YWCA & Dozens of Groups Rally to Stand Against Racism & Oppression

YWCA & Dozens of Groups Rally to Stand Against Racism & Oppression


YWCA Delaware will hold a Stand Against Racism: Beyond the Moment rally on the green at Legislative Mall on May 1st at Noon. This unity rally is endorsed by dozens of Delaware organizations and will feature speakers and cultural performances. Endorsing groups will also have informational tables at the event to build new connections for those interested in activist opportunities throughout Delaware.

Speakers and performers will include Aaron Appling, of Community Voice Coalition; Naveed Baqir, Ph.D., Executive Director of Delaware Council on Global and Muslim Affairs; Ashley Biden, Executive Director of Delaware Center for Justice; Charito Calvachi‐Mateyko, Delaware Civil Rights Coalition; Sarah Green, of Jewish Family Services Delaware Refugee Integration Support Effort; Linwood Jackson, President of NAACP Delaware State Conference; Kim Petters, of Women Veterans Collective; Rainbow Chorale Of Delaware octet; James Spadola, President of Delaware Law Enforcement for Progress; and Eugene Young, of Network Delaware.

Stand Against Racism is an annual initiative by YWCA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. As with previous years’ Stand Against Racism events, the rally will include a moment where all participants join together and read aloud the Stand Against Racism Pledge.

This year, Stand Against Racism has partnered with local Beyond the Moment rally organizers to emphasize the collective impact of the “minority” when they unite and become the voice of “The Majority.” Shared themes are unity and solidarity for and by all people facing injustice. In solidarity we embrace the principles of inclusion, compassion and human dignity and will support efforts to confront underlying prejudices and practices that deny too many the opportunities to safely pursue and achieve their full potential.

“We wanted our Stand Against Racism event to highlight the heightened xenophobia and also its intersection with women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, the movement for Black Lives, and other struggles against oppression,” says Matt Pillischer, Director of Racial & Social Justice for YWCA Delaware.

The rally will be held Monday, May 1st at Noon, on the Legislative Mall (weather permitting) in Dover, DE. The rain location is Victory Church, 2736 Forrest Ave, Dover, DE. For more information about the rally, contact Matthew Pillischer, YWCA Director of Racial & Social Justice via email at mpillischer@ywcade.org or call 302.655.0039 ext. 230. Information is also available on our website at www.ywcade.org/StandAgainstRacism.