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YWCA Spokane invites the community to attend its annual Stand Against Racism event Friday, (April 26) from 11:30 a.m – 1 p.m at Empire Health Foundation’s Philanthropy Center, 1020 W Riverside Ave. in Spokane.

This month, more than 40 YWCA agencies across the nation are hosting public events that engage in dialogue that confront stereotypes and bias as a community. The goal of the annual event, according to a press release, is, “to unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism.”

Each event includes opportunities to learn what community members can do as individuals and as a collective.

This year, YWCA Spokane’s ‘courageous conversation’ will align with YWCA USA’s national theme: No Hate. No Fear. Immigrant Justice is Racial Justice.

In addition to bringing awareness to the racism immigrants experience, three immigrants, living in Spokane, will share their personal experiences. Additional time will be provided for a panel discussion and a question and answer session.

“It is our responsibility to stand up for those most vulnerable and marginalized in our community, and this event gives us an opportunity to do so. We are stronger together,” said Kiana McKenna, YWCA Board Member and Co-Chair of the YWCA Spokane Racial and Social Justice Committee in a press release.

  • What:              YWCA Spokane’s Annual Stand Against Racism
  • When:             Friday, April 26 | 11:30 a.m – 1 p.m
  • Where:            Philanthropy Center, 1020 W Riverside Ave
  • Cost:               Free and open to the public
  • RSVP:             ywcaspokane.org/sar2019
  • Questions:     community@ywcaspokane.org | 509-789-9312
  • Share:             #standagainstracism
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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