Janesville, Wisconsin – YWCA Rock County is hosting a virtual Stand Against Racism event on May 18 at noon through the YWCA Rock County Facebook page. Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA, meant to build community among those working for racial justice.
The theme for 2020 is civic engagement and Census participation.Ensuring access to voting and engaging marginalized communities in the political process are powerful tools for eliminating racism and creating a more inclusive democracy.
The 2020 Census provides another important opportunity for civic engagement. The results of the 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in congress, shape the boundaries for voting districts and determine how more than $675 billion in federal, state, and local funding supports communities around the country.
Traditionally, Stand Against Racism events are simultaneously held in Janesville and Beloit. However, due to COVID-19 and our duty to socially distance, one event will be held virtually through YWCA Rock County’s Facebook page.
Speakers will share their stories on civic engagement in Rock County. Speakers include;
-Regina Dunkin – Beloit City Council President
-Patty Hernandez – Principal, TAGOS Leadership Academy, Janesville School District
-Anissa Welch – Mayor, City of Milton
Attendees are also encouraged to share their stories and comments, as the speakers and YWCA Rock County staff will be on hand to offer additional commentary and answer any questions attendees may have.
YWCA Rock County’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/ywcarockcounty.