Advocacy & Racial Justice

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Take the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. You will be presented with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, and to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice. We hope you will join us on this journey and we can’t wait to get started!

 

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Challenge yourself to invest in your racial equity and social justice development by joining $21for21. Racial equity work is consistently underfunded. YWCA Allentown and YWCA Bethlehem need your help to provide high quality programming like the 21-Day Challenge. Make a $21 investment in your anti-racist development and encourage 21 other people to take the challenge and match your investment.

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.

Community Voices Series

The Community Voices Series is a new program of YWCA Bethlehem that launched in January 2021. We look forward to providing the Lehigh Valley with monthly forums that blend education, awareness, and advocacy around the topics of racial justice and gender equity. Information for our May and June events will be posted soon.

Past Events

Donate to Racial Justice Programs

Looking ahead…

In April, YWCA Bethlehem will participate in YWCA USA’s Annual Stand Against Racism. This year’s theme is Racism as a Public Health Crisis. Our Community Voices event will examine the intersection of race and health. Details coming soon.

Empowerment & Justice Committee

YWCA Bethlehem’s Empowerment and Justice Committee promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within the YWCA and in the broader Lehigh Valley community. The committee supports programming initiatives, social media campaigns, and community events that highlight our antiracism work and the work of partners who share our vision of a just and equitable world.  The Committee’s work helps to bridge our empowerment programs with our racial justice mission.

If you are interested in joining the Empowerment and Justice Committee contact Program Director Jen Wanisko.