On January 21, 2017 we marched in solidarity against intolerance and in the continued fight for civil liberties at the Women’s March on NYC! YWCA Brooklyn is proud to be a part of such a historic event.
Our day began at UN Plaza where we met with hundreds of people that signed up to march with us and spread the YWCA Brooklyn’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.
YWCA Brooklyn was represented and supported both at the Women’s March on New York City and also in Washington D.C. by our board members, council members, assembly members and friends.
The evening before the historic rally and march, friends and community members came together at YWCA Brooklyn for a sign-making party. Emphasis was on creating signs that promoted the mission of the YWCA in areas such as eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting dignity for all.
During the day, YWCA Brooklyn also joined Lady Parts Justice League and NYC’s Women’s March for the Rise Up 2017 Activist Fair.
YWCA Brooklyn handed out materials and spoke with students about the YW LEAD Brooklyn College Access Program. The program will provide exceptional young women with opportunities to prepare for, gain admission to, and enroll in college. Through tutoring and test prep, college inquiry, leadership development, peer-to-peer mentoring, summer internships and student and community networking events, the YW LEAD Brooklyn Program will assist young women in becoming LEADers in their schools, on college campuses and in their communities.
The Activist Fair was open to the public and included a panel discussion with Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund; Cidra Sebastien – Associate Executive Director, The Brotherhood/ Sister Sol; and Octavia Lewis.