From Declarations to Change: Racism as a Public Health Crisis
As our nation faces the intersecting dilemmas of COVID-19 and racism, YWCAs around the country are using the April 22-25 #StandAgainstRacism campaign to dissect racism as a public health crisis. YWCA Central Alabama invites health care and women's leadership advocate Alethia M. Jackson and public health researcher Dr. April P. Carson to discuss the economic and social determinants of health and how racism impacts public health outcomes. Public health is central to racial justice work and is critical to uprooting systemic inequity in communities of color. They will be joined by YWCA Central Alabama CEO, Dr. LaRhonda Magras.
Join us online for our Domestic Violence training. This training session addresses how transformation becomes possible when individuals, families, and communities have access to both knowledge and tools. Join the conversation, raise community awareness, and learn the many signs of domestic violence. The event is free.
YWCA Central Alabama's Family Resource Center begins hosting GED preparatory classes on Jan. 4. The GED test offers those who did not complete high school the opportunity to earn high school credentials. If an individual’s GED test scores are satisfactory, an official High School Equivalency Diploma will be awarded by Alabama. Sign up now!
YWCA Central Alabama is hosting the 21-Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge in Alabama to further our mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The premise of the event is to do one action every weekday for 21 days to further your understanding of power, privilege, oppression, and equity.
YWCA Central Alabama invites you to log in for our powerful discussion on YWeVote: Your Vote, Your Voice. This free 12-1 p.m. (CDT) webinar set for July 15 will address voting rights, voter suppression, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, and the importance of getting out the vote in 2020. Birmingham Bar Association members may earn 1 CLE hour. YWCA Central Alabama CEO Dr. LaRhonda Magras will moderate this esteemed panel, which includes Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq., CEO, YWCA USA; Anthony Daniels, House Minority Leader, Alabama State Legislature; John Paul Taylor of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and NBC and MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Vance, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and UA's Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law.
YWCA Central Alabama will host a virtual conversation with community leaders about the current state of race in Birmingham. As YWCA continues our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women, we are steadfast in our commitment to join with allies to work toward a society where black and brown lives matter and where our criminal justice, educational, health care, and all other systems are intentionally designed to replace disparity with equity.
June is National Homeownership Month. In observance, the YW will host a panel of experts to discuss The Journey to Affordable Housing: The YW's Role in Safe Shelter. This virtual event, moderated by YWCA CEO Dr. LaRhonda S. Magras, features Mechelle Sippial Wilder, ARC Realty Partner, Associate Broker; Kenneth E. Free, Alabama Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and YWCA Central Alabama's very own Monica Shields, Interfaith Hospitality House Shelter Manager. There is no cost to participate (https://givepul.se/lr0jxv) in the discussion about financial literacy, negative rental or criminal history, and fair housing laws.
YWe March…in unity…in solidarity…to honor history. Join us on Friday, June 19 as we walk from YWCA downtown to Kelly Ingram Park. As a YWCA staff, we will march to Kelly Ingram Park to participate in the National Million People March for Justice, organized by the Alabama Rally Against Justice. The June 19 event will begin promptly at noon. If interested in joining, please meet at the YW (309 23rd St N, Birmingham, AL) at 11 a.m. for an 11:15 a.m. departure.