Utica, N.Y., April 28, 2018 – YWCA Mohawk Valley (YWCA MV) calls all individuals to join with YWCA USA in taking a Stand Against Racism (SAR) between Thursday, April 26, and Sunday, April 29, and then again on Thursday, May 3, with Pizza and the Polls. Stand Against Racism unites communities and the nation in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism. This year’s Stand Against Racism theme is centered around civic engagement.

“Voting rights and civic engagement are, and have always been, core components of racial justice work. As civil rights are eroded for communities of color, we must work to support full access and engagement for women and girls of color in the political process,” said YWCA Mohawk Valley Chief Advancement Officer Kari Procopio.

On Thursday, May 3, YWCA Mohawk Valley’s Public Policy Committee partners with the League of Women Voters, Mohawk Valley Latino Association, and the Utica Chapter of the NAACP to host Pizza & the Polls at the Midtown Utica Community Center, 40 Faxton St, Utica, from 5 to 8 p.m.

This event aims to inform the public on the voting process by providing the opportunity to register to vote, update voter registration, or practice filling out a ballot.

“We hope those who are unregistered, new to voting, or just unsure of what do to at the polls will stop by for pizza and leave emboldened to engage in the electoral process,” added Procopio.

YWCA MV will be using social media to reach out to the community to educate and raise awareness about racism, from Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29. The SAR social media campaign will focus on educating the public about racism and what people can do to eliminate racism in their lives.

Stand Against Racism events are anticipated in nearly every state across the country including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations. Participants in YWCA’s Stand Against Racism range from schoolchildren to elected officials, from executives of large corporations to church leaders, and many others. For more details, or to look up a participating site, visit StandAgainstRacism.org.

To learn more about YWCA Mohawk Valley’s effort and mission, visit ywcamv.org.

About YWCA Mohawk Valley YWCA Mohawk Valley is a nonsectarian organization engaged in the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. In 2017, YWCA MV provided more than 20,000 instances of service in Herkimer and Oneida counties via such programs as violence prevention education, domestic and sexual violence crisis services, residential services for homeless and runaway girls, and emergency shelters and transitional housing for individuals escaping violence. For 24-hour help with domestic and/or sexual violence in Oneida County, call 315.797.7740. For 24-hour help with sexual violence in Herkimer County, call 315.866.4120. More information about YWCA Mohawk Valley can be found at www.ywcamv.org or by contacting Kari Procopio at kprocopio@ywcamv.org or 315.732.2159 ext. 233. YWCA MV receives funding support from the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica and the United Way of Rome & Western Oneida County.

 

 

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Stand Against Racism events are anticipated in nearly every state across the country including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations. Participants in YWCA’s Stand Against Racism range from schoolchildren to elected officials, from executives of large corporations to church leaders, and many others. For more details, or to look up a participating site, visit StandAgainstRacism.org.

 

To learn more about YWCA Mohawk Valley’s effort and mission, visit ywcamv.org.

 

 

About YWCA Mohawk Valley
YWCA Mohawk Valley is a nonsectarian organization engaged in the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. In 2017, YWCA MV provided more than 20,000 instances of service in Herkimer and Oneida counties via such programs as violence prevention education, domestic and sexual violence crisis services, residential services for homeless and runaway girls, and emergency shelters and transitional housing for individuals escaping violence. For 24-hour help with domestic and/or sexual violence in Oneida County, call 315.797.7740. For 24-hour help with sexual violence in Herkimer County, call 315.866.4120. More information about YWCA Mohawk Valley can be found at
www.ywcamv.org or by contacting Kari Procopio at kprocopio@ywcamv.org or 315.732.2159 ext. 233. YWCA MV receives funding support from the United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica and the United Way of Rome & Western Oneida County.

 

 

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