Where We Were, Where We're Going
The first set of anti-racism Conversation Circles was implemented in November 2010, and completed March 2011. The group of seven (with three facilitators) met 4 times, and discussed History of Race, Racism and Racism in Spokane. The curriculum is aimed at increasing tolerance, but also personal responsibility for eliminating racism. It is rooted in popular education theory, most widely popularized by Paulo Freire, but commonly used by community organizers and movement leaders to mobilize communities and build capacity for social change.
Stand Against Racism
The YWCA has held two public Stand Against Racism events. The first, in 2010, was a public commitment to embarking in antiracism work. Staff and community members signed a pledge after a speech by our executive director Trish McFarland and allied community members. The second stand was in 2011, and in addition to our central event (where others signed the pledge again) 33 other businesses, nonprofits, and colleges held their own public Stands.
Questions? Contact Patty Wheeler