Join YWCA Olympia This October As We Read When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
As we continue to push for Racial Justice and the dismantling of racism, police brutality and all forms of oppression, YWCA Olympia invites you to join us this October as we read New York Times Bestseller When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.
Let’s read together and deepen our commitment to ensuring that Black Lives Matter.
We hope you’ll join us and encourage you to shop local when you purchase this book!
For those of you who are participating in our October Book Read and planning to attend our November 6th Womxn of Achievement Celebration, we invite you to submit questions as you read When They Call You A Terrorist. Submit using the form below!
Womxn of Achievement With Special Guest Patrisse Cullors
For the 26th year, YWCA Olympia is excited to celebrate inspiring South Sound community members during our annual Womxn of Achievement Celebration on November 6th. As part of our collective work of bringing about racial and gender justice, YWCA Olympia is excited to amplify and celebrate the innovative work and inspiring visions of the 2020 Womxn of Achievement. Meet the Honorees! Meet The 2020 Honorees!
Welcoming Special Guest Patrisse Cullors: Artist, activist, educator, public speaker, and Los Angeles-native Patrisse Cullors is the Co-Founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and Founder of the Los Angeles-based grassroots organization Dignity and Power Now. For the last 20 years, Cullors has been on the frontlines of criminal justice reform and led Reform LA Jails’ “Yes on R” campaign, a ballot initiative that passed by a 71% landslide victory in March 2020.
Tickets: The 2020 Womxn of Achievement Celebration will be held virtually on Friday, November 6th at 6:30 pm. Please Note: Portions of this event will be available for a re-stream after the 6th, however, due to contract restrictions some of Patrisse’s talk will only be available on the evening of the live event.
Ticket Philosophy: Although Womxn of Achievement will be virtual, we are asking the community to help us generate needed donations by purchasing a ticket to attend this event, as you would if attending this event in-person. On the night of the event (November 6th), you will have the opportunity to make an additional donation if you are called to and are able to do so. Because we are selling tickets to support YWCA Olympia’s work, we are excited to “pass through” all of the night of donations directly to the 2020 Honorees, to invest in their critical work.
This means that the donations from the tickets will support YWCA Olympia and donations made the night of the event will directly support the 2020 WOA Honorees.
We want to make sure that Womxn of Achievement is accessible to all community members who want to join and celebrate alongside us. Because of this we’ve offered a tiered ticket structure that we hope increases accessibility for folx of all income levels. We also know that many individuals in our community are financially resourced and we are asking those individuals to reflect deeply on the privilege of wealth and access to financial resources and to make a commitment to using those resources to advance Racial Justice. Purchasing a ticket to Womxn of Achievement at a higher ticket price is one way of supporting that intention.
For the 26th year, YWCA Olympia seeks to celebrate inspiring South Sound community members during our annual Womxn of Achievement Celebration this November. We invite you to join us in honoring the amazing accomplishments of womxn in our community.
As part of our collective work of bringing about racial and gender justice, we are seeking nominations for our 2020 Womxn of Achievement to amplify and celebrate the innovative work and inspiring visions of individuals in our community. We are specifically seeking nominations of individuals who are focused on transformational intersectional and/or racial justice work aligned with one or more of YWCA Olympia’s core values: Centering Black and Indigenous Womxn & Womxn of Color, People Over Systems, Accountability, and Collective Care. Do you know someone doing work in the South Sound that should be honored? Check out our Nomination Portal for more details. Deadline to nominate is Sunday, September 20!!
REGISTRATION CLOSED! With the many changes due to the coronavirus, many of us have the privilege of staying home to keep others safe. We believe that uncertainty in this moment can be an opportunity to grow our awareness of how folks who don’t share our privileges are impacted every day. As this pandemic unfolds, we are seeing more clearly than ever how systemic racism functions within our society. This moment offers an opportunity to commit more deeply to living our values by engaging in anti-racism work.
We are excited to invite you to join us for Rise Against Racism: 2 Weeks of Action, our first event in the 2020 Racial Justice Event series. Over 2 weeks, this free, virtual campaign will help participants learn about anti-racism, get clear on their personal, actionable anti-racism goals, and participate in a learning community focused around social justice. We will be unpacking dominant culture norms that often show up as barriers to meaningful social justice and anti-racism work. This is a powerful opportunity to use this moment of stillness and reflection that many of us are experiencing to plant seeds for the change that we so desperately need as a human community.
Participation will include:
- Daily learnings for reflection and self-guided practices, sent to you via email newsletter.
- You will be asked to submit responses to the material through an online self-assessment survey. Your confidential responses will be collected by the YWCA team in preparation for a full-group webinar.
- We will hold a Closing RAR Webinar for all participants on Saturday, May 2nd. The webinar will open a space for discussion around our learning journey as individuals, and share our personal action plans for accountability and relationship building.
The Nuts and Bolts:
- Participants need an email address and access to the internet to access the materials.
- Learning materials selected for RAR may contain viewing a short slide show, listening to a podcast, or reading a handout.
- Expect the daily learning materials portion to take about 30 minutes of your time. The daily self-assessment is part of your learning and growth experience and also an opportunity for YWCA to tailor the Webinar to best support the participants.
By the end of Rise Against Racism (RAR), you will not only be better equipped to participate in dismantling racism, but you will create a personal action plan to keep you accountable to your commitment to anti-racism work.
This is a free program for adults and older teens.