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About 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 our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. The campaign kicks off at the end of April each year. 

Take a Stand in Your Community

Stand Against Racism is a national campaign that highlights racial injustice taking place in our communities, the United States, and across the globe. There is so much work to be done. Plan your community's Stand Against Racism event today with the support of YWCA Vermont's Stand Against Racism Toolkit.

YWCA VT's SAR Toolkit - Click Here

This Toolkit contains resources, community contacts, ideas to support youth and adult in taking a stand against racial injustice, and more. Contact YWCA Vermont with any questions about access or implementation of toolkit resources at (802) 862-7520 or

Stand Against Racism 2018

During 2018's Stand Against Racism week YWCA Vermont will be engaging with community members on the Church Street Marketplace and at University of Vermont's Davis Center. YWCA Vermont will be starting conversations about racial injustice in our communities and asking community members to take the YWCA Stand Against Racism Pledge.

YWCA Vermont will also be raising awareness about and collecting signatures for H.794, an act relating to the adoption of ethnic studies standards and statewide education standards, that would create a social and ethnic equity in schools. Learn more about H.794 - click here.

Friday, April 27th 2018 is Stand Against Racism Day as proclaimed by the State of Vermont. In recognition of this important day of work for a more just and equitable society, YWCA Vermont will present the Stand Against Racism Pledge on the floor of the State House.

Find us on Church Street: Tuesday, April 24th between 4pm - 7pm or Thursday, April 26th between 4pm - 7pm

Find us at the Davis Center: Tuesday, April 24th between 11am - 4pm or Thursday, April 26th between 11am - 4pm

Stand Against Racism 2017







In April, 2017 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