Presented by Visions Federal Credit Union

YWCA is on a mission…join us!

Please join YWCA Cortland for the 2024 Until Justice Just Is (previously Stand Against Racism) Campaign presented by Visions Federal Credit Union. Our collective efforts can root out injustice, transform institutions, and create a world that sees women, girls, and people of color the way we see them: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

2024 Until Justice Just Is Campaign Offerings & Dates

Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Workshop Training Preview / Monday, January 15 / 2:00 – 3:30 pm / Free

Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation February Four-Week Workshop / Wednesdays / February 7, 14, 21, 28 / 9:00 am – 12:30 pm / $199

Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation March Weekend Workshop / Friday, Saturday, Sunday / March 8, 9, 10 / times vary / $199

21-Day Racial Justice Challenge / Weekdays / April 1 – 30 / Free

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Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training

Workshop Training Preview / Monday, January 15, 2024 / 2:00 – 3:30 pm / Free

RSVP today!

Join us in celebrating the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an overview of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training. Kingian Nonviolence, based on Dr. King’s work during the Civil Rights Movement, is an approach to conflict and community leadership that offers values and methods useful for anyone who wants to use conflict constructively in their personal life, in group settings, or in community issues, and build a reconciled world.

The MLK Day training overview will cover:

• The 4 pillars of Kingian Nonviolence
• Initial introduction to the 6 Principles and 6 Steps – the “Will” and the “Skill” of Kingian Nonviolence.
• The Social Dynamics of Kingian Nonviolence

Please RSVP to robyn@cortlandywca.org so we can plan seating and light refreshments accordingly.

Four-Week Workshop / Wednesdays / February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024 / 9:00 am – 12:30 pm / $199

Weekend Workshop / Friday, Saturday, Sunday / March 8, 9, 10 / times below / $199

Friday, March 8, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: YWCA Cortland Osborn Room, 14 Clayton Ave., Cortland, NY

Registration is now open for the March Weekend Workshop!

This workshop teaches the Six Principles of Kingian Nonviolence, as well as basic concepts, strategies, and tools of conflict reconciliation. The seminar includes reading Dr. King’s writing, viewing and discussing documentary film footage from the Civil Rights Movement, and participating in interactive exercises and role-playing. The curriculum is enhanced through the addition of historical and contemporary music. The teaching can be applied to a broad spectrum of individual, group, institutional, and systemic conflicts. Material is tailored for adults and youth.

Location: YWCA Cortland Osborn Room, 14 Clayton Ave., Cortland, NY

Cost: $199

Content:
• 4 Pillars of Kingian Nonviolence
• Social Dynamics of Nonviolence
• 6 Principles (the will) how to view and transform conflict
• 6 Steps (the skill) how to engage with conflict and organize a campaign
• Definitions of violence and nonviolence
• Types and levels of conflict and how they escalate and de-escalate
• Dialectical Thinking
• Historical context of the Civil Rights Movement

Instructor: Dr. Tracy Hudson, Assistant Professor and Diversity Faculty Fellow in the Physical Education Department at SUNY Cortland, is a certified instructor of Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation having trained at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation.

Testimonials:
“Myself and seven other members of the Cortland County Health Department staff attended the first session of the YWCA’s February Kingian Nonviolence training on February 7. Dr. Hudson is a skilled, nonjudgmental, and interactive facilitator that kept the group engaged for the full three hours. This is an amazing opportunity to reflect on how I interact with others both personally and professionally, and to gain new skills to help address injustices in our community and ideally contribute to a culture in which community members can attain their full potential. I can’t wait for us to finish the program and bring what we learn, and this framework, back to our department to help create a systemic culture of nonviolence, a passion to address injustices, and to fully embody the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Margaret Broderick, MPH, Cortland County Health Department’s Epidemiology Manager

“The Kingian Nonviolence training is inspirational and powerful. Not only helping participants to understand MLK’s work and the importance of his love but also helps us look at our own lives in different ways. The training also exposes everyone to very different opinions and experiences.” Alice Anderson, YWCA Cortland Board Member

