentrate our efforts to ensure peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all becomes a reality.
Take care of yourselves and each other,