For years, the Village of Skokie has participated in the Evanston-North Shore YWCA's annual Stand Against Racism initiative. The Village takes a Stand Against Racism every day by raising awareness about the impact of institutional and structural racism and by building community among those who work for racial justice. This photo from 2020 shows Skokie Human Relations Commissioner members Maria Monastero Bueno (Chairman) and Karen Lise Sherman (Commissioner) outside of Skokie Village Hall.
From the YWCA website:
The YWCA’s 15th annual Stand Against Racism will take place locally on April 21 and 22, 2021. The theme this year is “From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis.”
The annual YWCA Stand Against Racism provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.
We know that structural racism plays a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age. These factors affect people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Understanding and addressing systemic racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.
Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.
Join us for Stand Against Racism 2021! Ways that you participate this year: