TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN
COALITION FOR ANTI-RACIST GLENDALE
In June 2020, YWCA Glendale, Black in Glendale and a group of committed community members, parents, educators, and faith leaders formed the Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale to lead the community forward following the murder of George Floyd and to lay the groundwork for systemic change to address racial inequities in Glendale. The Coalition is committed to creating a more just and equitable Glendale by 2027 by advancing systemic change in five key areas: housing, employment, education, justice and health. It determined that the first step in this work would be the presentation of a Sundown Town Resolution to acknowledge, apologize and atone for the City’s history of racist and exclusionary practices.
Todd Leonard, Glendale City Church
YWCA Glendale is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Our purpose is to ensure the health, safety, and economic empowerment of women, children and families and to strengthen communities to prevent and break the cycle of domestic violence.
WHAT WE DO
We provide resources and support to survivors of domestic violence and their children and through our education and prevention efforts we empower women, girls and families to build healthy relationships, achieve self-sufficiency, and live free from violence.
Our programs include a 24/7 Crisis Hotline, a 16-bed Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter, a Domestic Violence Community Services Center that provides case management, legal services, adult and child counseling, trauma informed childcare, and housing navigation support, a Violence Prevention Education and Outreach Program, a Girls Empowerment Program that offers after school programming, summer camp and STEAM education workshops and mentorship, and the Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale.
In January 2021, YWCA Glendale launched its first 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, designed to help people better understand how racial inequity and social injustice impacts our community. The challenge provides participants with daily tasks via email that include activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, and reflecting on personal experiences. By addressing issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership we can connect with others to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination. The Challenge will be offered once a year and the content of each day’s activities will be housed on the Challenge website so individuals can participate at any time.
The City of Glendale made the 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge mandatory for staff.
Tara Peterson, Director of YWCA Glendale in conjunction with California State University’s History Club Lecture Series:
BLACK IN GLENDALE
Black In Glendale's mission is to promote awareness and respect for Black culture through events that honor the heritage, creativity and contributions of Black people and builds community among Glendale neighbors and friends. Together we will provide a sense of community for people who live, work and play in Glendale.
BLACK LIVES MATTER - GLENDALE
A march for Black Lives Matter organized by students from Anderson W. Clark Magnet High School attracted over 1,500 people on Sunday, June 7 2020.
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (GCC)
STUDENT EQUITY MISSION
Student Equity’s mission is to ensure equitable educational opportunities and to promote student success for all students, to ensure policies, procedures, and practices are in place that advance the achievement of all students with an emphasis on eliminating the achievement gaps for students from traditionally underrepresented groups that are identified as disproportionately impacted.
The purpose of cultural programming at GCC is to engage students, faculty, staff, and administration on the current political and social environment which impacts the campus community and the populations which we serve. The Cultural Diversity Coordinator employs an equity framework to organize programming that aims to be responsive to current events and student needs, organizes events which celebrate diversity, and plans around the cultural calendar recognized by the National Education Association.
GLENDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (GUSD)
CULTURALLY RELEVANT AND RESPONSIVE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP (CREE)
Glendale Unified School District has convened a working group, made up of students, teachers, school and district administrators and staff, parents/guardians, and community members, focused on providing culturally relevant and responsive education for all students. The CREE Working Group includes multiple committees focused on five key areas:
1. Eliminating bias in curricula and educational materials.
2. Actively recruiting a more diverse workforce and providing professional development to ensure culturally competent, anti-biased leadership.
3. Analyzing student discipline data and continuing the use of Restorative Practices to build community, strengthen school culture, and repair relationships.
4. Engaging students and families to proactively develop inclusive school communities.
5. Connecting with community partners to support this work and provide culturally relevant educational opportunities for students.
THE GLENDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The mission of TGHS is to celebrate and preserve Glendale's history and architectural heritage through advocacy, education and outreach.
Identify and advocate for the preservation of Glendale’s historic resources;
Conserve Glendale’s historic character;
Educate the public about Glendale’s history and architectural heritage;
Engage the community in celebrating and preserving Glendale’s history and architectural heritage;
Discover and share the stories of people and communities in Glendale that have been overlooked; and
Operate and ensure responsible stewardship of the Doctors House Museum.
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“Coalition for an Anti-Racist Glendale Urges City Council to Pass Historic Sundown Town Resolution Acknowledging History of Racism and Commitment to a More Equitable Glendale.” YWCA Glendale California, 9 Sep, 2020. Press Release.
Seidman, Lila. “Glendale confronts its racist past, apologizing for ‘sundown’ laws.” Los Angeles Times. Oct 15, 2020. Accessed Feb 24, 2021.