Immigration forums

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Gettysburg Rising will co-host a series of community forums on immigration.

The sessions are being held in light of a recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement action at a local restaurant.

“Through these forums we hope to better educate Adams County residents about the immigration process, the politics involved, how immigrants benefit our community and how people can become advocates for immigrants,” said Nancy Lilley, YWCA community services director.

All sessions will be held at the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County, 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, from 7 to 8 p.m. People are welcome to as many sessions as they are able.
Topics and dates are as follows:

  • June 20, Immigration 101 with John Leedock of Catholic Charities;
  • June 28, Push and pull factors driving immigration to the United States with Dr. Kathy Cunniffe of Wilson College;
  • July 12, Economic impact and implications of immigration with Dr. Char Weise of Gettysburg College;
  • July 19, Next steps in immigration advocacy with Elizabeth Alex of Court Appointed Special Advocate York.

For more information, contact Lilley at nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.

Adams County Heritage Festival

 

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, 12 to 4 p.m.

Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane

Join the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County for the 27th annual Adams County Heritage Festival on September 16! Held at the Gettysburg Recreation Park, this free event is a celebration of unity in our community!

The Adams County Heritage Festival is a celebration of ethnic music, food, and crafts that reflects the multicultural atmosphere of Adams County, Pennsylvania. It is a way of sharing our various traditions and appreciating the best that each ethnic group has to offer, as well as a commitment to community and the goal of living together in harmony.

Family-oriented entertainment includes music, dance, and a children’s play, as well as a full afternoon of children’s activities, including games, storytelling, and piñatas. Continuously throughout the afternoon, craft vendors and demonstrators have displays in booths on the park grounds. Ethnic foods are offered for sale by local citizens, church groups, restaurateurs, and community organizations. Local non-profit organizations have display booths, usually grouped in tents. Carriage and pony rides are offered by a local vendor.

Mainstage performances:

12:00 Bagpiper Rodney Yeaple
12:15 Celtic Duo: “ROVIN’ BOGHOPPERS”
1:00 Indian Dancers: SHREE ACADEMY OF DANCE
2:00 Afro- Colombian Singers: “REBOLÚ”
3:00 Zydeco & Roots Music: “KLINGER McFRY”    

Stand Against Racism

PLEDGE AGAINST RACISM — Pictured signing the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Pledge Against Racism are, from left, YWCA Human Resources Director Drew Harding, YW Executive Director Deb Geesey, YW Finance Director Mike Dorsette, and YW Deputy Director Carly Sterner. Pledges will be available at the YWCA, HACC Gettysburg Campus, United Lutheran Seminary’s Gettysburg Campus, and Gettysburg College from April 26 to 29 for the public to sign.
YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County calls all individuals to join it in taking a Stand Against Racism between April 26 to 29. Stand Against Racism will unite our community in a bold demonstration that delivers a clear message: we are on a mission to eliminate racism.
“YWCAs across the world, in cooperation with many partner organizations and individuals, have made much progress in the fight against racism but we still have much work to do. The YWCA’s tagline is not ‘reduce racism’ it is ‘eliminate racism.’ We invite our neighbors to join us in our mission,” said YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County Executive Director Deb Geesey.
From Thursday through Sunday, events are anticipated in nearly every state across the country including public policy advocacy, community education, and public proclamations.
In Adams County, the YW will display pledges against racism at the YWCA on Fairfield Road, HACC Gettysburg Campus, Gettysburg College and United Lutheran Seminary’s Gettysburg campus.
The YWCA and the Middle East Justice and Peace Group of South Cental PA will host a free showing of “Hidden Figures,” the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program, on Saturday at the United Lutheran Seminary’s Valentine Hall at 1 p.m.
Following the film, a panel of distinguished women in STEAM fields will lead a discussion on race and gender during the civil rights movement and today.
Seating is limited. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Nancy Lilley at nlilley@ywcagettysburg.org or 717-334-9171, ext. 115.

 

Stand Against Racism is a signature program of YWCA USA.

