YWatx Press Release | Advocacy Town Hall Meeting

PRESS RELEASE   YWCA Advocacy Town Hall Meeting YW Stands Against Racism & Racial Profiling   Austin, TX, Friday, May 29, 2015 –YWCA Greater Austin is dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The purpose of the YWCA Greater Austin's Advocacy Committee is to effectively and efficiently engage in local and national advocacy efforts that will promote the YWCA mission and vision as well as increasing community engagement, fostering partnerships, and providing leadership development.   Founded by the YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism is now a signature campaign of YWCA USA. This campaign is designed to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. Stand Against Racism is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism.   YWCA Greater Austin Advocates stand against racism. The YWCA ATX is committed to hosting ongoing events, private or public, where participants may gather to take part in a wide range of local trainings, discussion groups, community education, public policy advocacy, and more! It has already taken steps to Stand Against Racism by first signing the National Pledge Against Racism. The April YWCA Dialogue on Issues of Race & Discrimination was dedicated to the campaign by holding an open, honest, productive conversation with many voices in the room on the topic of Communities Confronting Racial Profiling. The YWCA ATX Advocates would like to continue and expand the conversation with the Greater Austin community.   The YWCA Advocacy Town Hall Meeting on Standing Against Racism & Racial Profiling is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2015 at 6.30 PM at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, 1156 Hargrave Street, Austin, TX 78702. The event schedule includes a skit, panel discussion, audience Q&A, and next steps. Panelists were invited from various ethnic communities, neighborhood associations, local public officials and public servants.  All are invited to join the discussion in a safe and open environment.    The YWCA ATX Advocates hope to accomplish the following, • Hold a safe place for people to express themselves, • Connect with others who are interested in systemic change, • Educate the community that this is a problem that is racially motivated, • Unite voices that have been historically split, and • Figure out what next steps need to happen and how.   The YWCA’s commitment to racial justice is one of the common threads that unite local YWCAs across the country. Nearly 300,000 individuals participate in YWCA racial justice programs annually, addressing systemic barriers in the criminal justice system, housing, health care and education. Approximately half of our local associations train law enforcement officials, host dialogues and develop private-public collaborations.    The YWCA supports legislation that bans the practice of racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels. We believe that all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or gender should be ensured justice and protected equally under the law. This includes policies that eradicate racial profiling. The federal government’s involvement is vital to ending racial profiling practices by law enforcement in communities of color. We look forward to working policymakers to correcting patterns of systemic racial bias in policing and its negative and often lethal impact on various communities of color.  ~YWCA USA Position   Contact for Further Information: Teresa Carbajal Ravet Tel. 512.326.1222 advocacy@ywcaaustin.org www.YWCAaustin.org