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Registration is Open – 2021 Racial Justice Summit

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Registration for YWCA Madison’s Hybrid Racial Justice Summit is Now Open 

Madison, WI, August 11th Registration is now open for YWCA Madison’s Hybrid Racial Justice Summit. The past two years of intense existence amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, the global uprisings for racial justice,  and within the pervasive system of suffocating inequity has deeply impacted the way we live our lives every day.  “2020 has shown and taught us so much about what we do not want to return to.  There is no greater time than the present to reimagine us, who we are, and who we want to be”  Vanessa McDowell, CEO of YWCA Madison. 

Building on the ongoing invitation and practice of centering Blackness as a path to build collective power and justice for all, YWCA Madison’s 20th Racial Justice Summit theme, this year, is Reimagining Us: Unapologetic Love, Transformative Justice, and Radical Imagination. Our invitation this year is the continuation of co-creating a legacy of racial justice and collective liberation for future generations by deliberately seeding who we need to be as whole people in relationship with each other and Nature. In this common imperative of Reimagining Us, we offer the practices of unapologetic love, transformative justice, and radical imagination as compasses for our journey towards co-liberation.

In the face of the violence of racialized hate, bias, and oppression, we will invite people and organizations to practice unapologetic love as we uproot systems of oppression from within and around us while seeding and nurturing ways of being, practices, and systems that center humanity, community, growth, and restoration. 

As part of the movement for transformative justice, we will invite people and organizations to commit to restoration and amends for those who have been harmed. We will call each other to commit to redefining safety, trust, and social norms to interrupt harm. In an effort to nurture emergent and life-affirming systems, we will offer opportunities to engage in generative dialogues in hopes of co-creating a shared vision and building collective capacity for justice and restoration. 

Furthermore, these times are calling us to be deliberate and proactive in the co-creation of the world we want to live in with the audacity of radical imagination, to dream of the values, beliefs, practices, processes, and systems that will make racial justice and collective liberation possible. And to then, courageously breathe life into our collective freedom dreaming with our committed transformative action across generations, communities, professional practices, and intersectional movements. 

Our 2021 Racial Justice Summit will offer a combination of virtual keynotes and online community spaces throughout Tuesday, September 28th and Thursday, the 30th,  as well as a limited selection of curated in-person offerings on Wednesday, September 29th at the Monona Terrace Convention Center and other locations in our State. Some of the featured keynote speakers for our 20th Summit will be Valarie Kaur, Mariame Kaba, Darnell Moore, Mia Mingus, Tokata Iron Eyes, adrienne maree brown, and Parker J. Palmer. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Please join us as we reimagine our world as we know it. The Racial Justice Summit will take place, September 28 to 30, 2021. Visit ywcamadison.org/racial-justice-summit to register and to learn more. 

For more information, contact Gery Paredes Vasquez at gpvasquez@ywcamadison.org.  Also, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YWCAMadison to receive updates and news about this event.

YWCA Madison is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, dignity, and justice for all. YWCA Madison is part of an international movement serving over 2 million in the United States and 25 million worldwide. For comprehensive information about this important work, go to www.ywcamadison.org and www.ywca.org.

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