YWCA 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

“As the world continues to change, I long for the day that we no longer have the need to see color, consider sexual orientation, or gender and instead open our […]

March 5, 2019 // EYEJ // No Comments //

“As the world continues to change, I long for the day that we no longer have the need to see color, consider sexual orientation, or gender and instead open our hearts to love every human just as they are. Until then I am committed to helping make changes to make our world a more loving and inclusive place for everyone. What will you do to help make these changes?” David Phillips,
President & Founder, Energetic Awakenings

EYEJ is participating in the YWCA 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge! Every day, the challenge engages in issues of diversity, identity, and what we can do to achieve social justice and equity in our community. The Challenge is looking at the idea of personal reflection on our own unconscious biases and the need for open conversation about them. While we may think we are free of them, founder and president of the organization Energetic Awakenings, David Phillips, speaks openly on learning more about his unconscious white privilege through the experiences of his African American husband. Author Lisa M. Evans examines the communication divide that is separating African Americans and White people – the only way to break through these implicit biases and ideas we have is to have an open and honest conversation.

EYEJ whole heartedly agrees. This is why we facilitate open, non-judgmental discussions on Community Relations, Power & Privilege, Civil Rights, Conflict Resolution, and Toxic Stress through our Discussion Series. We are committed to bringing together diverse individuals to have a constructive dialogue that will bridge the communication divide, empower our youth by amplifying their voices, and create positive change in Cleveland.

Furthermore, we don’t only believe in equality but equity.  It’s important to raise up those that are underserved.  It’s our responsibility.  This is reflected throughout the EYEJ organization from our Board, to our internal team to our volunteers.  Together we can create social justice.

Lisa M. Evans says it best in today’s highlighted poem:

“It’s time to have the conversation we’ve been avoiding for hundreds of years
It’s not going to be comfortable there will be anger, frustration and tears
But if we don’t come together nothing is going to get better
It’s time to talk.”
Lisa M. Evans, “It’s Time to Talk”

Find out ways EYEJ is creating a platform for conversation at eyej.org and learn more about supporting our mission at eyej.org/giving .