“This training is enlightening me to know who I am and how I fit into helping to make change in the environment I live and in the world as a whole.” Julie Ryan, YWCA Cortland Finance Director

The Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation (CORE) training, originally designed as a two-day format, has been adapted into a more accessible version consisting of four 3.5/4-hour sessions. This condensed training has omitted certain elements, such as selected songs and activities, to accommodate the shorter time frame. However, the CORE content and principles of Kingian Nonviolence remain intact, providing participants with a comprehensive understanding of this philosophy and its practical applications. Through interactive discussions, engaging exercises, and thoughtful exploration, participants will still receive a robust training experience that equips them with the knowledge and skills necessary to embrace nonviolence as a way of life.

Proceeds support YWCA Cortland’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, dignity, and freedom for all.

Racial Justice Challenge

21-Day Challenge / Weekdays / April 1 – 30, 2024 / Free

Explore a different equity and social justice topic for four weeks:

Bodies / Women’s Financial Empowerment & Caregiving / Gun Violence / Transportation

Registration coming soon!

2024 TOPICS

The weekly topics that will be explored during the 2024 YWCA Racial Justice Challenge are:

Bodies

Bodily autonomy is one of the most fundamental rights we have as human beings. However, across the country, this fundamental right is being challenged. This week, we will have difficult conversations about some of the many ways marginalized bodies are restricted, policed, and violated. Laws have been proposed and passed that limit the rights of transgender nonconforming, and non-binary individuals, impacting their access to essential medical care and their ability to exist in public spaces. The fight for reproductive choice is also an ongoing struggle that has taken critical decisions out of the hands of individuals. Weight stigma, which disproportionately impacts women of Color, is yet another way we police bodies that has a profoundly negative impact on people’s physical and mental health. People of color also face discrimination based on their hair texture and style. Each day this week, we will dive into a different aspect of this critical conversation.

Women’s Financial Empowerment/Caregiving

Women’s financial empowerment is critical to achieving gender equity. Generations of women were denied control over their financial life, and it wasn’t until 1974 that women were allowed to have credit cards in their own name. Today, more women are taking control of their finances, and making important decisions about budgeting, saving, and investing. Despite all this progress, inequities persist, with bias, and the racial, gender, and motherhood pay gaps continuing to hold women back from reaching their full economic potential. Women are also still expected to do a significant amount of unpaid labor such as childcare, caring for older relatives, and maintaining the home. According to a new study from PayScale, the gender pay gap can mean $900,000 in lost wages over a woman’s lifetime. This loss of financial power has huge implications for women’s long-term quality of life.

Gun Violence

This week’s content will focus on gun violence, which may be distressing for some individuals. If you have been impacted, please consider your well-being before engaging with this material. YWCA is committed to ensuring that communities are safe places for women and girls to thrive. The United States has the highest number of civilian-owned firearms in the world and headlines and research make clear, however, gun violence is a major threat to their health and safety. From school hallways to music festivals and nightclubs to homes and communities across the country, women experience unacceptably high levels of gun violence that leave them at heightened risk of harm and death. This week we will explore the history of gun ownership in America, and how it has impacted the lives of marginalized people.

Transportation

Access to transportation impacts every aspect of our lives, from our ability to get to work, access healthcare, and educate our children. With so much at stake, transportation equity is critical to eliminating racism and empowering women. Reimagining the way we think about our roads, buses, and sidewalks is essential for addressing the historical injustices such as segregation and present-day inequities including access to safe transportation in marginalized communities, sexual harassment on public transportation, and roads that are unsafe for pedestrians. These disparities disproportionately affect people of color and low-income individuals, contributing to ongoing economic and social inequalities. Together, we can create transportation systems that serve as catalysts for broader societal change, and foster inclusivity, justice, and empowerment for all.

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Special thanks to YWCA Cortland’s 2024 Persimmon Partners: