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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Celebration 2023

We were absolutely humbled by the enormous turnout for our 3rd annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Celebration on Monday, October 9. We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors the Winchester Cooperative Bank, Wright-Locke Farm, FAN of Winchester, and Melrose Highlands Congregational Church; and our dozens of volunteers representing the Arlington Human Rights Commission, Lex Farm, NFSJ, Winchester … Read more

Turtle Island Art Project Unveiling

On a rainy Sunday morning, the NFSJ — together with our friends at Wright Locke Farm — were thrilled to welcome folks into the Farm’s beautiful All Seasons Barn for the unveiling of Turtle Island artwork, which was collaboratively created at our Indigenous Peoples’ Day Family Celebration in October. The work will be on display at … 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

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

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