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21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

YWCA Richmond is proud to join YWCA South Hampton Roads and YWCA Central Virginia to launch the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge across the Commonwealth on July 1, 2020.

Emails will begin on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, and will be sent Monday through Friday from July 1, 2020 through July 29, 2020 You can join the challenge anytime.  Each day’s email has links to the previous days’ content so that you can look back and explore.

For 21 days, participants will receive a daily email to examine the history of systemic inequities in America and how it impacts communities of color today in order to help foster awareness, understanding, and collective action toward the elimination of racism.  Daily activities include:

  • Reading an article,
  • Listening to a podcast,
  • Learning how racial inequities affect voting, education, criminal justice, and public health at the local, state, and national levels, or
  • Reflecting on personal experience.

The work of justice starts with learning more.  We invite you to join this journey as together we challenge ourselves to recognize and understand the embedded issues related to racial inequity, in order to do more and be more – civically and interpersonally – until the world sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

 

What is the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge?

The challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

You will be presented with daily email content such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience, and more.  Emails will be sent Monday through Friday, and will include the links to the previous days so you can look back and explore.

Participation in an activity like this helps us to uncover how racial and social injustices are built into our voting, education, criminal justice, and public health systems and identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.  This is an exciting opportunity to dive deep into racial equity and social justice – to learn more, do more, and be more.  We hope you will join us on this journey!

 

What inspired YWCA’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

We would like to extend our gratitude to YWCA Cleveland for providing us with this tool.  This challenge was inspired by Food Solutions New England.  They were the first to adapt an exercise from Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving’s 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge into an interactive program.