The City’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Alliance has contracted with Essential Partners to host a series of three community dialogues. The purpose of the dialogues is to create a safe space where all voices can be heard.
On April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted of third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Among activists, the feeling was of relief but not closure. Although it was the right decision, it was just one decision. Hundreds of families affected by police violence never receive an acknowledgment of wrongdoing, let alone reparation of harm. The trial could not possibly bring about justice for Black America. A year after George Floyd’s murder, we ask ourselves, how far have we really come in our pursuit of a world where no more lives are lost as tragically, senselessly, and unjustly as Floyd’s?
YWCA is pleased to announce that our long-awaited project, YWCA at Hillside, is now accepting applications for affordable housing.
You are invited to join us for the 137th Annual Meeting of the YWCA Greater Newburyport. Come learn about the programs and work of the YWCA Greater Newburyport. We will also introduce our new Board Members and Officers and honor those who have completed their
terms on the Board.
After Dr. Kabria Baumgartner’s talk at the 11th Annual Engaging Communities Luncheon, I was reminded of the saying: “History is written by the victors.” In telling the stories of African Americans who were forcibly brought to Newburyport as slaves, we are reminded that slavery was not isolated to the South. Newburyport had a part in those immoral actions.
When I became a member of the Newburyport YWCA in 1986, I had no idea what an important role this organization would play in my life over the next 35 years. In the beginning, it was a place for me to swim laps in the pool every day at 5:45 AM so that I could get a bit of exercise and clear my head before going off to work. That goal was certainly met, and the habit continues to this day. But, as the decades presented inevitable challenges, I found that the YW had so much more to offer than just a pre-dawn swim lane. The YWCA evolved with the times, and continues to be a constant source of support to me, to its other members, and to the greater Newburyport community.
Each April, YWCAs across the nation work to raise awareness about systemic racism and what we can do to bring about racial equity. This year, YWCAs across Massachusetts—including YW Boston, YWCA Cambridge, YWCA Central Massachusetts, YWCA Malden, YWCA Greater Newburyport, YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts, and YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts—have teamed up to engage more people across the state in anti-racism work.
Originally developed by Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., and Debby Irving, the challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.
The 11th annual YWCA Engaging Communities Luncheon: Keeping the Stories Alive: Exploring Newburyport’s Black Heritage is taking place on April 28, 2021, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM via Zoom.
The Nancy DiGrezio Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who lives or attends school within the YWCA Greater Newburyport’s service area and is a leader for social justice among their peers; whose actions exemplify tolerance and understanding of differences; and who, by example, empowers other students to respond to acts of intolerance and discrimination.