Stand Against Racism, a nationwide YWCA movement that brings people together to raise awareness and empower action toward eliminating racism, kicks off in Tucson at the YWCA of Southern Arizona on April 29th. Local law enforcement leaders, first responders and elected officials will join partners in the Southern Arizona Coalition for Racial Justice to speak at the event. YWCA USA estimates Stand Against Racism events will take place at 750 sites across the nation. Organizers in Arizona expect as many as 1000 participants at Stand events throughout the state.
- Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos
- Tucson Mayor Jonathon Rothschild
- Tucson Police Department Assistant Chief Carla Johnson
Speakers will also include leaders in the Southern Arizona Coalition for Racial Justice, including:
- Debbie Embry, CEO of the Tucson Urban League
- Kelly Fryer, CEO of YWCA of Southern Arizona
Other community leaders, elected officials, first responders and law enforcement officials, including Assistant Chief of Police Hangartner and Assistant Chief of Police Elton Begay from the Tohono O’odham Nation will be in attendance.
This year’s Stand Against Racism event is coming in the middle of an election season that has been characterized by jarring racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric. This event is an opportunity for community leaders in Southern Arizona to stand together for racial justice and commit ourselves to eliminating racism wherever it appears.
Who should attend:
Law enforcement officers, first responders, elected officials and everyone in our community who is willing to take a stand against racism and/or wants to learn more about institutional and structural racism. This event is free and open to the public.
Stand Against Racism Launch Event
Friday, April 29, 2016
YWCA’s Frances McClelland Community Center
525 N. Bonita Ave., Tucson AZ 85745
Parking is available in the YWCA’s onsite parking lot and also along Bonita Avenue.
Stand Against Racism film events & brown bag lunchtime conversations will be held throughout Arizona following the launch, from 11:00-1:00.
For more information visit www.ywcatucson.org.