Charleston YWCA takes a stand against discrimination

Charleston YWCA takes a stand against discrimination

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's "Stand Up Friday."

The event, held at Charleston's Coming Street YWCA, featured civic leaders and groups all calling for an end to discrimination.  The local effort is part of "Stand Against Racism," a national movement by the YWCA.

"The whole point is to bring awareness, to get people to come together and dialogue," said Kathleen Rogers, the Executive Director of the Coming Street YWCA.

Nationwide, up to 300,000 people were expected to attend STAND events, a movement that started in 2007.  Charleston Mayor Joe Riley proclaimed Friday, April 25, 2014, "Stand Together Acclaim A New Day, also known as S.T.A.N.D.

Friday's rally included topics such as homelessness, health care reform, and immigration.

"It's a major problem and it has to be addressed," said Thomas Dixon, a local pastor and community activist. "It cannot be overlooked or swept under the rug, anymore."

The day started with a series of workshops, which focused on community outreach and networking strategies.  The YMCA also offered on-site voter registration.

"Stand Up Friday" is now in it's fifth year.

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