Eliminating Racism

The YWCA Clinton, Iowa is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women 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.

Until Justice Just Is

We are excited to be partnering with YWCA’s across the nation in the participation of the YWCA’s Racial Justice Challenge.

The Racial Justice Challenge works to elevate the need for justice across all communities by creating a dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

The challenge begins April 17th – May 5th.

To learn more about the YWCA Until Justice Just Is, please contact the YWCA Marketing Director at 563-242-2110 or 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 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.

All sharing the mission of the Clinton Peace Coalition and interested in working toward that, are invited to CPC meetings.

Martin Luther King Celebration

January 2022 will mark the 34th 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.

Each year Clinton’s MLK Celebration Committee also seeks nominations for their annual Peace & Justice Award. This award honors a deserving individual or group whose work exemplifies the dream of Dr. King. Someone who actively works towards furthering peace and justice in his/her home, workplace or community. Watch for nomination information each year in November and nominate someone you feel is deserving of this award.

View past recipients of the MLK Peace & Justice Award

Traveling Diversity Library

The YWCA Racial Justice committee has assembled a wonderful collection of  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, please contact the YWCA Marketing Director at 563-242-2110 or at  marketing@ywcaclinton.org.


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