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10th Anniversary of DACA: it was never enough

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

By: Belen de Leon, YWCA Columbus Program Coordinator June 15, 2022 marks the tenth anniversary of DACA, the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. YWCA Columbus celebrates this milestone by revisiting DACA’s history and impact, and by joining DACA recipients in calling for much-needed change to our immigration system.   What is DACA? Deferred Action… Continue Reading 10th Anniversary of DACA: it was never enough

Ohio is No Place for Hate: Our Statement on HB616

Monday, June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022 YWCA Columbus stands with our coalition partners against House Bill 616, colloquially named the “Don’t Say Gay, Don’t Say Race” bill. We believe that Ohio’s schools should be filled with opportunities for gaining an honest education, safety, and the affirmation of all students, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.… Continue Reading Ohio is No Place for Hate: Our Statement on HB616

Until All of Us Are Safe

Saturday, May 21, 2022

May 21, 2022 In the aftermath of the recent racially motivated massacre in Buffalo, New York, we took a necessary moment to pause and process this trauma. For Black people and other communities of color across our city and nation, the continuous string of lynchings is not just extremely heartbreaking, but also a constant reminder… Continue Reading Until All of Us Are Safe

Acting Against HB454 – Until Gender Justice, Just Is

Thursday, May 19, 2022

YWCA Columbus stands with our partners in support of public health and LGBTQ+ protections for transgender and non-binary youth. As highlighted by Equality Ohio, if passed into law, “HB454 would interfere with healthcare and youth safety by prohibiting: referrals for medicalized treatments for Gender Dysphoria (defined as, ‘clinically significant distress or impairment caused by a… Continue Reading Acting Against HB454 – Until Gender Justice, Just Is

YWCA Statement on Buffalo Shooting

Monday, May 16, 2022

YWCA Statement on Buffalo Shooting May 16, 2022   “Today, Black families in Buffalo woke up without someone they loved, someone they depended on, someone they laughed with, someone they cried on…only because they were Black in America. These horrific shootings are not the result of a lone extremist or an individual suffering from a… Continue Reading YWCA Statement on Buffalo Shooting

Protecting Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice “Take a Stand Against Ohio House Bill 598”

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Take a Stand Against Ohio House Bill 598 Find Your Representatives: Ohio House: https://www.ohiohouse.gov/members/district-map Ohio Senate: https://www.ohiosenate.gov/senators/district-map Draft Language: Use the draft script when you contact your representative, but be sure to make it personal! Hello, I’m a constituent of Representative/Senator ____________. I live in [City/Town]. I’m calling/writing to urge [Representative/Senator] to vote against House Bill 598.… Continue Reading Protecting Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice “Take a Stand Against Ohio House Bill 598”

YWCA Columbus to Join YWCAs Across Nation for the Stand Against Racism Challenge

Friday, March 11, 2022

Press Release – MARCH 11, 2022   YWCA Columbus to Join YWCAs Across Nation for the Stand Against Racism Challenge YWCA Columbus will be joining YWCAs across the nation for the Stand Against Racism Challenge on April 4, 2022. Previously known as the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, the Stand Against Racism Challenge… Continue Reading YWCA Columbus to Join YWCAs Across Nation for the Stand Against Racism Challenge

Black History Month: the living legacy of Black women’s leadership

Monday, February 21, 2022

By: Klarke Griffith (she/hers), 2nd year- 2024, Major: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a specialization in Law, Policy, and Governance Lalitha Pamidigantam, Policy Advisor, YWCA Columbus Throughout history, Black women have steadily led the way to liberation. From the abolition of slavery to Black Lives Matter, Black women have played pivotal roles in our history… Continue Reading Black History Month: the living legacy of Black women’s leadership

An acknowledgement of the trauma caused by the myth of Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

By: Lalitha Pamidigantam, YWCA Columbus Policy Analyst Belen de Leon, YWCA Columbus Program Coordinator YWCA Columbus recognizes that the history of Thanksgiving has historically been revised to erase Indigenous voices and experiences. As an antiracist agency that stands on the stolen land of the Kaskaskia people, Shawnadasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee), Myaamia, and the Hopewell, we are aware that anti-Indigenous racism is embedded… Continue Reading An acknowledgement of the trauma caused by the myth of Thanksgiving

YWCA’s new Center for Racial Equity is training Central Ohio businesses on anti-racism

Monday, November 22, 2021

Columbus Business First |  Article | YWCA Columbus’ mission has long been to eliminate racism, but now that goal is being further put into action with the launch of its new Center for Racial Equity. The center’s focus includes conducting racial equity trainings for Columbus-area businesses and nonprofits and expanding the organization’s racial equity policy… Continue Reading YWCA’s new Center for Racial Equity is training Central Ohio businesses on anti-racism

YWCA Columbus joins community leaders to demand affordable housing

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Columbus Dispatch |  Article | Black community leaders urged public and private officials to do more to create affordable housing in Greater Columbus, saying the need has become as dire as ever. … Christie Angel, president and CEO of YWCA in Columbus, said her organization now shelters 188 individuals, 76% of whom are Black. She… Continue Reading YWCA Columbus joins community leaders to demand affordable housing

YWCA Columbus and American Electric Power Foundation Launch New Center for Racial Equity

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

          YWCA Columbus is proud to announce the launch of the American Electric Power Foundation Center for Racial Equity at YWCA Columbus. The new Center will include YWCA Columbus’s existing diversity, equity, and inclusion training services as well as new programs focused on civic engagement, community dialogue, advocacy, leadership empowerment, and… Continue Reading YWCA Columbus and American Electric Power Foundation Launch New Center for Racial Equity

YWCA Columbus and key stakeholders publish Policing Primer

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Understanding This Current Moment: The Intersections of Policing and the Calls for Defunding the Police Read the full primer here. Contributors: Lalitha Pamidigantam, Kyasurina Adhikari, Jillian Olinger With special thanks to: Kenza Kamal, Director of Policy, Juvenile Justice Coalition Claire Decker, Columbus Safety Coalition Zeb Larson, PhD Allie Valocchi