NETWORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

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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

Women’s History Month Honoree 2021: Lisa Wong

In February, our Response & Advocacy Committee notified Winchester Town Manager Lisa Wong that she was selected to be that committee’s honoree. Following the tragic shootings in Atlanta, we asked Lisa if she could add her perspective to a piece we published in last week’s newsletter. We also spoke with her about the Boston Globe article in which Shirley … 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

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

Network Statement Against Fear-Based Xenophobia

Reports from China concerning the novel coronavirus that has infected over 28,000 people to date, coupled with the climax of a virulent influenza season, have many concerned about the possibility of a pandemic that is facilitated by our increasingly global lifestyle. However, it is vitally important that fear and concern never give way to racism … Read more

NFSJ Supports Affordable Housing Development

Members of the Network for Social Justice’s Board and Response and Advocacy Committee attended the Winchester Zoning Board of Appeal’s meeting on Wednesday, December 4th, to publicly endorse the proposed housing development at 19-35 River Street. In particular, the Network supports the 37 units that would be designated as 40B rental units. Steering Committee Member … Read more