NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Supporting Black Lives Matter and Police

In our ongoing series reflecting on what Black Lives Matter (BLM) means to people who live, work or worship in Winchester, we turn our attention to the perceived disconnect between support for the BLM movement and support for local police. Previous pieces in the series can be found here. Although the movement around the phrase … Read more

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

Disrupting Racism Learning Series

This 3-part virtual workshop series on racism will be co-facilitated by the Network for Social Justice. It is recommended, though not required, for participants to attend all 3 sessions. The aim is to give participants the language and tools to have grounded conversation around race and racism, taking steps to disrupt it on the micro … Read more

In Support of the Right to Protest

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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