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In Support of the Right to Protest

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NFSJ logo 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 In Support of the Right to Protest

Network Interns Lead Community Conversation and Flag Re-Raising Ceremony

Written by Network Intern Jessie Lewis On Tuesday, August 4, Network interns hosted a community conversation via Zoom in response to the theft of the Black Lives Matter and Pride flags from the Winchester Town Common. This conversation focused on the meaning of the flags and what they stand for in Winchester. The conversation was … Read more Network Interns Lead Community Conversation and Flag Re-Raising Ceremony

Network Call for Civil Discourse Following Mascot Vote

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NFSJ logo We at the Network for Social Justice understand the intensity of emotions evoked by the School Committee vote on Tuesday evening to discontinue the use of the Sachem mascot. There are youth and adults on both sides who feel strongly about their perspectives. While the differences appear stark right now, we believe that there are … Read more Network Call for Civil Discourse Following Mascot Vote

WSANMC, Network Members Attend Rally at State House

Written by WHS Student (Class of 2023) Adah Nordan For the past 6 months, I have worked with Winchester Student Allies for Native Mascot Change (WSANMC), a group of high school allies aiming to remove and change the Sachem mascot. On Thursday, July 16th, I attended a rally organized by Mass Peace Action, United American Indians … Read more WSANMC, Network Members Attend Rally at State House

What it Means to be an Anti-Racist: A Call to Action on Mascots

We at the Network believe that being actively anti-racist requires working to eliminate the systemic racism so fully embedded in our society, our institutions, our behavior, and our culture that it is like the air we breathe.  This work is a herculean and multi-generational process, and no one does it alone.  With the path laid … Read more What it Means to be an Anti-Racist: A Call to Action on Mascots

Pride, Black Lives Matter Flags Stolen from Winchester Town Common

On June 19th, the town of Winchester, in collaboration with the Network for Social Justice, celebrated the raising of Pride and the Black Lives Matter flags to commemorate Pride month and Juneteenth. On July 3rd, as Americans prepared to celebrate the 244th anniversary of the document upholding “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for … Read more Pride, Black Lives Matter Flags Stolen from Winchester Town Common

Winchester Sachem: An Inclusive Dialogue about Native Mascot Change

By Katherine Herlihy, Network Intern On Wednesday the 17th, the Winchester Student Allies for Native Mascot Change (WSANMC), in conjunction with the Network, hosted a discussion about racism and the Winchester Sachem mascot. Panelists included: Elizabeth Solomon, Ed Harris and Rhonda Anderson. Nearly one hundred people attended the event, including some Winchester Public School administrators … Read more Winchester Sachem: An Inclusive Dialogue about Native Mascot Change

Winchester Flag Raising Ceremony

On Friday, June 19th the Town of Winchester Select Board, in collaboration with the Network for Social Justice, will raise a rainbow pride flag and a Black Lives Matter flag on the Winchester Town Common. “This is a welcome symbolic gesture from the Town of Winchester that reaffirms its commitment to equality, inclusion and progress,” … Read more Winchester Flag Raising Ceremony

Joint Statement on Police Brutality and Systemic Racism

We condemn hate crimes, police brutality, and the systemic and pervasive institutional factors that have led to the recent violence and trauma impacting communities of color across the country. Taking our lead from NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson, we reiterate that “The uprising spreading across this country is fueled by systemic racial issues that … Read more Joint Statement on Police Brutality and Systemic Racism