NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

Educate, Engage, Activate

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

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

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 Call for Civil Discourse Following Mascot Vote

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

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

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