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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

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

April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Thursday, April 19, 2018

By Jennifer de Montmollin, Chief Program Officer, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin For nearly 20 years, April has marked Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the U.S. This year’s observance is drawing more attention than typical, no doubt a reflection of the shared experiences elevated by the recent amplification of the Me Too movement. Important to note is that… Continue Reading April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month