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YWCA Boulder County
Phone: (303) 718-3373
YWCA Boulder County Announces Stand Against Racism Week April 22-29, 2019
Events Planned for Boulder County and in More Than 40 States Across Country
BOULDER, CO – April 10, 2019 – YWCA Boulder County calls all individuals to join us in taking a Stand Against Racism between Monday, April 22 and Monday, April 29. Stand Against Racism will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism.
“At YWCA, Stand Against Racism is a national opportunity for communities across the United States to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice,” said Debbie Pope, CEO of YWCA Boulder County. “Through this annual campaign, we invite community members to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a stand against racism,” Pope added.
During this powerful week, events are planned in nearly every state across the country including engagement in public policy and advocacy, community education, and public proclamations. Here in Boulder County the YWCA will holding the following events:
- Tuesday, April 23: free film screening of the documentary, 13th, by Director Ava DuVernay, who also directed Selma, followed by a community discussion facilitated by Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty and Deputy Director of Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Juston L. Cooper, M.P.A. The screening and discussion will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Nomad Theater located at 1410 Quince Avenue in Boulder. Please RSVP by calling the YWCA at: (303) 443-0419.
- Tuesday, April 23: Reading to End Racism for students at Alicia Sanchez International School in Lafayette, Colorado.
- Thursday, April 25: YWCA Boulder County Community Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the YWCA’s offices located at 2222 14th Street in Boulder. Please join us to learn about the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, share perspectives and goals for community members and agencies, and help develop strong next steps in creating a more welcoming and equitable community. Those interested in being part of the discussion should contact Debbie Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saturday, April 27: Fourth Annual THRIVE Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Front Range Community College Boulder County Campus located at 2190 Miller Drive in Longmont, Colorado. The THRIVE bilingual conference is aimed at helping Boulder County residents needing to build assets such as homes, businesses, post-secondary education, health insurance, and social justice. Participants will learn about resources that are available to them and will leave the conference with clear next steps. This conference is free of charge and lunch is provided. Children activities are included to make it easier for working parents to attend. Please RSVP at 2019ThriveConf.Eventbrite.com
- Monday, April 29: Reading to End Racism for students at Birch Elementary School in Broomfield, Colorado.
Participants in YWCA’s Stand Against Racism range from schoolchildren to elected officials, from owners of small businesses to church leaders, and many others. For more details, to register your own event or look up a participating site, visit www.StandAgainstRacism.org. For more information on local events, please contact the YWCA Boulder County at (303) 443-0419.
Since YWCA USA’s founding in 1858, YWCA has been at the forefront of the most critical social movements. This rich history, along with its current program offerings, makes YWCA USA the oldest, largest, and one of the most accomplished multiracial organizations in the fight for social justice. In Boulder, YWCA has evolved over the years from boarding house to social club and today is a human service agency. The organization is a non-sectarian nonprofit that is not affiliated with any religious group, and is a publicly funded, inclusive organization that welcomes everyone to participate, male and female alike.
Throughout the last century, women have come to YWCA to find housing assistance, business advice, career counseling, fitness classes, and affordable childcare. Beginning in the 1980s, community members could count on YWCA Boulder County to provide low-cost parenting classes and valuable resources to support healthy self-esteem and economic self-sufficiency. Our wide range of programs continue to provide services to those who need them.
About YWCA Boulder County
YWCA Boulder County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The organization has been providing a variety of vital services to the women, children, and families of Boulder for over 95 years. YWCA Boulder County is a welcoming human service agency that works with over 6,000 individuals annually. For more information on our programs, visit: www.ywcaboulder.org/.
About YWCA USA
YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families. YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for 160 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more at www.ywca.org.
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