NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Non-Citizen Voting is One Step Closer in Winchester

On Thursday, April 28, members of the League of Women Voters of Winchester and NFSJ presented Article 8, “An Act to Extend Local Voting Rights to All Adult Residents of the Town of Winchester,” before Winchester Town Meeting members. The article allows the town to send a Home Rule Petition to the state legislature for its and the governor’s consideration to … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Kayla Harrison

While other seventh graders were just learning about where to place England on a map, WHS senior Kayla Harrison was interested in the more nitty-gritty facts. She questioned her teacher why families of the past had been so much larger. She asked, “did they not have birth control back then? Didn’t they use animal intestines … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Luz Palou Garcia

Our honoree this week uses she/they pronouns. As such, we have used them interchangeably throughout this piece. By Grace Bettencourt, NFSJ Intern Luz Palou Garcia, a senior at Winchester High School, has been organizing since 8th grade and has been aware of social issues since she was young. “I was always a heavily opinionated kid … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Grace Bettencourt

By Arya Ramachandran, NFSJ Intern Grace Bettencourt, a junior at WHS, got involved with social activism in just 6th grade, after the 2016 election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. According to Grace, “I couldn’t wrap my head around how the country could choose someone so hateful.” She educated herself on many of the social … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2022: Lucy Patalano

While many of her peers spend time on YouTube watching influencers, a chance interaction with a YouTube video when Lucy Patalano was 13 influenced her life in an unexpected way. She described how a video of the way homeless women lived on their period impacted her. “It seems so straightforward that, obviously, people who can’t … Read more

NFSJ Selected for Affordable Housing Grant

The Network for Social Justice is pleased to announce it has been selected as a Municipal Engagement Initiative (MEI) Lite 2022 grantee by the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). MEI Lite provides technical assistance to support communities advancing affordable housing initiatives, including forming coalitions and building campaigns. With local expertise at the forefront, MEI … Read more

2022 MLK Day of Service

After months of planning–including weekly 7:30AM meetings with a dedicated group of WHS students–we were very excited to bring our 3rd annual MLK Day of Service to the community in person. Of course, the pandemic had other plans, and within just a few weeks, we had pivoted, re-imagined, and reframed the entire event as a … Read more

Unity Amongst Diversity

By Arya Ramachandran, NFSJ Intern On Dec. 16, 2021, the Network for Social Justice (NSFJ), in collaboration with the Winchester High School Social Justice Club (SoJust), hosted an event called “Unity Amongst Diversity” on the Winchester Town Common. The tagline was “Festivities of light that delightfully transform the world together.” The goal was to bring … Read more

Inaugural Winchester Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Celebration

On Monday, October 11, the Network and co-sponsors Family Action Network (FAN) of Winchester and Wright Locke Farm welcomed around 150 people to Wright Locke Farm for a family-friendly celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (what is currently recognized in Massachusetts and nationally as Columbus Day), the first of its kind in Winchester. Attendees of the … Read more

Juneteenth Commemorative Event Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, June 15th, we were thrilled to host 50 attendees for an informative and inspiring panel discussion with criminal legal reform advocates Sean Ellis, Helina Fontes, and Donna Patalano, moderated by Winchester resident Patty Shepard. Each of the panelists was able to speak from his/her own lived experiences; Sean as a recent exoneree who … Read more