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Public Asked to Participate in 4th Annual YWCA “Stand Against Racism”

 

More than 300,000 individuals expected to take a stand nationwide on April 29th

 

 

Friday, April 29, 2011

www.ywcaprinceton.org    (609) 497-2100 ext. 307

 

 

Local Mercer County Event:

Date:                Friday, April 29th, 2011

Time:               11:00am-12:30 pm

Location:         Mercer County Library at 2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville

Cost:                Free Admission. All are welcome.

Activities:        Film Screening of “Glen Acres: A Story in Black and White”

                        Filmmaker, Diane Ciccone and local residents from Glen Acres will share their experiences 50 years later.

Info:                For more information contact, Debra Raines at (609) 497-2100 ext. 307 or draines@ ywcaprinceton.org.

 

Because racism hurts everyone, the YWCAs of Trenton and Princeton aim to make this year’s “Stand Against Racism,” on April 29th, the most far-reaching ever. What started as a joint initiative between the two organizations to increase awareness just four years ago has grown into a national event with individuals, churches, businesses, and local governments participating. In 2010, there were over a quarter million participants and over 2,000 partnering organizations. Endorsements were received by five U.S. Governors and events were covered by ABC, CBS, NBC and other smaller networks throughout the country.

 

On Friday, April 29, 2011, the YWCA Trenton and Princeton will stand united for the Fourth Annual Stand Against Racism. Local residents are invited to stand against racism by paying homage to a select group of Glen Acres’ residents who chose to take a “stand” in the 1950s when racial prejudice was overt and pervasive. “Glen Acres: A Story in Black and White” a documentary film, allows us to take a look at an important “...experiment of sorts...”  A panel discussion and words from filmmaker Diane Ciccone will follow immediately after the film presentation.  The event will begin at 11:00 am and end by 12:30 pm at the Mercer County Library off Route 1 in Lawrenceville.

 

Special Remarks by World YWCA General Secretary, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda and Founding CEOs, Jose A. Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Trenton and Judy Hutton, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Princeton are sure to open hearts and minds to new perspectives and the richness of diversity.

 

Because the YWCA stands for the right of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect, it believes that the key to effecting real change is to engage individuals and whole communities in a conversation about the issues. On April 29th, it intends to raise awareness of the issues of racism, and to affect real change through a process that identifies and eradicates the barriers that divides people and perpetuates racism and other forms of oppression.

 

“The more participating sites there are, the stronger and more powerful the message of intolerance becomes. Today, we call on local organizations, corporations, churches and other houses of worship, government agencies, and individuals nationwide to become a participating site in the 2011 Stand Against Racism,” announced Jose A. Hernandez, CEO of the YWCA Trenton.

 

How to Host a Local Event

Any organization or group of individuals can become a participating site by signing up at www.standagainstracism.org. It can host its own event, which can be private or open to the public, at its own location.

 

Participation is free and becoming a participating site is very simple. The YWCA will provide all the necessary materials and documents, including a How to Run the Event Template that can be customized to meet the organization’s needs. A toolkit will be mailed to participating event sites that sign up. It includes a choice between buttons or stickers, color bookmarks, and posters.

 

There are a wide range of activities that a participating site can choose from such as work gatherings, rallies, marches, obtaining a proclamation from local governmental authorities, watching a movie, hosting a panel discussion, lighting candles, creating visual representations, hosting a panel discussion, or having members take the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism pledge. Or they can choose to design their own event.

 

Where to Start

On a personal level, there is a wide range of activities that an individual can do towards eliminating racism. They include learning about one’s family ethnic background, noticing how people talk about differences, reading a magazine directed at a different group, or even making a list of personal assumptions about anther ethnic group. And, they are welcome to join a local event listed on www.standagaisntracism.org.

 

 “We invite any group of any size that believes in a society free of racism and dignity for all people to join us on April 29th. It is knowing that each one of us can be “that difference” which facilitates a larger movement locally and globally. And, it all starts with taking that first step,” adds Judith Hutton, YWCA Princeton’s CEO.

 

 

 

Hate Groups

Why take a Stand? Think there’s no racism in your own community? Think again.

 

There are close to 1,000 active hate groups in the United States today. The number of hate groups operating in the United States has grown by 54% in the last eight years. According to the Intelligence Report of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “immigration fears, a failing economy, and the successful campaign of President Obama” all are factors that have fueled the increase. Hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people. They promote hate, hostility, and sometimes violence.

 

The persistence and pervasiveness of racism divides our community and keeps individuals from achieving success in education, economics, employment, and quality of life.  

 

About the Stand Against Racism Movement

The “Stand Against Racism” is an annual event managed by the YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton, N.J., in collaboration with 65 YWCA Associations nationwide. The YWCA has a rich history of advocating for racial justice and has been at the forefront of most major race relations movements in the United States. The YWCA and its local associations affect real change through a process that identifies and eradicates the barriers that divide humans and perpetuate racism and other forms of oppression. Individuals can learn new ways of working cooperatively through shared resources and perspectives.  http://www.standagainstracism.org