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YWCA Minneapolis Launches It’s Time to Act!

By YWCA Staff
November 28, 2018
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The goal of eliminating racism is within our reach. It begins with conversation, and it’s propelled by action. YWCA Minneapolis is inviting community members to join in our mission to break through barriers that perpetuate racism and attend the inaugural It’s Time To Act!

It’s Time to Act! is a four-act forum series that will empower participants to engage deeper in issues around race, equity, faith and social justice.

Honest conversations about race allow us to find common ground and develop trusting relationships that make it possible to move toward a more equitable community together. The experts brought together for It’s Time to Act! have dedicated their work to fueling these conversations and they’ll lead the way for attendees to create step-by-step action plans as part of a cohort or as an individual. Learn more at


  • Act One: Systemic Racism: Identifying and Dismantling It, featuring Dr. Nell Irvin Painter; Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Act Two: White Fragility: Unpacking Privilege, featuring Dr. Robin DiAngelo; Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Act Three: Before Jesus Was White: Unlearning Our Truths, featuring Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung and Anthony Galloway; Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Act Four: Racism and Sexism: Revealing the Intersectionality, featuring John Biewen; Thursday, June 13, 2019, 6:00 – 8:30 pm


Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Photo and Interview Opportunities:

  • Rubén Vázquez, YWCA Minneapolis Vice President Racial Justice and Public Policy
  • Interviews with featured speakers depending on availability


For more than 125 years, YWCA Minneapolis has worked to create opportunities to overcome social injustice, particularly in matters of gender and race. Last year, YWCA Minneapolis served more than 30,000 people in our community through racial justice advocacy and training, early childhood education, girls and youth programming and health and wellness.

Media members are invited to film before and/or after the event and during the presentations. Media is welcome to photograph shots of the event, but not make sound recordings during the participant dialogues. All images and recordings can only be used for media stories about It’s Time to Act! events.

Media Contact:

Cori Mattli

YWCA Minneapolis

(office) 612-215-4107 (cell) 612-460-1125 

Learn More about It’s Time to Act

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