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Volume 1

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

Summer 2021

June 2021

May 2021

March 2021

February 2021

 

Volume 2

January 2022

February 2022

March 2022

April 2022

 

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Press Releases/Announcements

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces New President & CEO, Tracy Williams

YWCA SEW Welcomes Jomarie Coloriano, Bobby Griffin III & Brigitte Hyler Richerson 

Rockwell Automation Awards $125,000 to YWCA Southeast Wisconsin to Support Racial Justice Work

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin and YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee Bring Milwaukee Leaders Together for Stand Against Racism 2021

Partner Lindsey Davis Elected Board Chair of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin for 2021

Racial justice organization also elects new Board Chair and Vice Chair

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Receives Rockwell Automation Grant

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Receives Grant from Google.org to Empower Women and Underserved Americans

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Appointment of Interim President and CEO

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Increases Volunteer Engagement with Kohl’s

Racine Based Women’s Empowerment Organization to Host Intimate Discussion on Insurance

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Racine Partnership Highlighted in National Initiative In Partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Ballmer Group

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Begins Search For Next President & CEO

Event News

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces this year’s An Evening to Promote Racial Justice One Mission Awardees

Local Artists Bring New Perspectives to YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s 17th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice on December 9th, Kohls and Other Community Enterprises Join Growing Sponsor List

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Presenting Sponsors for 17th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice

16th annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice set for December 9th Virtual event will honor the remarkable advocacy of regional women leaders

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Virtual Experience for 25th Annual Circle of Women: Face of the Future

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Announces Eliminating Racism and Racial Justice Legacy Award Recipients

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s 24th Annual Circle of Women: Stand with Her.  Brewers Community Foundation To Be Exclusive Presenting Sponsor For 2019 Circle Of Women Stand With Her

YWCA SEW Statements

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin’s Statement following the Verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Statement on Breonna Taylor

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin on the Murder of George Floyd

Women’s Equality Day. Voting.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Chief Racial Justice Officer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin What is Women’s Equality Day? The National Women’s History Alliance states “At the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971 and passed in 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The date was selected to commemorate the 1920… Continue Reading Women’s Equality Day. Voting.

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Friday, July 24, 2020

Written by John Contreras, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager, YWCA SEW As Minority Mental Health Month continues, the chance to reflect on how important maintaining my mental health is clear. As a person of color, I was often met with ridicule for discussing my mental health, or suggesting support for others via a therapist. Unfortunately,… Continue Reading Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ Pride

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Chief Racial Justice Officer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Our nation is facing yet another moment of truth. Horrific killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, at the hands of law enforcement, have brought us to this critical juncture. But they follow the deaths of Stephon Clark, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Eric… Continue Reading Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ Pride

Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month    

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Chief Racial Justice Officer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin The pandemic crisis of COVID-19 leaves us rethinking our personal skills (washing our hands for second seconds, physical distancing, learning to use technology to keep in touch with loved ones) along with maintaining perspectives on our global interconnectedness. We see how Asian Americans… Continue Reading Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month    

International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Written by John Contreras, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager International Women’s Day reminds me of how much privilege I have had throughout my life. As a man, I realize that the struggles I see in my everyday life are vastly different from what my peers of other genders experience. It reminds me of a conversation… Continue Reading International Women’s Day

Melt Not Our Experiences

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Written by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin There’s something undoubtedly powerful about the use of the word “I”. Saying “I” enforces power over what is being said and how a person wants to be viewed. Using it layers every syllable and message conveyed through punctuation thereafter with an incredible amount of responsibility… Continue Reading Melt Not Our Experiences

Narrative is King

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Written by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Earlier this week, I found myself on a Lyft ride in the back of Mr. Willie G.’s Jeep Cherokee. Mr. G struck up a conversation about the intricacies of youth and aging, but we quickly transitioned to a discussion on race and racism as we… Continue Reading Narrative is King

Words from Paula Penebaker

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dear Racial Justice fans, mavens and aficionados, Welcome to my final blog as leader of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin.  Effective December 31, I will retire making this my final Racial Justice post with reflections about our work. We revived the YWCA’s Racial Justice work in late 2005, the year following the update to YWCA USA’s mission… Continue Reading Words from Paula Penebaker

Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Written by Martha Barry, Chief Racial Justice Officer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin November is Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month. Saturday, November 16 is International Day for Tolerance. As we think about those two different items, my attention is drawn to connecting and thinking about Native people. In what now constitutes the boundaries of Wisconsin, Native people… Continue Reading Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month