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Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism 2021 Event

Racism is a Public Health Crisis

Thank you to our partners, State Representatives and community members who joined us today to stand against racism and declare it a human rights and public health crisis. 

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.

As Delaware and out nation continue to face the intersecting public health crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice—we united on April 22nd with individuals and allied groups in our Delaware communities for a historic event focusing on the the racial justice issues that impact the health and safety of communities of color.

EVENT:  YWCA Delaware and partners unite with Representative Melissa Minor-Brown and Representative Kendra Johnson as they introduced the Resolution: RECOGNIZING THAT RACISM IS A HUMAN RIGHTS and PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS.

WHEN:  April 22, 2021 at 11am

Carvel Delaware State Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

DANA, United Way of Delaware, Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative (DRJC), ACLU of Delaware, Black Mothers in Power, Building People Power, Common Cause Delaware, Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence, The Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware Poor People’s Campaign, Division of Public Health, Islamic Society of Delaware, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, NAACP Delaware, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Delaware, Network Delaware, Southern Delaware Racial Justice Alliance, The Church Episcopal of Delaware, UD Partnership for Healthy Communities and YMCA of Delaware.

Recording of YWCA Delaware’s local event on April 22nd, 2021:

Stand Against Racism 2021 Event

About Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism (SAR) is an annual campaign of YWCA USA, designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and raise awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism. This annual campaign provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a stand against racism, and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

SAR is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, SAR quickly grew to a national presence by 2010, when an additional 80 YWCAs across the nation participated. The Stand Against Racism campaign takes place every April.

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. Take the pledge to #StandAgainstRacism below!


This town hall meeting was held by YWCA USA on April 22nd, 2021 exploring how we can address Racism as a Public Health Crisis on a national level: