As we continue to process the grief, shock, and anger associated with the violent events that took place at our Nation's Capitol, YWCA Glendale wants our community to know that we are here for you. We are and will remain your community center for convening, connecting, and taking action to address the most pressing issues of our time - from violence against women to racism. Yesterday's acts of domestic terrorism and white supremacist violence are an affront to our democracy and to every person in our country. As an organization on the frontlines of racial justice and anti-violence work, we remain committed as ever to our bold and urgent mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
When we set out to launch our first 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge (January 18th-February 7th 2021), it was in response the momentum created by our City's passage of the historic Sundown Town Resolution and to provide community members asking for opportunities to continue building their understanding of anti-racism with a tangible action/program they could participate in to continue their growth. This Challenge now takes on a more urgent call for increased participation to foster knowledge, growth, healing, and unity.
When you sign up for the Challenge you will receive a daily e-mail with set activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, watching a video, and reflecting on personal experiences. The Challenge will cover a set topic each day focused on interpersonal and institutional forms of racism and will provide local content on how these issues impact Glendale, Los Angeles County and California. Everyone is welcome and everyone is invited. As James Baldwin so eloquently said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” It is time for us to face this moment together and put in the hard work required to build a more just and equitable future.