Later this month the Yakima YWCA will take a Stand Against Racism during a series of events. Officials with the Yakima YWCA say Yakima's Stand Against Racism provides an opportunity to join communities across the United States to oppose racism and to unite voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.
The theme this year is “From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis can advance the work of justice in your community and empower people of color”.
You are invited to join the Yakima YWCA to show your support and stand against racism during events that start on April 22.

COVID-19 has hampered many events, demonstrations and marches but organizations like the YWCA have been able to craft the events in a way that everyone can stay safe while participating.

Sidewalk demonstrations are planned for;

Thursday, April 22 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in West Valley at 72nd and Tieton. Signs are welcome. Masks are required.
Friday, April 23 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Selah in front of the Selah Civic Center. Signs are welcome. Masks required.

A Chalk Art Event is also planned for;
Saturday, April 24th 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m at Single Hill. Partners Single Hill at 102 North Naches, NAACP, and Meraki creations will provide snacks. Masks required.
A Stand Against Racism Virtual Event is set for;

Sunday, April 25 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Facebook where you can join the YWCA virtually in taking the pledge to stand against racism. Hear from four community leaders who are raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism.

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