Local leaders and members of several community-based organizations including Community Advocates, Social Development Commission, United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and Diverse and Resilient gathered in front of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. statue in Milwaukee, looking to raise awareness about institutional and structural racism. They were participating in Stand Against Racism, a national campaign created by YWCA USA.
Similar events took place across the country Friday. The theme of this year’s event, according to Paula H. Penebaker, president and CEO of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, was racism against girls and women of color.
The campaign is meant “to bring together people who are interested in or working for justice to be part of a national campaign aimed at ending all types of racism, including against women,” Penebaker said.