Mission Impact

Racial Justice

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.

  • Racial Justice ≠ Diversity (Diversity = Variety)
  • Racial Justice ≠ Equality (Equality = Sameness)
  • Racial Justice = Equity (Equity = Fairness, Justice)

Indicators: Equitable impacts and outcome across race is the key indicator of racial justice.

Affirmative Action
YWCA supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race and gender.
Monthly Meetings
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.
  • Economic justice encompasses the moral principles which guide the design of economic institutions.
  • Economic Justice ≠ financial literacy (financial literacy is balancing a check book, having a credit card, personal money management)
  • Economic Justice ≠ simply having a job
  • Economic justice = equity, fairness and justice; which includes fair distribution of economic resources, the exchange of goods and services, how each person earns a living, enters into contracts, and a world where institutions no longer perpetuate conditions that create the systems of poverty

Indicator: Equitable impacts and outcomes across economic systems impacting women and men is the key indicator of economic justice.

Welfare Reform
YWCA supports an anti-poverty approach to welfare reform that increases education and training opportunities, opposes marriage promotion/incentives, restores benefits to legal immigrants, addresses barriers to self-sufficiency and provides affordable and accessible child care.

Increasing Womens Income
YWCA supports initiatives to increase the income of women, including policies that raise the minimum wage, protect overtime, strengthen equal pay, maintain the earned income tax credit, oppose the privatization of social security, and expand non-traditional training for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds

Affordable, Accessible Early Childhood Education
YWCA supports quality, affordable and accessible early childhood education that assists adults in moving towards economic independence and provides children with culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate activities that enable children to succeed in school.