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It's Time to Act!™ Forum Series

Moving From Conversation to Racial Justice Action

The goal of eliminating racism in Minnesota and beyond is within our reach. It begins with conversation, and it’s propelled by action.

Join YWCA in its mission to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism. It’s Time to Act!TM is a forum series that engages participants for deeper learning and action planning around issues of race, equity, identity and social justice.

The forums are a catalyst for changemaking, where attendees take a deep dive into issues affecting our community and are inspired to identify their own role and power to create change. Pairing lectures with intentional action planning, it is an opportunity for attendees to move from talk to action.

2022-2023 Series

Rhetoric of Hate: Art as Activism

Centering the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

Artists in many ways have always been on the front line of social activism constantly pushing our imaginations to envision what the world can and should be. Artists and writers have also put forth stories, poetry and visual representation of the desired social relationships that are needed to carry us into a more just, equitable tomorrow.

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 13
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm CT
Location: Virtual
Cost: $25

Presenters:  Anh Thu Pham and Tri Vo


Rhetoric of Hate: White Violence and White Silence

Have you ever seen an image of the pyramid of white supremacy? The top of the pyramid shows examples of racialized hate and violence that we might typically associate with white supremacy — slurs, hate crimes, the KKK. But what’s underneath those things on the pyramid are all of the parts of white supremacy culture that persevere more innocuously. Having a base of white silence paves the way for white violence.

In this It’s Time to Act! forum in the Rhetoric of Hate Series, we will explore the impacts of white silence and violence through the arc of life and generations. We will engage with histories of whiteness, the harmful impacts on communities of color and youth of all backgrounds, and how we hold notions of race and racism in our bodies — along with leveraging art and activism into the conversation. This event will feature Susan Raffo of Healing Histories Project and David Boehnke, community activist, and will be moderated by Kelley Winchester Nelson, YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice & Public Policy team.

Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm CT
Location: Westminster Presbyterian Church

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Your support helps us move conversations about race to action.

With your sponsorship, your organization will become a visible racial justice champion, supporting programs that empower community members to address racial inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels.

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Contact David Lundin at or 612-215-4158 for payment assistance or for an invoice request.

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About YWCA’s Racial Justice and Public Policy Work

YWCA Minneapolis is a national leader in the field of racial equity; facilitating change and generating meaningful action in the workplace and the community.

Our Racial Justice and Public Policy Department works within the community to eliminate inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels through a continuum of moving from knowledge, awareness and skills to action. We do this by partnering with individuals, organizations and businesses through racial justice trainingInc.lude™ consultingadvocacy and workshops.