The following message and invitation has been shared with permission on behalf of World YMCA.
During the last few weeks we have witnessed the world rise up in protest against racial inequality, sparked by the murder of George Floyd on 25 May in the United States. For many of us, it has opened old wounds; bringing up feelings of sadness, anger and frustration at the deep racial injustices that still occur in every corner of the world. Others are only now beginning to understand the realities of systematic and institutional racism, and the role that bias and privilege has played in perpetuating racism.
In light of this, we invite you to join Youth Voices: A Future Without Racism, a global online event hosted by World YMCA on Saturday 27 June:
Geneva, Switzerland 16:00 CET
Chicago, USA 09:00 CDT
Calgary, Canada 08:00 MDT
Hong Kong, Hong Kong 22:00 HKT
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook, or people can register to join via Zoom. The event is open to everyone, no matter age or status.
In the first event of this series on racism, Senait Brown, a Black Lives community organiser from Seattle, USA, will moderate a panel discussion on understanding racism with a diverse group of young people from around the globe. Following the panel discussion, participants will be invited to join a Virtual Café, to share personal experiences and continue the conversation on how we can collectively get to a future without racism.
I would like to reiterate that the global YMCA Movement is united in the fight against racism. We are committed to amplifying the voice of young people as they lead us towards a more just and inclusive world.
Thank you for sharing this event with your network and for giving Youth Voices your full support.
Carlos Madjri Sanvee
Secretary General, World YMCA
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About the Summit Area YMCA
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve over 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.