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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

Anishinaabe on Turtle Island

Friday, October 11, 2019

Written by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin  In the wake of Indigenous People’s Day it would be easy to focus our energy on discussing the turmoil that was caused by Christopher Columbus. It would be equivalent to the effortlessness that comes with talking to a family member who shares the same negative… Continue Reading Anishinaabe on Turtle Island

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Words with Friends on Immigration

Friday, September 27, 2019

Written for the Advocacy Corner Blog by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin  Every Saturday for the last three months, I’ve gathered with good friends. As we enter two at time in a quiet place we find ourselves in a lively conversation discussing race, politics, and what it takes to change the world.… Continue Reading Words with Friends on Immigration

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Given the current national emphasis, much of our focus is on Hispanics/Latinos immigration. Our attention lingers on the horrors of detention centers at our US – Mexico border. Seeing young people ripped from their parents and held in inhumane conditions is heartbreaking. Immigration is… Continue Reading National Hispanic Heritage Month

Women’s Equality Day

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Written by Paula Penebaker, President & CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin On August 26, 2019 we will celebrate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting the states and federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. The date was first celebrated… Continue Reading Women’s Equality Day

Patriotism

Friday, July 12, 2019

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin Patriotism: a loaded term.  One can think of going to war to defend our country, of allegiance or loyalty to the country, or nationalism. It can also include images of flags, fireworks, backyard barbecues and family celebrations. We often think of the 4th of… Continue Reading Patriotism

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its Connection to Racism

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Written by Jamaal Smith, Racial Justice Community Engagement Manager, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” “You’re pretty for a Black girl!” “I can’t breathe!” “Guilty!” “Criminals!” “Rapists!” “Drug dealers!” All of these statements or declarations are common when referencing people of color.  The belief in biological inferiority of Black and Brown people in comparison… Continue Reading Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its Connection to Racism

Women’s Health

Friday, May 10, 2019

Written by Martha Barry, PhD, Racial Justice Director, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin  I am female. I love many females. We are interesting, complex, thoughtful, courageous individuals who sometimes prioritize others over self.  Growing up, I remember learning at 19 that my mother had high blood pressure. Her doctor put her on medication. It took some time… Continue Reading Women’s Health