NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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NFSJ Selected for Affordable Housing Grant

The Network for Social Justice is pleased to announce it has been selected as a Municipal Engagement Initiative (MEI) Lite 2022 grantee by the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA). MEI Lite provides technical assistance to support communities advancing affordable housing initiatives, including forming coalitions and building campaigns. With local expertise at the forefront, MEI … Read more

Network, Planning Board & Housing Partnership Board Present Affordable Housing Program Part I

On Wednesday, April 28, over 80 people participated in the program “Who Lives in Winchester? Housing Options – Past and Future.” This was the first of a two-part series brought forth by a collaboration between the Network, Planning Board, and the Housing Partnership Board. A recording and comprehensive slide deck are being prepared and will be disseminated … Read more

Network Statement Against Anti- Asian Discrimination

In early February 2020, when COVID was emerging in communities across the country and the world, the Network published this piece against fear-based xenophobia, particularly targeting Asian Americans. In light of a disturbing national rise in violent crimes and hate incidents against Asian Americans, we felt it worth re-running the piece and reiterating its central theme: that fear … Read more

A Look at Reparations

Join the Winchester Anti-Racist Solidarity Collective and Network for Social Justice for a conversation and open dialogue about reparations. We’ll be providing definitions, asking questions and debunking myths. Please join us on Saturday March 20th from 3:00-4:15PM ET! Bring your questions, thoughts and ideas – and a friend if you can! Register here and contact … Read more

Language Matters

We at the Network maintain a keen awareness of the impact of language on our interpersonal relationships, our institutional policies and practices, and our culture. Language can be both a reflection of our beliefs and a powerful agent of change. Because of this, we are launching a Newsletter exploration around particular words and phrases. We … Read more

Network Response to January 6 Attack on Democracy

On Wednesday we watched in rage, disbelief and pain as America’s frayed democracy sustained a further blow from those who sought to subvert the results of the November 3rd election. There is much to unpack from the extraordinary scenes we witnessed, including the impact of baseless claims of election fraud that have spawned rampant conspiracy … Read more

Election Reflections

The 2020 election season will soon be behind us. Right now, even before we know the final results, there are many takeaways that we are attempting to process. Likely the most visceral for many of us is how the presidential election brought to the forefront the extreme polarization gripping the country, a battle that is … 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 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