Racial injustices have to end.
Racism has to be eliminated right now.
Since last summer, we have made multiple trips to the Ohio Statehouse to give proponent testimony for S.C.R. 14, which would declare racism a public health crisis in the State of Ohio. Ohio would be the first state to declare racial inequities have to be eliminated.
Until it is eliminated…
Only about 9% of grant-making from foundations is dedicated to communities of color. In the same vein, 2% of YWCA Dayton’s operating budget funds advocacy and racial justice efforts; our platform has been built on grit, resiliency, and committing to doing more with less, knowing that one day, we would be in our shared right now. In the last year alone, we’ve:
- Provided proponent testimony 5 times, including for Ohio House Bill 3 – Aisha’s Law – to protect victims of domestic violence.
- Endorsed 20 pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill 162 to eliminate Ohio’s spousal exemption for sex offenses and the statute of limitations on rape.
- Spent 105 hours on community outreach for programming and policies that women of color identified as priorities.
- Held 36 meetings with elected officials to advocate one-on-one about the local-level impact of this legislation
- Hosted four Y-Dub Discussions, free community dialogues on topics including the 2020 Census, voter engagement, and racial trauma in health care.
- Launched a special edition of our free 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, which saw more than 6,000 participants
- Introduced our new Sojourn Leadership and Justice Academy to convene and cultivate young women leaders as community change agents for racial justice, gender justice, and economic empowerment.
We are here in our right now. We invite the advocates, supporters, disrupters, thinkers, protesters, activators, change agents, change makers, dreamers, visionaries, those that are angry, sad, exhausted, tired, refreshed, renewed — the hopeful — to join us in doing more.
Our goals are simple. With your $10 a month gift, we commit to:
- An additional full-time staff member working solely on advocacy in racial justice and intersectionality, especially with youth.
- Sojourn Academy scholarships to build the next generation of leadership in this space.
- Capacity building through social enterprise, funding, and anti-racist work.
- Community building at the state, regional, and local levels.
- Legislative action that dismantles systemic racial structures.
We commit and will continue to do more…Until racism is eliminated.