Friday, June 19, 2020
For healing, for equity, for community
Sherialyn Byrdsong's message to the community on the 21st anniversary of the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate:
Sunday, June 21, is Father's Day, and Father's Day is always the day of the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. And while this year is different, all month we've been seeing old Race shirts on people throughout the community. We thank you for wearing that visible reminder of what we must all day do, everyday.

This Sunday morning, anytime and in a safe, socially distanced way, we encourage you to get out on the lakefront path in Evanston (or wherever you are!) to take a little walk or run against hate. Your route, your pace, your time, your community, our common mission. Share it with us with on social media with #raceagainsthate.

Pick up a sign:

If you're close by, we will have a limited number of “ I RACE FOR HEALING, I RACE FOR EQUITY, I RACE FOR COMMUNITY” signs like the one pictured above which will be available for pick-up:

Saturday, June 20 from 9 am-12 pm in the YWCA Evanston/North Shore parking lot at 1215 Church Street, Evanston)
Thanks to all Race Against Hate supporters who are participating in their own Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, and becoming " Race Buddies, Heroes, and Champions" by supporting YWCA's mission to eliminate racism. Your support helps us continue crucial anti-racism programming in a year without proceeds from the Race Against Hate, our biggest annual fundraiser.
Juneteenth: a day of reflection
Juneteenth (June 19th) is an annual day of observance to commemorate the ending of slavery in the U.S. Here's how you can commemorate it:

  • Read Juneteenth: A Brief History Lesson
  • Sign the petition to get Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday
  • Contribute to the City of Evanston Reparations Fund (What is the fund for? Learn more here)
  • Visit the next Juneteenth pop-up shop on Sat. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at C&W Market and Ice Cream Parlor on Church and Dodge, and support Juneteenth by buying a yard sign and/or t-shirt.
  • Tune in on Friday night at 6 pm for dance and performances, speakers, and more; and Sat. night at 6 pm for a dramatic reading of the play, "A Day of Absence." These events will be streaming on Dear Evanston and Evanston Present and Future.
Hope and the way forward
What parallels are there between June 1999, when Ricky Byrdsong was murdered in Skokie by a white supremacist, and today? What gives you hope? What is the way forward?

On Thursday, over 150 people tuned in to hear an engaging and thoughtful panel discussion focused on those questions with (counter clockwise from bottom left) Ricky's widow, Sherialyn Byrdsong, lifelong friend Lyle Foster, YWCA Equity Institute Director, Tiffany McDowell and YWCA Evanston/North Shore CEO Karen Singer. You can watch the panel discussion on our website here .
Happy Pride Month
What better way to celebrate Pride Month than by applauding the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on LGBTQ job discrimination!

This week, the United States Supreme Court decided two important cases, Bostock v. Clayton and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, ruling that LGBTQ Americans, including transgender Americans, are protected from job discrimination under existing law. The decision should negate the impact of this week’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published rule, which attempted to roll back anti-discrimination protections related to sex - including for LGBTQ people - under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act.

Make sure to read our statement on this landmark ruling and the HHS rule.
Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility
YWCA was a sponsor of FAN's webinar on White Fragility with Robin D'Angelo. Watch it here and learn:
YWCA and Racial Justice
YWCA’s commitment to racial justice and civil rights runs deep. Since the 1800s, we have been a pioneer in standing against all forms of racism and oppression by promoting racial equity and equality.
YWCAs in communities across the country provide racial justice training, education and professional development, economic empowerment workshops, voter registration drives, entrepreneurship programs, civic participation training, and so much more to level what has long been an uneven playing field, and to open doors of opportunity for people of color.
Learn more about our efforts on our YWCA Equity Institute web page.
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