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Stand Against Racism 2017

Stand Against Racism 2017

Sunday, April 30. 12pm-4pm

YWCA Central ME. 130 East Avenue


The YWCA’s sixth annual Stand Against Racism is a full day of education, dialogue, and action around racial justice. This year, the national theme of Stand Against Racism is ‘Women of Color Leading Change.’ The YWCA Central Maine is proud to offer an opportunity to learn from and celebrate the work women of color activists and students in Maine.

Stand Against Racism 2017 will offer a keynote address from Portland activist, Hamdia Ahmed. Ahmed is a lifelong activist and has worked on behalf of the Adopt A Future program by the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the U.N. Refugee Agency, which works to provide resources to educate children in refugee camps. She is currently a student at the University of Southern Maine.

Stand Against Racism will also feature the unveiling of a newly created mural by the Lewiston High School 21st Century Leaders in the YWCA gym! Student leaders will offer presentation and performance on their work creating a large-scale mural on the theme of Women of Color and Leadership. The presentation will discuss their work researching contemporary and historic women of color leaders and activists, the artistic process, and what leadership means to them. The mural was created with support from Bates College Department of Art students & faculty.

Stand Against Racism will include several powerful small-group workshops led by local students and activists and will be an opportunity for participants to dive deep with challenging topics including:

Session I:

The Connections Between Us: Women of Color Solidarity Workshop (For Women of Color only)

Magnifique Butoto

Maine People’s Alliance.

Samaa Aburraqib

For Us, By Us.

In this workshop, the facilitators will lead participants through exercises that ask them to think about the issues that divide us as women of color and how these issues impact us on a personal level and in our relationships with each other. The group will also work through exercises that emphasize group affirmations as well self-love and love for our communities.



White Folks’ Role in Anti-Racism

Central Maine Showing Up for Racial Justice

Central Maine Showing Up for Racial Justice organizes white Mainers in and around the Lewiston-Auburn area for racial justice, community organizing, mobilizing, and education. Join SURJ leaders to learn about ways in which white people can most effectively organize for racial justice and support movements led by and for people of color.


Justice and The New Jim Crow

Lewiston High School Civil Rights Team

Do you know your biases? Students from the Lewiston High School Civil Rights Team will lead a discussion around implicit and explicit biases and how bias connects to larger systematic injustices in the correctional system and the crisis of mass incarceration.


Session II:

Organizing Against Racism

Victoria Rodriguez, Community Organizer & Program Assistant

Maine Women’s Lobby.

This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to learn organizing and advocacy tactics to fight racism and highlight how the issues that Maine Women’s Lobby works on disproportionately impact women and girls of color.


Intersections of Racial and Healthcare Justice

Ronald Flannery, Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign Organizer

Southern Maine Worker’s Center

Southern Maine Worker’s Center is an economic justice oriented nonprofit that’s rooted in human rights principles. In our workshop we’ll explore how our racial justice commitments help to fuel our grassroots campaign for universal healthcare and the unjust ways in which people of color and immigrants are impacted by our current healthcare system. Through this, we’ll also examine the intersectional approach we use to help build power across class, race, and other forms of difference.


Unpack, Rewire, and Learn

Margaret Brownlee, Academic Advisor; Community Inclusion facilitator;

Co-Leader of the Intercultural and Diversity Faculty Interest Group;

Sub-Committee Member- President’s Diversity Council.

University of Southern Maine.

This breakout session will help participants understand how social priming leads to implicit bias, prejudice, and hate. We will unpack the overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination and discover how our positions of power and privilege effect our daily lives. By the end of the session, we will explore the five approaches of social justice activism and learn how to act today!

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Stand Against Racism 2017 is supported through the Maine Women’s Fund Swift Social Grants program and the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships.

All are welcome and childcare will be provided. If you would like to have childcare for the event, for more information, or to get involved contact Natalie at



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