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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

Feminism and Inclusion | White Supremacy to Colorblindness

Friday, March 8, 2019

Written by Dynasty Ceasar, Racial Justice Trainer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin The month of March is Women’s History Month, during which, it is important to examine who this would include and whose history we are celebrating. Particular attention should be paid to the concept of inclusion within the Feminist Movement for women of color. March has both,… Continue Reading Feminism and Inclusion | White Supremacy to Colorblindness

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