NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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Yazhi Guo with Shin Daiko

Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with this special performance by Yazhi Guo, musician at the Berklee School of Music and considered the best suona (Chinese oboe) player of all time. He has played for presidents and was principal suona and featured soloist of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. He will be joined by … Read more

PRIDEfest 2022

Celebrate Winchester’s LGBTQ community at our 2nd annual PRIDEfest. This is an outdoor, community-centered Winchester-based event featuring multiple ways for attendees to educate themselves about LGBTQIA rights and issues and engage around Pride-related themes as it is celebrated in the US and internationally. This FREE event is for ALL AGES.

Unity Amongst Diversity

By Arya Ramachandran, NFSJ Intern On Dec. 16, 2021, the Network for Social Justice (NSFJ), in collaboration with the Winchester High School Social Justice Club (SoJust), hosted an event called “Unity Amongst Diversity” on the Winchester Town Common. The tagline was “Festivities of light that delightfully transform the world together.” The goal was to bring … Read more

Inaugural Winchester Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Celebration

On Monday, October 11, the Network and co-sponsors Family Action Network (FAN) of Winchester and Wright Locke Farm welcomed around 150 people to Wright Locke Farm for a family-friendly celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (what is currently recognized in Massachusetts and nationally as Columbus Day), the first of its kind in Winchester. Attendees of the … Read more

Hearts, Minds, Actions: A Community Conversation Exploring Racism Today

This program, for both youth and adults, will be facilitated by leaders from Temple Shir Tikvah, the Winchester Unitarian Society, and Network for Social Justice. We hope that it will bring the community together in conversation to reflect on recent events in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the ways racism manifests … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Seeme Baqai Moreira

Seeme Baqai Moreira came to the US at age 19 as a foreign student from Pakistan. Fluent in English, she made friends easily and thrived at her college, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting and speaking at her college’s commencement ceremony. She went on to complete her Master’s degree in Business.   She met her husband, Mario … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang arrived in the US from China in 1990. At the time, her father was a visiting professor at MIT and Harvard, and Zhang was about to start college herself. Worried about her safety as a student activist, her father brought her to the Boston area to attend Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Soon after, … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Nicole Kassissieh Jones

The child of Palestinian refugees who immigrated to the US from Lebanon in their 20s, Nicole Kassissieh Jones witnessed first-hand the refugee’s ongoing search to find security and comfort, not to mention the pain inherent in feeling invisible, being misunderstood, and confronting the isolation of being “the only one.” This childhood experience created a drive in Jones … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2020: Erica Rigby

From an early age, Erica Rigby had a passion for human rights and was active in public service in her hometown of Redding, CT. As a student and Civic Scholar at Tufts University, her interest was piqued in understanding how different countries view the US and how the world could benefit from our actions.   After completing … Read more

Network Brings New Facilitated Dialogue Training to Winchester

On a glorious fall Sunday over a long Veterans Day weekend, we were thrilled that 19 engaged folks from Winchester and surrounding towns took a full day from their busy schedules to learn new skills around facilitating dialogue. Given the demand for the course and the positive feedback received from attendees we will be repeating … Read more