Advocacy

Waiting to Exhale

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

To our YW Family, Yesterday, our nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tomorrow, we will witness history made possible by his legacy: Kamala Harris—the first woman, a Black and Asian-American woman, and the daughter of immigrants—will be sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. But today, and for most of last … Read More

Why Your Vote Matters

Monday, November 2, 2020

Your Voice, Your Vote, Your Future. The following blog post was contributed by Aneeqah, one of our talented interns. While she isn’t old enough to vote in the 2020 election, she is keenly aware of it’s significance, and encourages everyone who is eligible to exercise their right to vote.  The right to vote has long … Read More

Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Week Without Violence

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

  October is both Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. YWCAs across the country advocate for the health and safety of women and girls. Due to the initial quarantine and prolonged social distancing, those in abusive home situations are unable to leave, and spikes in domestic violence have been reported within the … Read More

A Special Note from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

We are thrilled to share a congratulatory letter from Senator Cory Booker to commemorate the opening of The Burke Foundation Early Childhood Center at YWCA Princeton! Congratulations The YWCA Princeton

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