YWCA Santa Monica/Westside holds protest rally against racism
Members of the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside held a rally at the corner of 14th Street and Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica April 26 to “stand against racism.”
“The purpose of the rally is to acknowledge that racism exists and that we should not only protest racial incidents after they occur, but also demonstrate proactively – with
passion and commitment – our desire for a world in which equality and fairness exist for all,” said educator and activist Kesa Kivel, who helped organize the event.
The group, which included youths who take part in the YWCA’s Girl Central after-school program, waved signs with statements such as “I Stand Against Racism,” “Racism Hurts Everyone,” “Equality for All,” and “Celebrate Diversity.”
The YWCA Santa Monica/Westside participated in the Stand Against Racism event for the first time in collaboration with over 100 YWCA organizations nationwide and their community partners. The annual YWCA event first started in 2008.
“Stand Against Racism is at the heart of everything we do here at the YWCA in terms of our efforts to bring together women and girls of different backgrounds and experiences to learn from each other, grow, and give back to their community,” said Julia Miele, executive director of the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside.
“The persistence and pervasiveness of racism divides our community and keeps individuals from achieving success in education, economics, employment, and quality of life.”