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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

Winchester Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Celebration

Drop in to Wright Locke Farm on October 11 between 10-12 for this family friendly Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration. There will be multiple stations with fun for kids, including a farm tour, crafts, planting activity, storybook readings about Indigenous people and culture, and much more! For adults, there will be information about current legislation pertaining … Read more

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Grace Wagner

Grace Wagner, a Winchester High School senior, moved to Winchester with her family when she was 2. It was just before she started high school that Grace began to notice the negative stereotypes that people in town held toward Native cultures. A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe, Grace recognized a connection between the emotions … Read more

Network, Select Board Adopt Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

As part of the Network’s ongoing work around Indigenous peoples’ advocacy, the Indigenous Peoples’ Advocacy Committee (IPAC) has worked to craft and adopt an Indigenous land acknowledgement statement to be read at the beginning of Network programs. The Select Board has also crafted a statement to be read at the beginning of their meetings. According … Read more

Network Call for Civil Discourse Following Mascot Vote

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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

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

COVID-19 and Native Americans

With the realization that COVID-19 infections have been inequitably distributed, as reflected in the disproportionate number of cases in African American and Latinx communities, health experts predicted a disastrous impact on the more than 5 million people who identify as “American Indian and Alaska Native.” Pandemics have historically wrought catastrophic outcomes on Native communities. Smallpox … Read more