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Stand Against Racism 2022 Theme:We Can’t Wait: Equity and Justice Now!

Our country was founded on the idea of building a government of the people, by the people, for the people. More than two hundred years later, this vision has yet to be fully achieved. We say enough is enough. We must work collectively to root out inequity in our communities and in the institutions that compose our society, and demand justice and equity.

Join us during this year’s Stand Against Racism Week of Action as we bring awareness to racism within our communities and connect with others to build pathways toward racial equity and justice.

Mon, Apr 25 / Personal / Watch a video of the Check Your Privilege Finger Exercise and read the article Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh and reflect on the different ways white people and people of color experience the world. Share the content with your networks.

Tue, Apr 26 / Civic / Tune into the Village of Homer Board Meeting at 6:00 pm during which Mayor McCabe will read a resolution to demonstrate support of an equitable community by promoting the Cortland County YWCA’s “Stand Against Racism” week, April 25-30, 2022. Join the City of Cortland, Cortlandville, and Cortland County meetings on the below dates to see your representatives take a stand against racism. 

April 19/ 6:00 pm: City of Cortland Common Council Meeting

April 20/ 5:00 pm: Cortlandville Town Board Meeting

April 28/ 6:00 pm: Cortland County Legislature Meeting

Thank your representative for taking a stand against racism.

Wed, Apr 27 / Community / Check out the Responding to Everyday Bigotry. Speak Up! publication by the Southern Poverty Law Center to learn how to recognize bias in our everyday lives and get tips on how you can speak up against bigotry and racism.

Thu, Apr 28 / Business / Look for local businesses displaying the Stand Against Racism poster and thank them for taking the pledge. Share photos on social media and tag us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Access the printable pledge poster

Fri, Apr 29 / Action / Show your commitment to racial justice. Take the pledge to stand against racism. After you take the pledge, you will have access to social media graphics that we hope you will use and share.

Sat, Apr 30 / Education / Join Cortland Free Library Youth Services for a read-aloud of Bedtime Bonnet, by Nancy Redd. The children will learn about different hair and headwear, followed by a fun and engaging craft! Registration is required to attend.

2022 Stand Against Racism Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Special thanks to YWCA Cortland’s 2022 Persimmon Partners: