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YWCA High Point Advocacy

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. We’ve been at the forefront of the biggest issues of the day for 160 years: from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity and from violence prevention to health care reform. We carry on this long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our mission — and you are a crucial part of this work.

Advocacy Agenda

Eliminate policies and practices that criminalize people of color

YWCA High Point is committed to ensuring everyone is afforded equal opportunity and protection under the law. Too often, however, stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics are embedded in our laws and public policies. They are also reflected in racial profiling, heightened surveillance tactics, targeted enforcement strategies, and other practices that increase policing of specific racial and ethnic communities (but not others) and criminalize people of color.

What we support:

  • Ending racial and religious profiling
  • Creating safe, equitable educational environments that support learning for all students, especially those most impacted by school discipline and sexual harassment policies and practices
  • Reforming laws, policies, and practices to safeguard people of color from police violence
  • Passing laws, resolutions, and ordinances that declare racism to be a public health crisis

Ensure health care for women, girls, and marginalized people

Quality, affordable, culturally-competent health care is critical to everyone. But for many women, children, people of color, and trauma survivors, getting the medical care and insurance coverage they need is a struggle. Moreover, unequal access to health care is a driving factor in racial disparities in maternal and other health outcomes in our community.

What we support:

  • Protecting and expanding healthcare coverage for women
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Comprehensive reproductive health services
  • Improved maternal health outcomes for women of color
  • Elimination of health disparities
  • Addressing racism as a public health crisis

YWCA High Point’s statement on reproductive rights: YWCA High Point supports the right of reproductive freedom for all people to make fundamental decisions about whether and when to have children.

Protect Immigrant Women, Children, and Families

YWCA High Point is committed to ensuring that those seeking safety and opportunity in our community can arrive and live without fear, harm, or discrimination. Current immigration policies, however, have retraumatized survivors of violence, heightened fears, and exacerbated discrimination against immigrant communities. Any discussion of immigration must prioritize the safety of immigrant women, children, and families who often have experienced violence, trafficking, extreme poverty, and other threats to their safety and health.

What we support:

  • A path to citizenship for undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children
  • An end to family separation and family detention
  • Asylum for survivors of violence
  • Full and fair immigration and asylum proceedings

Protect the Rights and Safety of Marginalized Communities

YWCA’s intersectional mission to eliminate racism and empower women demands that we show up to advocate against the oppression that historically marginalized groups and individuals endure. We recognize the interconnected experiences of discrimination and disadvantage that women face from their overlapping identities.

What we support:

  • A complete, fair, and transparent census and redistricting process
  • Restoration of the full protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Equal Rights Amendment

Expand opportunities for women’s successful workplace participation

Equal pay, workplace fairness, and access to high-skill and high-wage jobs are essential to women’s economic advancement in the 21st century. As breadwinners, caretakers, and essential drivers of our nation’s economy, women should not have to choose between their livelihood and their health, their family, or their safety. Yet many women and families, particularly women and families of color, must make this choice daily.

What we support:

  • Fair wages and equal pay
  • Safe, fair, and inclusive workplaces free of discrimination and harassment
  • Paid family leave, paid sick leave, and job-protected safe leave
  • Access to training, career development, and educational opportunities in high-skilled, high-wage, STEM, and other 21st-century work opportunities

Advocacy Initiatives

YWCA USA Advocacy Agenda

Your voice is critical as we advocate for policies that bring us closer to eliminating racism, empowering women, and ensuring peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Learn more about YWCA USA’s policy and advocacy agenda here. Visit YWCA USA’s Action Center to join in taking action on 2022 legislative priorities.

This is your voice, your vote, your future.

YWCA USA RESOURCE LIBRARY

YWCA High Point Advocacy

YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities. We’ve been at the forefront of the biggest issues of the day for 160 years: from voting rights to civil rights, from affordable housing to pay equity and from violence prevention to health care reform. We carry on this long tradition of social action and advocacy to advance our mission — and you are a crucial part of this work.

Advocacy Agenda

Eliminate policies and practices that criminalize people of color

YWCA High Point is committed to ensuring everyone is afforded equal opportunity and protection under the law. Too often, however, stereotypes, biases, and racial power dynamics are embedded in our laws and public policies. They are also reflected in racial profiling, heightened surveillance tactics, targeted enforcement strategies, and other practices that increase policing of specific racial and ethnic communities (but not others) and criminalize people of color.

What we support:

  • Ending racial and religious profiling
  • Creating safe, equitable educational environments that support learning for all students, especially those most impacted by school discipline and sexual harassment policies and practices
  • Reforming laws, policies, and practices to safeguard people of color from police violence
  • Passing laws, resolutions, and ordinances that declare racism to be a public health crisis

Ensure health care for women, girls, and marginalized people

Quality, affordable, culturally-competent health care is critical to everyone. But for many women, children, people of color, and trauma survivors, getting the medical care and insurance coverage they need is a struggle. Moreover, unequal access to health care is a driving factor in racial disparities in maternal and other health outcomes in our community.

What we support:

  • Protecting and expanding healthcare coverage for women
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Comprehensive reproductive health services
  • Improved maternal health outcomes for women of color
  • Elimination of health disparities
  • Addressing racism as a public health crisis

YWCA High Point’s statement on reproductive rights: YWCA High Point supports the right of reproductive freedom for all people to make fundamental decisions about whether and when to have children.

Protect Immigrant Women, Children, and Families

YWCA High Point is committed to ensuring that those seeking safety and opportunity in our community can arrive and live without fear, harm, or discrimination. Current immigration policies, however, have retraumatized survivors of violence, heightened fears, and exacerbated discrimination against immigrant communities. Any discussion of immigration must prioritize the safety of immigrant women, children, and families who often have experienced violence, trafficking, extreme poverty, and other threats to their safety and health.

What we support:

  • A path to citizenship for undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children
  • An end to family separation and family detention
  • Asylum for survivors of violence
  • Full and fair immigration and asylum proceedings

Protect the Rights and Safety of Marginalized Communities

YWCA’s intersectional mission to eliminate racism and empower women demands that we show up to advocate against the oppression that historically marginalized groups and individuals endure. We recognize the interconnected experiences of discrimination and disadvantage that women face from their overlapping identities.

What we support:

  • A complete, fair, and transparent census and redistricting process
  • Restoration of the full protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Equal Rights Amendment

Expand opportunities for women’s successful workplace participation

Equal pay, workplace fairness, and access to high-skill and high-wage jobs are essential to women’s economic advancement in the 21st century. As breadwinners, caretakers, and essential drivers of our nation’s economy, women should not have to choose between their livelihood and their health, their family, or their safety. Yet many women and families, particularly women and families of color, must make this choice daily.

What we support:

  • Fair wages and equal pay
  • Safe, fair, and inclusive workplaces free of discrimination and harassment
  • Paid family leave, paid sick leave, and job-protected safe leave
  • Access to training, career development, and educational opportunities in high-skilled, high-wage, STEM, and other 21st-century work opportunities

Advocacy Initiatives

YWCA USA Advocacy Agenda

Your voice is critical as we advocate for policies that bring us closer to eliminating racism, empowering women, and ensuring peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Learn more about YWCA USA’s policy and advocacy agenda here. Visit YWCA USA’s Action Center to join in taking action on 2022 legislative priorities.

This is your voice, your vote, your future.

YWCA USA RESOURCE LIBRARY

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