YWCA Madison CEO Vanessa McDowell speaks at the YWCA Moxie Conference.

YWCA Madison is calling on all individuals to join them in taking a Stand Against Racism between Thursday, April 26, and Sunday, April 29. YWCA Madison is hoping that their Stand Against Racism campaign will unite the community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism.

“Our nation has experienced some very discouraging moments last year and this year. It has left some of us feeling despondent, hopeless, and afraid,” said YWCA Madison CEO Vanessa McDowell, in a statement. “Now is the time for us to elevate the discussion about racism in our community and to take a Stand Against Racism.”

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of their larger national strategy to fulfill its mission of eliminating racism.

From April 26-29, events are anticipated in nearly every state across the country including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations. Here in Madison, YWCA Madison will be launching its Public Policy and Advocacy Platform at the Wisconsin State Capitol Building in Room 328 NW on Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m. It will be an opportunity to hear from YWCA staff and advocates about the work they are doing and ways the community can get involved in taking a stand against racism.

Participants in YWCA’s Stand Against Racism range from schoolchildren to elected officials, from executives of large corporations to church leaders, and many others.