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YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. Announces 2017 Stand Against Racism On Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 8:30 - 11 a.m.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc., (YWCA-GCR) is excited to announce our 2017 STAND AGAINST RACISM (SAR) on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. at YWCA-GCR located at 21 First Street, Troy, NY 12180 in our Gym including the lobby and second floor. This year’s SAR focus is Women (includes transgender women) of Color Leading Change!

To honor Women of Color leaders, we will be hosting: a Women of Color Leading Change and Allies Expo followed by a Special Keynote: How Women of Color Are Breaking Barriers To Lead Change, Sharon Cates-Williams, Deputy Commissioner Performance Improvement and Management Services at New York State Education New York State Education Baruch College, a Woman of Color Leading Change.

The schedule of the day’s events:

  • 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. – Registration
    • Breakfast specialties and beverages will be served.
  • 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Networking and connecting with Women of Color Leading Change and Allies Expo vendors
  • 10:00 a.m. - Keynote Speaker, Sharon Cates-Williams

“By 2050, Women of Color will constitute 53 percent of U.S. women, yet they continue to be marginalized economically, politically, and socially, it is clearer than ever that our mission can be fulfilled only by working strategically and vigorously to eliminate racism and empower women. If we are to fully embody a mission that compels us to thrust our collective power toward the elimination of racism, then we must build a sustainable and strategic infrastructure purposed to dismantle the institutional and structural forms of racism that continue to affect our lives, loved ones, and communities.” YWCA USA

Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of our larger national strategy to fulfill our mission of eliminating racism. Founded by YWCA Trenton and YWCA Princeton in 2007, Stand Against Racism quickly grew to a national presence by 2010, when an additional 80 YWCAs across the nation took a Stand. Over 2,000 organizations across 39 states joined in the Stand Against Racism. This phenomenal success attracted well over 250,000 participants and earned the endorsement of five U.S. Governors. The event has been widely featured by local ABC, NBC, CBS, and other networks. The 2,000 community sites included United Ways, Chambers of Commerce, State Governments and other municipalities, universities and colleges, Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, houses of worship, schools, civic associations, nonprofit organizations, hospitals and others. Please visit if you're interested in registering to host a Stand Against Racism event.

YWCA-GCR’s 2017 Stand Against Racism will be an Expo featuring Women of Color Leading Change and Allies that advocate, mentor, coach and advance the empowerment of all women, especially Women of Color. This will be an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to promote their business and upcoming events, share their work, network, and connect with other women, men and children, while STANDING AGAINST RACISM. All expo participants will also prove provide a statement about how they are leading change as a Woman of Color or an Allie for all women, especially Women of Color AND Why they Stand Against Racism.

There is still availability if businesses and organizations would like to participate as a Women of Color Leading Change Agent or an Allie. The cost to participate is a $50 donation. If interested, they should contact Malissa Pilette-McClenon at 518.274.7100 or

We invite the public to join us and STAND AGAINST RACISM. NEW THIS YEAR: Stand Against Racism T-Shirt will be available for purchase at the event.

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