YWCA USA: Support Survivors and Speak Out

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YWCA USA: Support Survivors and Speak Out

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STATEMENT BY YWCA USA CEO ALEJANDRA Y. CASTILLO

“Recently, new stories of sexual assault and harassment dominate the news cycle. But women, survivors and advocates confront these issues every day, whether or not they make the press. From the White House to the halls of Congress, from Hollywood to main street, men use their positions of relative authority and power to intimidate women and survivors of violence into silence. Whether through Twitter, nondisclosure clauses, slander, career sabotage or physical violence, the act of silencing women and survivors is oppressive and morally bankrupt.

“The fact that voters are consistently faced with viable candidates who have committed violence against women and children underscores the severity and gravity of this problem. However, we are heartened that perseverance and civic engagement continues in spite of significant voter suppression. Black women in particular have continued to raise their voices and organize their communities against injustice.

“Together, we must keep working to address our country’s pervasive and insidious culture of gender-based violence, as YWCAs are doing daily in communities across the country.  We know that accountability for abusers is imperative in order to eradicate gender-based violence. Until that day comes, YWCA will continue to support survivors, call for justice, and work to empower women.”

About YWCA USA

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. We are one of the oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls, and their families.

YWCA has been at the forefront of the most pressing social movements for more than 150 years — from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity, from violence prevention to health care reform. Today, we combine programming and advocacy in order to generate institutional change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. Learn more: www.ywca.org.

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Danielle Marse-Kapr
845.629.8656 | dmarsekapr@ywca.org

YWCA Elgin’s Statement on the Murder of George Floyd

We are mourning the cold-hearted and cruel killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department Officer as three fellow officers watched. Mr. Floyd’s killing reminds us that for far too long African Americans are much more likely to die at the hands of the police. Mr. Floyd is the latest and most vivid example of how black lives continue to be discarded.

Protesters are marching in the streets across the United States, in the greatest numbers since the 1960’s. It sends a strong message we must make changes now and end this cycle. It is imperative to end the institutional racism that infects our society.

The YWCA Elgin stands with Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA, who states, “We are outraged by the callous killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer – and similarly appalled by the inaction of three other officers who stood by watching as George Floyd endured unspeakable suffering, but addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.”

We call on our national, state, and local leaders to immediately acknowledge the institutional racism in our society and to immediately implement change. The YWCA Elgin, along with the YWCA USA, is committed to racial justice, and we stand united in the fight for all for a fair and just society.

The Board of Directors, YWCA Elgin