Racial Justice

Southern Poverty Law Center is nationally known focusing on hate groups. They provide a variety of resources to help those fighting hate, racism and other extremist groups. (Note: this group could also be listed for LGBTQ and Violence as well)

The YWCA offers monthly racial justice workshops. All are welcome but are asked to RSVP. Just hit the “Click Here to Sign Up” button to do so in the above link.

Key Allies

YWCAis on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community”. Their annual Stand Against Racism at the end of April is a premier event to address this issue.  Here is a link to their Advocacy Agenda.

Get involved: To learn more about the YWCA’s racial justice work, contact Gerry Leonard, Racial Justice & Outreach Specialist, at (828) 254-7206, ext. 219 or gerry.leonard@ywcaofasheville.org


ASURJ (Asheville Standing up for Racial Justice) works to mobilize white people to be part of a multiracial majority for justice. ASURJ is invested in dismantling white supremacy and white privilege by following the leadership of local people of color. This happens through monthly “Accountability through Action” meetings, weekly “Do-Scussions” and “Do-Sessions” and Monday evening events that rotate between practicing calling other people in, unlearning internalized and unconscious white privilege and completing tasks to directly support lead initiatives of local people of color in town.

Get involved: Follow ASURJ on Facebook here for up to date event info and/or join their email list by emailing them at avlsurj@gmail.com.


Building Bridges has a Facebook page. There it states the “mission of Building Bridges is to dismantle racism by fostering relationships that respect diversity, seek understanding and encourage action. We provide educational programing paired with a safe place to learn, reflect and discuss”.

Get involved: Follow Building Bridges of Asheville on Facebook here, and for information regarding an upcoming session, contact Co-Chair, Gerry Leonard at gerryleonard7@gmail.com.


NAACP’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. In addition to coalitions with regional and state organizations working on the aforementioned, the local Branch is focused on advocacy for children of color attending public schools, and criminal justice reform.

Get involved: Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, current president of the Asheville-Buncombe County NAACP, can be reached at (828) 423-6476 or 4ward2getherCall2Action@gmail.com. If you need to speak with Carmen, please text who you are, and a brief description of your inquiry, BEFORE you call. The current state of politics, and need for security, requires this small, vetting step. Thank you for your cooperation.


WNC Citizens Ending Institutional Bigotry, as its name notes, “works to eliminate prejudice, discrimination, and hate activity throughout western North Carolina, by assisting victims of hate crimes, monitoring the activities of hate groups, ensuring the public is informed about hate activity in the region, and working with regional institutions on diversity issues”.

Get involved:  Monroe Gilmour has been a longstanding advocate and its coordinator and can be reached at (828) 669-6677 or at wncceib@buncombe.main.nc.us