NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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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

Winchester’s First Pridefest

On Wednesday, June 9th, we sat on the Winchester Town Common absolutely bursting with pride as we celebrated Winchester’s first ever Pridefest, organized and run by the NFSJ interns and McCall student members of the McCall Social Justice Club and QSA. The event, with over 300 community members in attendance, was inclusive, poignantly honest, and celebratory. It was also … Read more

NFSJ Position Paper in Support of Waterfield Mixed-Income Development Diversifying Winchester’s Housing Stock

In line with our mission to advance equity and inclusion through supporting initiatives for systemic change in Winchester, the Network for Social Justice strongly supports a “Yes” vote on the referendum to proceed with the planned mixed-use, mixed-income development on the Waterfield parcel in Winchester Center, scheduled for June 22. In the words of Residents … Read more

Network, Planning Board & Housing Partnership Board Present Affordable Housing Program Part I

On Wednesday, April 28, over 80 people participated in the program “Who Lives in Winchester? Housing Options – Past and Future.” This was the first of a two-part series brought forth by a collaboration between the Network, Planning Board, and the Housing Partnership Board. A recording and comprehensive slide deck are being prepared and will be disseminated … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Lisa Wong

In February, our Response & Advocacy Committee notified Winchester Town Manager Lisa Wong that she was selected to be that committee’s honoree. Following the tragic shootings in Atlanta, we asked Lisa if she could add her perspective to a piece we published in last week’s newsletter. We also spoke with her about the Boston Globe article in which Shirley … Read more

#StopAsianHate Lantern Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil

On Tuesday, March 23, over 250 individuals gathered behind the Winchester Public Library overlooking Mill Pond on a clear and mild spring evening to grieve for those murdered in Atlanta on March 16th and to unite in solidarity against hate and racism. The vigil was co-hosted by the Chinese American Network of Winchester, the Network … Read more

Network Statement Against Anti- Asian Discrimination

In early February 2020, when COVID was emerging in communities across the country and the world, the Network published this piece against fear-based xenophobia, particularly targeting Asian Americans. In light of a disturbing national rise in violent crimes and hate incidents against Asian Americans, we felt it worth re-running the piece and reiterating its central theme: that fear … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Laura Rotolo

Laura Rotolo, Staff Counsel and Community Advocate for Immigrants’ Rights for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, has been advocating on behalf of immigrants for over two decades. While her advocacy work occasionally brought her to Winchester over the years, since 2019 she has worked closely with the Network’s Immigrant Justice Committee around issues … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Grace Wagner

Grace Wagner, a Winchester High School senior, moved to Winchester with her family when she was 2. It was just before she started high school that Grace began to notice the negative stereotypes that people in town held toward Native cultures. A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, Grace recognized a connection between the emotions … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Zeina Marchant

Born during the Lebanese Civil War, Zeina Marchant and her family were forced to flee Beirut when she was 7. Her family was welcomed by relatives who had immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, where she spent most of her life. Zeina attended Illinois Wesleyan University and received a law degree from Loyola University School of Law. … Read more