Advocacy

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

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Friday, January 17, 2020

On the third Monday of January every year, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Many of us have grown up learning about his life, and we often associate him with the words, “I have a dream.”  He’s recognized as one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Though his famous speech was made … Read More

Advocacy Update–Three New Laws and What They’ll Accomplish

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Three important bills that will promote racial and gender equity were signed into law this month. Here’s some background on the bills–what they are, why we support their passing, and what communities will be empowered. Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (also known as the Crown Act) This law makes it … Read More