The YWCA Clinton, Iowa is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Please click on the “quick links" at the right to learn more about YWCA-Clinton programs that address eliminating racism, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

The Elimination of Racism

The YWCA supports policies that contribute to the elimination of racism. This includes but is not limited to policies that eliminate racial profiling, increase immigrant rights, retain and strengthen affirmative action, reduce hate crimes and result in increased education on racism and its elimination.

Affirmative Action

The YWCA supports the maintenance and strengthening of affirmative action laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race and gender. Please click on the links below to learn more about local programs and events that seek to work towards our mission of eliminating racism.

You Can Help Create a World Without Racism
  • Value the differences and views of all individuals
  • Ask people of different backgrounds what racism means to them in order to better understand their experiences.
  • Be inclusive when planning meetings, activities, posters and surveys to ensure everyone is represented. But don’t do it for appearance purposes only. Make sure you/your organization has truly embraced diversity.
  • Racial jokes aren’t funny. Don’t laugh. Interrupt and ask the person to stop telling the joke.
  • Do not tolerate prejudiced talk or racist action. Intervene and tell those involved that their behavior is unacceptable.
  • Make a list of injustices and commit to fighting them.
  • Start looking at each individual as an equal and as an individual.
  • Ask people about their preferences when describing their ethnicity. For example, some people prefer Latino to Hispanic or Black to African American.
  • Make an ethnic dish and invite someone who has never tried it to dinner. Use it to open a dialogue to explore other cultures.
  • Write letters to newspapers, magazines and TV sponsors about public statements and actions that demean people.
  • Set an example for your family and friends by showing an unbiased respect and acceptance of others.
  • Attend diversity workshops to arm yourself with the knowledge and confidence necessary to fight racism. Besides at work, diversity classes are often available through colleges.
  • Be proud of and share your heritage so others can learn about you.
  • Find others who are taking active steps to eliminate racism and join them.

Discussion on Racism

The purpose of the YWCA’s Discussion on Racism series is to have an open dialogue on the topic of racism and to help find ways to combat racism in our community. The YWCA Hallmark Committee plans the Discussion on Racism several times throughout the year. If you would like to receive more information about the Discussion on Racism, please contact YWCA Marketing Director at 563-242-2110 or at marketing@ywcaclinton.org.

Stand Against Racism

The Stand Against Racism is a movement of the YWCA’s that aims to eliminate racism by raising awareness through this annual event. Our hope is to unite as one community in order to celebrate diversity, raise awareness that racism and injustice still exist, and silence the voices of those who promote hate.

Each April, we ask community members to take a Pledge Against Racism. This year we ask you to join with people nationwide to take the pledge to STAND AGAINST RACISM. Click HERE to take your pledge today!

If you have questions about the YWCA Stand Against Racism or would like to join the planning committee, please contact the YWCA Asst. Executive Director – Financial Development at 563-242-2110 or at financialdev@ywcaclinton.org.

Traveling Diversity Library

The YWCA Racial Justice committee has assembled a wonderful collection of forty diversity-themed children’s books as a resource for the community. Race, ethnicity, and poverty are themes addressed within the collection. Titles such as; White Socks Only, All the Colors We Are, Beatrice’s Goat, and Those Shoes are included. Click HERE to view a full list and description of books included in the Traveling Diversity Library.

Area schools, children and youth groups, youth summer camps, vacation Bible schools, childcare programs, Scouting organizations and other organized youth groups are encouraged to utilize this book collection. The YWCA hopes that the Traveling Diversity Library will be utilized for reading and discussion activities as well as sharing the joys and beauty of diversity with young readers throughout the community. To checkout or inquire about the Diversity Book Collection, contact Sarah Hood at the YWCA 563-242-2110 or financialdev@ywcaclinton.org.

Martin Luther King Celebration

January 2017 marks the 29th year of this community-wide celebration. Each January is a special time for us to come together and celebrate Dr. King’s vision of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. The MLK Planning Committee has been able to bring in programs and people who have inspired, entertained and generated discussion, as we all come together to remember the work and vision of Dr. King. Visit our Events page to see details about this year’s event.

Members of the 2015-2016 MLK Planning Committee:
Judy Doughty, Theresa Judge OSF, Lydia Halbach, Leslie McCreery, Rev. Nathanael Johnson, Kemi Okwumabua, Dina White, Mardell Mommsen, John Bonte, Wanda Wyatt-Hardwick, Bianca Sola-Perkins and Sarah Brubaker

To become a member of the MLK Planning Committee, please contact the YWCA Marketing Director at 563-242-2110 or email at marketing@ywcaclinton.org.

Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace

The Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace is held annually in our community on the Thursday closest to the September 21st global observance of the U. N. International Day of Peace.

The Peace Walk is organized by the Clinton Peace Coalition. Members of which include community members and organizations including Clinton Community College, Sisters of St. Francis, YWCA-Clinton, Ashford University, Prince of Peace Schools, and the Unity Center of Clinton.
For more information on the Stop the Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace, please call Mardell Mommsen at Clinton Community College at 563-244-7006.

Watch our Events page for more information on the 2016 Stop the Hate Show the Love Walk.

Clinton Peace Coalition

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Clinton Peace Coalition is to promote a holistic approach to a peaceful lifestyle through the education collaboration and cooperation of individuals, families and the organizations and agencies of our community.

The Clinton Peace Coalition Is a community based organization formed in 2002, which grew out of the YWCA Week Without Violence and our community’s Stop The Hate / Show the Love Annual Walk for Peace.The Clinton Peace Coalition consists of representatives from the YWCA Clinton, Clinton Community College, Sisters of Saint Francis, Ashford University, Clinton Schools, and other interested individuals.

The Clinton Peace Coalition is open to anyone interested in working within our community to promote peace and justice for all. Contact Mardell Mommsen at 563-244-7006 for more information.

Members of the Committee are:

Katey Simon
Mardell Mommsen – Clinton Community College
Judy Doughty
Leslie McCreery
Anne Martin Phelan OSF – Sisters of Saint Francis
Susan Peters – AAUW
Larry Libberton – Ashford University
Nancy Houzenga – YWCA Staff

All sharing the mission of the Clinton Peace Coalition and interested in working toward that, are invited to CPC meetings the first Wednesday of each month at the Corner Deli.

YWCA Week Without Violence

In October 1995, the YWCA challenged Americans to live for seven days in a new world. A world where there is talking, instead of yelling; negotiating, instead of hitting; open minds and open hands, instead of loaded guns; a country of peace, not violence; race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and religion would invoke more appreciation and respect — not fear and spite. Imagine a week without violence. Now imagine a lifetime. Make it happen. Watch for details every October

  • Every 2 1/2 minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted.
  • One in three women has been a victim of domestic violence.
  • Twenty-five percent of college women have been raped.
  • Seventy percent of cyberstalking victims are female.
  • Forty percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
  • More than 5.7 million youth are estimated to be involved in bullying.
  • Homicide is the leading cause of death for all pregnant women.
  • 18,000 to 20,000 of the victims of human trafficking are trafficked into the United States annual

For information about the YWCA Week Without Violence, or to get involved with the planning for this year’s event, please call the YWCA Marketing Director at 563-242-2110 or e-mail marketing@ywcaclinton.org.