Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism with YWCA Vermont

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 our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. The campaign kicks off at the end of April each year.  This year we were beyond delighted to partner with the Peace & Justice Center and Arts Riot, to help put forward a public event to stand together against racism and listen with intention to Dr. King’s powerful words. If you missed it, we highly recommend that you watch it here thanks to CCTV. I’m sure you will be moved. The relevance of his words has not faded.

A Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” Speech was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesser known yet equally impactful speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” condemns the violence and atrocities committed by the U.S against the Vietnamese in their foolish bid to stop the spread of communism in Southeast Asia. He highlights the intricacies and parallels of the war waged in Vietnam and against the poor in the U.S as one reflected in the interactions between the three threats facing democracy — racism, classism, and militarism.

Click here to watch a video of our 2017 Stand Against Racism event