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.
September 22: Noon – 1 pm
The New Pennsylvania Project (NPP) was founded in May 2021 to expand Pennsylvania’s electorate so it reflects the Commonwealth’s changing demography. During this Community Voices conversation, Kadida Kenner, the founding Executive Director of the NPP, will discuss how the organization’s voter registration work empowers marginalized communities to shape the future of Pennsylvania. YWCA is proud to host this insightful program ahead of National Voter Registration Day on September 28. Links and resources will be provided that attendees can utilize to encourage voter registration through Pennsylvania’s registration deadline on October 18.
October 5. Noon – 1 pm
Join YWCA Bethlehem for a Community Voices event commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month. Janine Carambot Santoro and Marci Martinez-Howey of the Latino Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley (LLALV) will explore how to be an effective ally to the Latinx community and highlight recent achievements of the and future endeavors of the LLALV.
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.
Stand Against Racism PledgeTake the Pledge today and do better every day.
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.