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Stand Against Racism provides the opportunity for communities across the United States to find an issue or cause that inspires them to take a #StandAgainstRacism and to unite their voices to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice.

YWCA USA’s 15th annual Stand Against Racism campaign will take place April 22 – 25, 2021.  We invite YWCAs and allied groups to focus their events and organizing on the myriad of racial justice issues that impact the health and safety of communities of color.Most importantly, we invite you to explore how From Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis can advance the work of justice in your community and empower people of color.

YWCA TULSA
STAND AGAINST RACISM EVENTS

Thursday, April 22

Community Healthcare Enrollment Assistance

Event Time:

4:00pm — 7:00pm

Event Location:

East Community Center
Computer Lab
8145 E 17th St
Tulsa, OK  74112

Event Info:

2020 was a year full of pain, grief, fear, tragedies and more. Our nation continues to face economic disparities, a public health crisis, and racial injustices. That’s why this year’s YWCA Stand Against Racism theme is Declarations to Change: Addressing Racism as a Public Health Crisis. YWCA Tulsa is committed to fighting against acts of racism and how it impacts systemic inequity in communities of color.

On April 22nd, we are hosting an event for community members to enroll in Marketplace healthcare anytime from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event could benefit anyone who may have the following needs:  

  • Help with enrolling in healthcare, questions related to the type of healthcare you qualify for, or anyone who may be facing difficulties with enrollment because of technology hindrances.  
  • This event may also benefit someone who is looking to learn more about what options they may have for themselves or a family member currently uninsured. 

Friday, April 23

Moving Meditation: Healing Space for BIPOC Trauma

Event Time:

6:00pm — 7:00pm

Event Location:

John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park
322 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120

Event Info:

YWCA Tulsa acknowledges there is a public health crisis across the nation. This year we have dedicated our Stand Against Racism events and campaign to recognizing the racial justice issues that impact the health and safety of communities of color.  

On April 23rd, YWCA Tulsa in partnership with Sun People Yoga will be hosting a moving meditation for our Tulsa BIPOC community. This restorative yoga series will be designed to help relieve BIPOC trauma rooted in decolonizing the stigmas around yoga practices and empowering a healing journey triggered by racial trauma.   

Saturday, April 24

Women’s Health Panel: Addressing Systemic Racism in Healthcare

Event Date/Time:

3:00pm — 4:00pm

Event Location

Via Zoom
RSVP to receive Zoom link
(event will be recorded)

Event Info:

The YWCA Tulsa Women’s Health Panel is an opportunity for professional women to educate interested parties on the topics of health advocacy, financial empowerment, racism as a social determinant, and increasing access to healthy food in Tulsa’s food deserts.

This panel will give an inside look into the eyes of women who work and assist in creating solutions around these disparities daily. This event is creating a space to help discuss methods to reduce negative health outcomes within the BIPOC community by educating and providing additional tools to all community members. It could also serve as a safe space for anyone interested to receive feedback about personal experiences with trauma or find healthy resources for friends and family. The Women’s Health Panel will be an opportunity you do not want to miss!

YWCA Tulsa welcomes guests Krystal Reyes (CFO, City of Tulsa),  Eunice Tarver (VP-Student Success & Equity, Tulsa Community College), Sherry Laskey (Community Health Empowerment Program), and panel moderator Dr. Leah Upton (Medical Director, Community Health Connection) for the Women’s Health Panel: Addressing Systemic Racism in Healthcare.   

Sunday, April 25

Food Daze: A Fresh Produce Drive-Thru Event

Event Date/Time:

3:00pm — 5:00pm

Event Locations:

Hawthorne Elementary
1105 E 33rd St N
Tulsa, OK 74106)

YWCA Tulsa
East Community Center
8145 E 17th St
Tulsa, OK 74112

Event Info:

YWCA Tulsa is on a mission. We hope to eliminate racism, empower women, promote peace, freedom, dignity, and justice for all. That mission begins in our communities, helping those in need. According to Feeding America, every ONE in SEVEN Oklahomans are struggling with hunger. That same statistic states ONE in FIVE children struggle from hunger, and nearly 90 thousand people have food insecurities. That’s why YWCA Tulsa is dedicating one of its Stand Against Racism days to help distribute fresh produce to areas to food deserts that exist in our community. We will be providing fresh produce, vouchers to the Greenwood Farmers Market and gift cards to the Oasis grocery store.

This act is will not solve the larger problem, but it’s a necessary step in the right direction to begin address the food deserts that should not exist in our community.

Learn more about hunger crisis we are experiencing across America and in our communities below:

https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/oklahoma
https://okfoodbank.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tulsa.pdf


Did you know that in the U.S., Black women are 2-3x more likely to die in childbirth than white women? These disproportionate outcomes are unacceptable and YWCA Tulsa is calling for racism to be treated as a public health crisis.

Standing Against Racism means protecting the health and rights of Frontline Workers. People of color overrepresent the nation’s FLW - healthcare professionals; domestic workers; caregivers; and more -- and are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.

Education can only be an equalizer when education is equitable. It’s time we all take a stand against this structural inequity. Join YWCA Tulsa in making a declaration for change and the movement to Stand Against Racism.

Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned nearly 67 years ago, yet its heritage of institutional racism persists. Race should not determine the value of a student’s education, academic achievement, and lifetime earning potential.

Homeownership is one path to intergenerational wealth. As we pursue equity, we must stand against housing and mortgage practices that negatively impact BIPOC communities at a disproportionate rate.

As we take a Stand Against Racism, we must advocate for the rights and protection of Frontline Workers. Join YWCA Tulsa as we declare Racism Is A Public Health Crisis.