As we have done for the past decade, this year too, YWCA Princeton took a Stand Against Racism along with local partner organizations and community members on April 26 – April 29. Stand Against Racism, popularly known as the STAND, was founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, and is now a signature campaign of YWCA USA. The STAND’s purpose is to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. Learn more here.
On April 26, YWCA Princeton hosted Stand Against Racism: Thought Provoking Talks, where speakers shared inspiring and poignant accounts of the racism they have experienced in their lives. Speakers Dr. Jianping Wang, Dr. Everlyn McDowell, Noemi de la Puente and Shirley Satterfield, along with moderator Sandy Ewell, not only shared experiences but also posed questions for the audience that served as catalysts for group discussions that followed.
A special shout out to our facilitators for the evening – Linda Oppenheim and Simona Brickers (Not in Our Town Princeton), Fatima Mughal (Central Jersey Coalition for Justice), Michelle Minter (Princeton University), Thomas Parker (Princeton Civil Rights Commission), Toni-Anne Blake (VolunteerConnect), Lyn Azarchi (Kidsbridge), Heidi Wilenius and Lynn M. Kaiser (Hope Rises Up), Jill Franco (LGBTQ+ activist, educator, and consultant), Lauren Sgro (Junior League of Greater Princeton), Talitha-Koumi Oluwafemi (Mercer Street Friends) and Donna Maywar (YWCA Princeton).
Check out more pictures from our Thought Provoking Talks here.
On April 27, students from the Princeton area gathered together at Hinds Plaza for a Stand Against Racism: Open Mic and Youth Rally. Before the stage was opened to the audience, winners of the Stand Against Racism: Poster Competition were announced.
John Liang, a junior at Princeton High School won the competition with his poster titled ‘Colorblind’. When asked about his artwork, John said it depicted that, “people of any skin-tone and ethnicity can be confident, dignified, beautiful, strong and amazing.”
At the Open Mic, several young persons of color took to the stage to sing songs and recite poetry about their experiences with racism and their hopes for the future. It truly gave everyone gathered at the event hope for a better and EQUAL future for the generations to come.