The Elimination of Racism
YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes but is not limited to policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination.
YWCA McLean County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Is it realistic to believe an organization can really eliminate racism? Our approach is to provide guidance and offer programs that influence racial justice and empower women financially/economically. In the US and most of the world there is a system of hierarchy and inequality based on race. It operates historically, institutionally and culturally to produce preferential treatment, privilege and power for white people at the expense of people of color.
Definition of racism: race is based on prejudice + privilege + power to discriminate or oppress. Racial justice is a proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes and actions that produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts and outcomes for all.
Indicators: Equitable impacts and outcome across race is the key indicator of racial justice.
YWCA supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race and gender.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
NAACP meets the third Thursday of each month from 7 - 8 pm at Wayman AME Church, 803 W. Olive, Bloomington. For information call (866) 881-9848.
McLean County Urban League
Tomorrow's Scientists, Technicians and Managers (TSTM) High School Program meets the second Saturday from 11 am - 1 pm at Bloomington High School. TSTM Middle School Program meets the fourth Saturday from 11 am–1 pm at Bloomington High School. For information contact Adrian Cooper at (309) 829-2792 or (309) 829-7876 (fax).
Women’s Economic Empowerment is defined as the expansion and enhancement of women's ability to make strategic choices at all life phases; improve the economic situation of women individually and collectively; and holistically alter existing power structures that previously denied or underutilized women’s strengths.
Indicator: Equitable impacts and outcomes across economic systems impacting women and men is the key indicator of economic justice.
Increasing Womens Income
Affordable, Accessible Early Childhood Education