TOPEKA – Beginning at noon Friday, the YWCA of Topeka will be Standing Against Racism at the Kansas State Capitol, south steps. Dr. Mildred Edwards, Senator David Haley and Representative Barbara Ballard will begin the rally with a state proclamation followed by a few words from sponsors and closing with the reciting of a pledge against racism.
The event will conclude with an optional “Chat and Chew” at London’s (115 SE 6th) with the topic of Words count: Using racially insensitive language.
Topeka’s Stand Against Racism will be conducted simultaneously with others throughout the country. The Stand Against Racism movement is a collaboration of 72 YWCA Associations nationwide and their 2,000 community partners. Over 250,000 people participated in the 2010 Stand (locally, 200 took the pledge), and the numbers are expected to increase in 2011.
Locally, over 46 organizations in Topeka and Shawnee County have partnered with the YWCA of Topeka as participating sites of the event. Each participating site will host their own Stand Against Racism event at their own location. A list of participating sites in our area can be found on our Web site: www.StandAgainstRacism.org.
“Strength comes from numbers – that’s why we are asking people to come out and join with forty-six organizations that have partnered with us,” stated Joyce Martin, CEO of the Topeka YWCA.
All participating sites as well as public activities can be found at www.standagainstracism.org.