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.

Teaching Tolerance provides classroom materials to deal with a variety of issues for elementary and secondary education. However, many of the materials are suitable for everyone, not just students.

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.  

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 Showing up for Racial Justice) is part of the SURJ national network that works to mobilize white people to be part of a multiracial majority for justice. ASURJ is invested in dismantling white supremacy by educating, mobilizing, advocating, and organizing around issues of racial justice, especially as they intersect with other oppressions including classism. ASURJ also seeks to support and follow the leadership of local black and brown community members. Ongoing work happens through monthly “Accountability through Action” meetings, educational sessions, and community activism focused on enabling participants to be more intentional in their personal and multiracial work for Collective Liberation. This work is built upon national SURJ’s core values of doing racial justice work.

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.


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