Governor Signs SANE Requirement Into Law; Survivors to Benefit

A bill YWCA Stepping Stones staff have advocated for has been signed into law. HB5245 requires hospitals have SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) Nurses available within 90 minutes of a survivor of sexual assault presenting at the emergency room (ER) for an evidence collection kit. The bill also mandates hospitals meet this requirement no later…

Hey white women! We need to talk.

I attended a City Council meeting on Monday night (02-12-18) to show support of a Welcoming City ordinance that was taken off the agenda. The ordinance was supposed to be voted on at this meeting, but five council members asked the City Manager via email for the item to be removed, outlining their reasoning. As…

An Open Letter to the Men in our Community

If you are a man who felt uncomfortable because you haven’t had to think about this topic before, good. We felt uncomfortable, too. If we felt uncomfortable reading the posts, imagine how uncomfortable women and trans people may have felt both during the assault and when they wrote and read other posts. We cannot allow our discomfort to keep us in a place of inaction. Inaction is unacceptable.

BREAKING NEWS: VAWA REINTRODUCED- TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Breaking News Alert: VAWA Reintroduced Yesterday- Take Action Today by Contacting Your Senators! Yesterday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) introduced S. 47, a strong, bipartisan bill that would reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)! This bill closely mirrors the bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Leahy and Crapo last Congress and…

New Route Theatre Presents “The Mountaintop” by Katori Hall

After delivering his famous “Mountaintop” speech to the striking sanitation workers in Memphis, a weary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. enters Room 306 in the Lorraine Motel to rest. The lonely night is interrupted when a mysterious motel maid, delivering coffee to his room, disrupts his evening and forces him to confront questions about his…

A Journey to American Culture

By: Kamakshi Chakravadhanula, Human Resources Director  My name is Kamakshi Chakravadhanula and I am the Director of Human Resources at YWCA McLean County. I come from the Southern part of India where I married my husband, making my first trip out of India to join him in Bloomington, IL in 2002. I was so excited…

Happy 40th Anniversary Title IX!

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (wearing # 21) at her basketball team practice. June 23rd marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark legislation that changed the playing field for girls across the nation. With its 37 simple words, Title IX opened up a world of new opportunities ranging from athletic participation to access to education…

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month

By: Angela Ambers-Henderson, Vice-President of Program Operations As an association with a mission to eliminate racism, empower women and to promote peace, justice, and dignity for all, YWCA recognizes and values the contributions of all people. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to…

What Can I Do?

By: Kay Philips, Chair YWCA Pacific Region Advocacy Committee Twenty years ago after the Rodney King beating, many asked “What can I do?” and the Mid-Peninsula YWCA in Palo Alto wrote this piece and distributed it to the board, staff, members, and community. Now, as we face the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin, and again many ask,…