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Volume 1

December 2021

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October 2021

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May 2021

March 2021

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Volume 2

January 2022

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March 2022

April 2022

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Press Releases/Announcements

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin President & CEO Tracy Williams Invited to White House

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

Has Freedom Been Realized?

Friday, February 15, 2019

By Jamaal Smith, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager “Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountain side, let freedom ring…”   But who has that freedom rang for?  I always wondered as a kid who was Samuel Francis Smith discussing when he wrote these lyrics.  I was convinced it was… Continue Reading Has Freedom Been Realized?

Human Rights Day

Friday, December 14, 2018

By Leland Pan, PhD, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Human Rights Day is most commonly celebrated internationally on December 10, the  anniversary of when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In the United States, people of color might read the thirty articles of the declaration and… Continue Reading Human Rights Day

International Day for Tolerance

Friday, November 16, 2018

By Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Friday, November 16 is the International Day for Tolerance. Merriam-Webster defines tolerance as “sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own;” or the “act of allowing something.” Tolerance seems to convey the notion that we will “put up with… Continue Reading International Day for Tolerance

Columbus Day Reveals American Hypocrisy

Friday, October 19, 2018

By Jamaal Smith, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Every October, America, along with other countries across the globe, continues to celebrate Columbus Day, in recognition of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.  The earliest celebration of Columbus’ voyage is recorded as early as 1792 by the Tamman Society… Continue Reading Columbus Day Reveals American Hypocrisy

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 21, 2018

By Leland Pan, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, established in 1988. To start, there is the absurdity of the term “Hispanic,” a made up word by our country to imprecisely designate those who didn’t fit our original racial hierarchy but certainly weren’t extended the privileges… Continue Reading Hispanic Heritage Month

The Role of Women as Activists

Friday, August 17, 2018

By Paula Penebaker, President & CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin   The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which granted all women the right to vote, was passed on June 4, 1919 and ratified on August 18, 1920. While the amendment granted women voting privileges, state laws and state violence meant women of color, particularly black women, did… Continue Reading The Role of Women as Activists

The Many Faces of Patriotism

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

By Jamaal Smith, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin The Many Faces of Patriotism According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word patriotism is defined as “love for or devotion to one’s country.” When many think of patriotism, the first thing that comes to mind is the armed forces, which is completely understandable. American troops are… Continue Reading The Many Faces of Patriotism

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Pride Month & Racism

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

By Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin  June is the month we celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people. There are celebrations, parades, music, and parties. Many will openly revel in being LGBTQ-identified. Focusing on LGBTQ provides an opportunity for reflection on where we’ve been and how we are doing as a nation and… Continue Reading Pride Month & Racism

History of Anti-Asian Racism and Asian Anti-Racism

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

By Leland Pan, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. There is, of course, an absurdity to condensing a group of people into one “minority” group when they trace their heritage to over half the world’s population. Not only are we talking about hundreds of diverse cultures, racism can… Continue Reading History of Anti-Asian Racism and Asian Anti-Racism