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YWCA of Champaign County has opportunities for advocacy this month

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YWCA of Champaign County

The YWCA of Champaign County (formerly YWCA of the University of Illinois) exists to “eliminate racism and empower women”, and during the month of April they are promoting advocacy events that touch on each of these components.

The Racial Justice Challenge is part of the national YWCA organization, and begins April 17th. According to the website, the challenge “works to foster personal reflection, encourage social responsibility, and motivate participants to identify and act on ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.” There are daily challenge activities for four weeks, that may include reading an article, listening to a podcast, or doing a little self-reflection. You can sign up for the challenge here.

Locally, they are partnering with a host of area organizations for Urbana-Champaign Reproductive Justice Week. There are a myriad of events from April 23-30 where you can dig in to issues surrounding sex, abortion care, legislation, and more. Find the full list of events here.

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