Advocacy

How to Vote by Mail

Monday, August 17, 2020

Governor Murphy recently announced that due to the coronavirus pandemic, New Jersey will conduct its general election mostly through mail-in votes, with a limited amount of in-person voting available. We encourage all eligible voters to participate in the voting process, as civic engagement is integral to racial justice. A Checklist for Voting in the 2020 … Read More

Saving “Grace”: Stop Criminalizing Black Youths.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Since mid-May, a 15 year old girl identified by her middle name, Grace, has been held at a juvenile detention center in Michigan. Oakland County Judge Mary Ellen Brennan recently decided she is not yet ready to return home. Her offense? Failing to complete her online homework. This violated the terms of her probation, which … Read More

Recapping Our Conversation with New Jersey YWCA Leaders & Senator Cory Booker

Thursday, July 16, 2020

We were honored to have the opportunity to discuss the byproducts of systemic racism and its impact on women of color with our sister YWCA leaders,  YWCA Northern New Jersey CEO Helen Archontou, our own Executive Director Tay Walker, YWCA Union County CEO Janice Lilien, and U. S. Senator Cory Booker. Watch Here Here are some of the highlights and key … Read More

Commemorating Juneteenth

Thursday, June 18, 2020

July 4th is widely known as Independence Day in America, a day when we as a country decided to break free from the ties that bound us to Great Britain. But while white Americans enjoyed independence from the British monarchy after the Revolutionary War, it took another 80 years for the American ideals of freedom … Read More

6 Local Black-Owned Businesses to Support

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Allyship and activism looks different for everyone. Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, it may be difficult for some of us to protest in-person if we or a loved one is immunocompromised. Similarly, while making financial donations is another way to support racial justice organizations, it isn’t a financially viable option for everyone. However, for those of … Read More

YWCA Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

Monday, June 1, 2020

The following statement was posted on the YWCA USA website. We stand against racism this day and every day, and in solidarity with YWCA USA, YWCA St. Paul, YWCA Minneapolis, and over 200 YWCAs across the country. YWCA Statement on the Murder of George Floyd May 29, 2020   We extend our deepest condolences to … Read More

The Senate’s $50 Billion Childcare Bailout Plan and What You Can Do to Help

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

“Here’s the stark truth: when the time comes, we will not be able to rebuild our economy if this country’s child care system has collapsed beneath the economic burden of this pandemic.” — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) As the coronavirus pandemic continues, childcare providers are increasingly impacted. While lawmakers craft … Read More

Stand Against Racism

One of the Most Dangerous Pre-existing Conditions of COVID-19 is Racism.

Monday, April 27, 2020

How and Why Communities of Color are Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19 In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential for communities to practice cooperation and solidarity. This means helping to flatten the curve by practicing social distancing, supporting local businesses and nonprofits, and looking out for our neighbors. Despite being physically apart, many … Read More

Our Programs Have Gone Virtual!

Monday, April 6, 2020

While our doors remain closed, we’re still #OnAMission and are staying engaged with our program participants and doing our best to provide virtual resources and support to the community. Here’s how: ESL Provides Online Courses Beginning on March 30th, our ESL program transitioned all ESL Consortium courses to a virtual format. This includes several courses ranging … Read More

Why Racial Justice is Integral to Civic Engagement

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Civic engagement is at the forefront of the 2020 Stand Against Racism. Our priorities include the 2020 census, voter registration, and the 2020 election. As citizens and residents it is crucial to participate in the election as well as the census. Both will shape the future of our communities and the country. The 2020 Census … Read More