Shutdown Hurts Women, Families, And Communities Of Color

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Shutdown Hurts Women, Families, And Communities Of Color

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STATEMENT BY YWCA USA CEO ALEJANDRA Y. CASTILLO

“We are deeply disappointed in Congress’ failure to do their jobs and fund programs that support women, families, and our communities.

“The impacts of this shutdown are broad and diverse, from the expiration of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) blatantly putting children’s health at risk, to leaving the fate of 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program recipients up in the air, to shutting off Head Start and other grants and programs that infuse resources into communities where they need it most. At YWCA, we are especially concerned about the impact this will have on the communities we serve.

“Immigrants deserve immediate action on the Dream Act and women, families, and communities deserve access to the federally funded services supported by taxpayers. The reverberations of this mistake will harm millions of Americans for months after a resolution is made – but we already know that women, children and communities of color stand to lose the most.

“We call on Congress to provide permanent protections to Dreamers, reauthorize CHIP, and fund the federal government now.”

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