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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

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

Reflections on Vigil for Peace, Unity, and Justice

Tommy Bellaire is a long-term Network intern. He shared these reflections from Sunday’s vigil for victims of systemic racism. As a white man who grew up in Winchester, I have been sheltered from and ignorant of much of the systemic injustice that exists in America. These past few weeks, egregiously racist videos circulating on Twitter … Read more

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

Winchester MLK Day of Service a Huge Success!

Engaging in conversation about Safe CommunitiesAssembling personal care kits for the Council of Social ConcernRecycled craft fun for all agesNaomi Bethune, 11th grade climate activist, addresses the crowdStudents created service learning projects, including on whether the Sachem logo is offensive Previous Next On behalf of the Network for Social Justice-School and Youth Committee, please accept … Read more

Winchester MLK Day of Service 2020 Donations Requested

Toiletry donations are requested for our upcoming Winchester MLK Day of Service 2020. Donations will be used for the creation of Personal Care Kits, to be donated to the Woburn Council of Social Concern. Donation boxes are stationed in all Winchester Public Schools. Donations can also be made through our Amazon Wish List. Items we … Read more

NFSJ Supports Affordable Housing Development

Members of the Network for Social Justice’s Board and Response and Advocacy Committee attended the Winchester Zoning Board of Appeal’s meeting on Wednesday, December 4th, to publicly endorse the proposed housing development at 19-35 River Street. In particular, the Network supports the 37 units that would be designated as 40B rental units. Steering Committee Member … Read more

Network Schools & Youth Committee Announces 2019-2020 Micro-Grant Awards

The Network for Social Justice’s Schools & Youth Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2019-2020 micro-grant awards. The Committee is grateful to Winchester Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Elineema for her guidance and consultation. The Committee awarded $2,005 to five applicants, resulting in one full and four partial awards. Congratulations to the … Read more

Network and Winchester Unitarian Society Present LGBTQIA+ Town Welcome Campaign to Winchester Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday, November 6, Network ED Liora Norwich and Winchester Unitarian Society (WUS) pastor Heather Janules addressed members of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce about a joint campaign between our two organizations to make Winchester more outwardly welcoming toward individuals identifying as LGBTQIA+. In the wake of the repeated thefts of the WUS’s rainbow flags, … Read more