Take the Pledge to Eliminate Racism!
Mindful of the continuing affliction of institutional and structural racism as well as the daily realities of all forms of bias, prejudice and bigotry in my own life, my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers and the society in which I live, with conviction and hope

I take this pledge, fully aware that the struggle to eliminate racism will not end with a mere pledge but calls for an ongoing transformation within myself and the institutions and structures of our society.

I pledge to look deeply and continuously in my heart and in my mind to identify all signs and vestiges of racism; to rebuke the use of racist language and behavior towards others; to root out such racism in my daily life and in my encounters with persons I know and with strangers I do not know; and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to my use of overt and subtle expressions of racism and racial stereotypes;

I pledge to educate myself on racial justice issues and share what I learn in my own communities even if it means challenging my family, my partner, my children, my friends, my co-workers and those I encounter on a daily basis

I pledge, within my means, to actively work to support public policy solutions that prominently, openly and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs; and to actively support and devote my time to YWCA, as well as other organizations working to eradicate racism from our society.

YWCA USA is on a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. I join YWCA in taking a stand against racism today and every day.

*This pledge has been adapted by YWCA USA from the Pledge to Eliminate Racism in My Life, YWCA Bergen County which is an adaptation of the Pledge to Heal Racism in My Life, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, April 10, 2006.

Adams Unity Coalition/Adams County Human Relations Council

logoThe YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is a member of both the Adams Unity Coalition and the Adams County Human Relations Council.

Member organizations of the Adams Unity Coalition share an interest in building a community of respect for all peoples, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, appearance, or ability. The Coalition provides resource-sharing and networking opportunities for member organizations and facilitates collaboration among member organizations to support our individual and collective efforts to promote peace, justice, and unity for all.

The Adams Unity Coalition has organized several other community unity events in response to planned rallies by white supremacist groups over the past eight years. Not In Our Town, an Oakland, Calif.-based advocacy group, created a video documenting the coalition’s response to a 2010 rally.

The Adams County Human Relations Council strives to create a supportive climate in Adams County in which citizens will view each other with respect and will act to uphold an equitable society, based on freedom, dignity, and justice for all; and to work in specific areas to improve human relationships in this community, fostering full and equal opportunity for all, without reference to race, ethnic origin, religious identification, economic status, gender, age, or physical condition.

The Council’s goals are:

  • to increase among community residents an awareness, appreciation, and acceptance of the diversity of human beings among us;
  • to develop a community spirit and a cooperation that will allow people to live, to be included, and to be productive in this county in an atmosphere of positive acceptance, free of the mistrust and apprehension caused by bigotry and prejudice;
  • to foster equality of opportunity for all persons by assisting individuals and/or groups who need help to resolve human relations problems;
  • and to advocate for public policies and practices that provide freedom, dignity, and justice for all.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and DAY ON

The YWCA is a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, which plans Gettysburg’s annual event to honor Dr. King’s legacy. The 38th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held Monday, January 22 at the Gettysburg College Christ Chapel from 7-8:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend!

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, an author, educator and historian. For over four decades, Berry has been one of the most recognized and respected voices in our nation’s civil rights, gender equality and social justice movements. Serving as Chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, Berry led the charge for equal rights and liberties for all Americans over the course of four Presidential administrations. A trailblazer for women and African Americans alike, she also became the first woman of any race to head a major research university, serving at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her vision of social freedom and equality alongside her wisdom and candor, assure her place in the future agenda of America. With fierce determination, Berry never backs down. She continues to speak boldly for those who can’t speak for themselves.

The evening will also include performances by the Morgan State University Choir, the Gettysburg High School Chorus, the Chamber Chorale of the Gettysburg Children’s Choir, and a prelude by the Biglerville High School Jazz Band at 6:30. The celebration also features a presentation of the Living the Dream Award, sponsored by the YWCA and United Way of Adams County. The 2017 Living the Dream Award was presented to Adrienne Camel.

The YWCA is also the host site for the United Way of Adams County’s annual DAY ON of service, held each January on King’s birthday. Call Vickie Corbett at 717-334-5809 for more information on how you can get involved.