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Network Response to January 6 Attack on Democracy

On Wednesday we watched in rage, disbelief and pain as America’s frayed democracy sustained a further blow from those who sought to subvert the results of the November 3rd election. There is much to unpack from the extraordinary scenes we witnessed, including the impact of baseless claims of election fraud that have spawned rampant conspiracy … Read more

Network, Select Board Adopt Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

As part of the Network’s ongoing work around Indigenous peoples’ advocacy, the Indigenous Peoples’ Advocacy Committee (IPAC) has worked to craft and adopt an Indigenous land acknowledgement statement to be read at the beginning of Network programs. The Select Board has also crafted a statement to be read at the beginning of their meetings. According … Read more

Supporting Black Lives Matter and Police

In our ongoing series reflecting on what Black Lives Matter (BLM) means to people who live, work or worship in Winchester, we turn our attention to the perceived disconnect between support for the BLM movement and support for local police. Previous pieces in the series can be found here. Although the movement around the phrase … Read more

What Does “Black Lives Matter” Mean to You?

Recently, we have been gathering input from people who live, work or worship in Winchester about what Black Lives Matter means to them. In our last two newsletters we published powerful responses from ABC Resident Directors Tachera and Kenny Roberts and former Board member and long time Network supporter Mayra Rodriguez-Howard. In this issue we share … Read more

What “Black Lives Matter” Means to Me

By Mayra Rodriguez-Howard Black Lives Matter is a movement that sheds light on police brutality toward the Black community and uncovers ways by which systems in our society prevent Black people from reaching their full potential. It has opened doors to examine the means by which our systems deny people of color the fair share … Read more

What Does “Black Lives Matter” Mean to Us?

By Tachera and Kenny Roberts, Resident Directors of Winchester ABC What does ‘Black Lives Matter’ mean to us? It’s a centuries-long plea for our lives. Not just to matter, but literally to live. Black American lives have been casualties of the systemic commoditization of our bodies since our ancestors were kidnapped and enslaved. Our “value” … Read more

Election Reflections

The 2020 election season will soon be behind us. Right now, even before we know the final results, there are many takeaways that we are attempting to process. Likely the most visceral for many of us is how the presidential election brought to the forefront the extreme polarization gripping the country, a battle that is … Read more

Vigil Honoring Late Justice Ginsburg

As the gavel dropped on the most recent term of the US Supreme Court on Monday, October 5, community members gathered on the Winchester Town Common to honor the late justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and celebrate her long commitment to civil rights and equity.The family-friendly gathering featured: a speech from Network volunteer Karen Hirschfeld; Network … Read more

In Support of the Right to Protest

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Riots. Law and Order. Protest Violence. Public Order. This is the verbiage that has been blasted across news channels over the past two weeks in response to protests over yet another shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, at the hands of police. Instead of united outrage over the deeply imbedded racism in our country … Read more