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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – April 3, 2023 –   YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee is launching a brand new 21 Days of Anti-Racism Challenge on April 17 to build community around racial justice and equity issues. The Challenge, presented by The Harnisch Foundation, is designed to create dedicated time and space to develop more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, and privilege. The Challenge is a virtual learning tool that seeks to help individuals and organizations grow in their comfort of having difficult conversations.  Click here to register.

“Our mission is eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all,” said Sharon K. Roberson, President and CEO of YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. “Now more than ever, it is crucial that we continue our racial and social justice pledge. This initiative will help strengthen our racial justice muscle. We hope participants will come out with a broader perspective of their world and a hunger to keep learning while rooting out inequity in our communities and organizations.”

Beginning on April 17, participants will be sent a daily e-mail and be presented with challenges on four topics – Disability, Housing, Music, and Mental Health. Challenge-takers will be prompted to read an article, listen to a podcast, reflect on personal experience and more. Participation in the project is intended to help individuals discover the origins of racial and social injustices that continue to impact our community today.  It is designed to be a flexible learning tool where individuals can engage in the activities on their own time and schedule.

YWCA is grateful to our presenting sponsor – The Harnisch Foundation – for stepping up to support the initiative. Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) continues its support as the Peace Sponsor, and LP Building Solutions signed on as the Justice Sponsor.

About YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee
For 125 years, YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee has helped women, girls and families in Nashville and Middle Tennessee build safer, more self-sufficient lives. YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Programs include Domestic Violence Services, Girls Inc., AMEND Together, Social Justice & Advocacy, Dress for Success, and the Family Learning Center. For more information, www.ywcanashville.com , follow us on twitter @YWCANashville, Instagram @YWCANashvile and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/YWCANashville.

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About The Harnisch Foundation
The Harnisch Foundation, established in 1998, is committed to creating a fair, equitable, and inclusive world. Its founder and president, Ruth Ann Harnisch, worked in Nashville media when she was professionally known as Ruth Ann Leach. The HF supports the work of effective leaders and creative communities working to advance equality and inclusivity, with a focus on gender and racial equity.

About Jackson
Jackson® is committed to helping clarify the complexity of retirement planning—for financial professionals and their clients. Through our range of annuity products, financial know-how, history of award-winning service and streamlined experiences, we strive to reduce the confusion that complicates retirement planning. We take a balanced, long-term approach to responsibly serving all of our stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, distribution partners, employees, regulators and community partners. We believe by providing clarity for all today, we can help drive better outcomes for tomorrow. For more information, visit www.jackson.com.

About LP Building Solutions

About LP Building Solutions
As a leader in high-performance building solutions, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP Building Solutions, NYSE: LPX) manufactures engineered wood products that meet the demands of builders, remodelers and homeowners worldwide. LP’s extensive portfolio of innovative and dependable products includes Siding Solutions (LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding, LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding, LP BuilderSeries® Lap Siding and LP® Outdoor Building Solutions™), LP Structural Solutions (LP® TechShield® Radiant Barrier, LP WeatherLogic® Air & Water Barrier, LP Legacy® Premium Sub-Flooring, LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing, LP NovaCore™ Thermal Insulated Sheathing and LP® TopNotch® 350 Durable Sub-Flooring) and oriented strand board (OSB). In addition to product solutions, LP provides industry-leading customer service and warranties. Since its founding in 1972, LP has been Building a Better World™ by helping customers construct beautiful, durable homes while shareholders build lasting value. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, LP operates 22 plants across the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil. For more information, visit LPCorp.com.