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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

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

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

Language Matters

We at the Network maintain a keen awareness of the impact of language on our interpersonal relationships, our institutional policies and practices, and our culture. Language can be both a reflection of our beliefs and a powerful agent of change. Because of this, we are launching a Newsletter exploration around particular words and phrases. We … Read more

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