YWCA to discuss environmental racism and its affect on our community

| June 24, 2013

The month of June is Environment Month. This year, come celebrate with YWCA Northeast Indiana and learn about what happens when discrimination takes the form of environmental hazards.

This racism, called “environmental racism” refers to the geographic relationship between environmental degradation and low-income or minority communities. In the U.S., the people populating areas within 2 miles of our nation’s hazardous waste facilities are by majority people of color. These racial disparities exist in 9 out of 10 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions.

Come explore this topic more with us in this installment of the Diversity Dialogue series on Wednesday, June 26, from noon to 1:30 pm at YWCA Northeast Indiana’s 1610 Spy Run Avenue office. This and all Diversity Dialogues are free and open to the public. Free parking is available. To join us, please RSVP on our YWCA Northeast Indiana Facebook page, or contact Administrative Coordinator Sue Hiatt at SHiatt@ywcaerew.org or (260) 424-4908 ext.254.

The titles for the remainder of the 2013 Diversity Dialogue series are as follows:

July: “Transitions: What Does it Mean to be Transgendered?”

August: “Signs, Symptoms, and The System: A Look at Youth Mental Health”

September: “Community Response to Returning Veterans”

October: “Guns and Intimate Partner Violence: Is There a Connection?”

There will be no Diversity Dialogues taking place in November or December. For more information on these Dialogues, stay tuned to our website (www.ywca.org/NEIN) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/YWCANortheastIndiana).

About the YWCA 

The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries. 

Since 1894, the YWCA Northeast Indiana, which serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties, has given voice to the concerns of women and provided services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. A nonprofit organization, the YWCA operates Indiana’s oldest domestic violence shelter, providing shelter and services to women, men and children escaping domestic violence. The YWCA welcomes the interest and participation of both women and men committed to this vision. The organization receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups, and is a United Way Partner Agency in each county served. 

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