YWCA Delaware will host an Action Forum: Addressing Racism from 2 to 5 p.m April 14 at the First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington.

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester will be on hand along with The Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow, Project New-Start, Banking Desert Initiative, Voting Rights Initiative, ACLU Smart Justice and others.

“As we look to build a more just and equal future, we must have open and honest conversations about racism, sexism and their effect on the lives of millions of Americans,” said Blunt Rochester. “As a former Delaware secretary of labor who championed study circles, I applaud the YWCA for rebooting the newly formed study circle, Action Forum, and convening this discussion, so we can move toward solutions that address structural racism, implicit bias and celebrate and respect diversity in Delaware and across the country.”

The forum is the conclusion of the six-week Dialogue to Action discussion groups, where diverse groups of eight to 12 individuals, lead by facilitators discussed racism, its effects on society, and how to develop solutions to end it. The Action Forum is also open to those who did not participate in the dialogue groups.

Forum participants will discuss strategies to put into action ways of eliminating racism and its effects on education, criminal justice, returning citizens, financial empowerment and civic engagement. To register, visit ywcade.org/actionforum.

Those who missed the first series of Dialogue to Action groups can register at ywcade.org/dialogue2action for groups beginning the week of Sept. 29. Sussex County groups will begin in May.

For more, visit ywcade.org.