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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