Our Stand Against Racism event helps raise awareness about systematic and structural racism and helps us build a community in the fight for equity and justice. This year, our focus is on Environmental Racism and the impact our environments have on marginalized communities.

Stand Against Racism 2023 Speakers

Join us on May 5 for YWCA's 12th Annual free and virtual Stand Against Racism event!

At YWCA, we know justice and equity for women cannot be achieved without confronting systemic and structural racism. As an organization dedicated to advancing justice for all, we want to ensure all are included and inspired to join us in the fight for justice. In the interest of achieving this, not only through action, but also in language, YWCAs across the country are renaming our annual campaign to Until Justice Just Is. This transition will take place over the next couple of years, so we are still using Stand Against Racism for our 2023 event.

This year, our focus is Environmental Racism. Our environment has a direct impact on our health, but not every environment is equal. Hear from moderator Sally Jewell (Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior) and panelists Hannah Wilson and Jamie 真理恵 Stroble as they discuss how racial justice is tied to climate justice, and how we can combat it nationally, statewide, and locally.

Sally Jewell (she/her)
Sally served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior under President Obama following 40+ years in business, including eight as CEO of REI. In government, she advocated for increasing access to America’s public lands, deepening constructive relationships with Indigenous communities, and supporting policies to enhance environmental protections and balanced use of our shared lands and waters. Her volunteer service over the course of her career, including YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish's Board of Directors, has given her an appreciation of the inner workings of our democracy and civil society.

Hannah Wilson (they/them)
Hannah is currently the Farm Manager at Yes Farm with the Black Farmers Collective and co-chair of the Environmental Justice Committee for the City of Seattle. In 2019, they graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management and a minor in Geography. As a queer, disabled deaf Black non-binary person, their intersectional identity informs the way they walk through the world and the work they do. They have committed their life’s work centered around food sovereignty and Black liberation, continuing to organize around community building, growing food, healing, and our relationships to the land and each other.

Jamie 真理恵 Stroble (she/her)
Jamie is a passionate environmental and climate justice policy advocate, community organizer, educator, and facilitator rooted in Seattle, Washington, and shaped by the lands and waters that raised her in Hawai’i. She has over 15 years of experience working in environmental justice-related fields, including youth programming, leadership development, intergenerational immigrants & refugee programs, affordable housing, food access, air quality & environmental health. From 2016-2021 she served as King County’s first Climate Equity & Community Partnerships manager, where she founded and led the creation of the first-ever climate justice framework for King County’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan.

Join the conversation and take collective action for equity by registering for our Stand Against Racism Event.

Ana Rodriguez-Knutsen

Ana Rodriguez-Knutsen is the Content Specialist for YWCA's Marketing & Editorial team. From fiction writing to advocacy work, Ana works with an intersectional mindset to uplift and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities.


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