Racial Justice

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Observance

Gather with us on Monday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to examine the critical work that remains for us today to fulfill his dream of racial equality. This one-hour online event will feature a welcome from YWCA Bethlehem, a shared viewing experience of King’s I Have a Dream speech, discussion in a small group breakout session, and a reading of YWCA USA’s Stand Against Racism Pledge with an opportunity for attendees to commit or recommit to antiracism efforts in our community. Breakout room facilitators will use recent headlines from national news sources to examine the persistent challenges of racial violence, systemic racism, and discrimination.

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Pushout: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

YWCA Bethlehem and VAST invite the Bethlehem Area School District and the Lehigh Valley community to participate in a courageous conversation about educational equity and racial justice. At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 12, the YWCA will host a virtual screening of Dr. Monique Morris’ documentary Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. This event will feature a welcome from YWCA Bethlehem, a shared viewing experience of the documentary, a brief breakout session, and a Q & A session with community leaders.

This antiracism workshop will be of great interest to community members with an earnest commitment to racial justice, educational equity, or girl empowerment.

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Stand Against Racism Pledge

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.  I am taking a stand against racism with YWCA. By taking the Pledge, I commit to “do the work” to make the Lehigh Valley a more safe, just, and equitable place for all.

Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope:

  • I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society;
  • I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;
  • I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis;
  • I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.
YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

Stand Against Racism Pledge

Take the Pledge today and do better every day.
*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.