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AHRC special meeting Thursday, February 2

The Arlington Human Rights Commission has called a special meeting this Thursday, February 2, at 8 pm at the Senior Center, 27 Maple Street.

AHRC will be discussing and voting on whether to hold a public event to clarify Town policy and show community support in light of the recent Executive Orders set forth by the federal government pertaining to immigration; the halt of accepting refugees; and the ban on entry to the United States by all persons from some Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia).

Public participation in this discussion is welcome and encouraged. The building is accessible, but we regret that we cannot provide ASL interpretation or assistive listening devices.

Candlelight Vigil tonight at First Parish UU

First Parish Unitarian Universalist is holding a Candlelight Vigil in Protest of the Ban on Immigrants tonight (Wednesday, February 1) from 6-6:30 pm on the lawn in front of their building (at the corner of Mass. Ave. & Pleasant St., 630 Mass. Ave).

All ages and faiths are welcome. Signs are encouraged. There will be a brief reading a song lead by a guitarist, a hand out on how to be an ally, and a closing prayer. (Please note that press will be present.) Click here for more info. 

Arlington for All (#arl4all)

AHRC is spearheading a project to highlight diversity in Arlington and celebrate how embracing our different physical, cultural, and religious histories make us more interesting and stronger as a community.
 
The idea for Arlington for All (hashtag #arl4all) grew out of a Commission meeting last summer. An overflow crowd of community members showed up to express concern over a number of troubling hate incidents that had been occurring in town and to brainstorm ways to move forward. The clear takeaway from that meeting was the desire to come together as a town to address the incidents in a positive, non-reactive manner.
 
Arlington for All is envisioned as a town-wide campaign, incorporating a number of town organizations, faith communities, schools, arts groups, and individuals. Our first step will be to compile a calendar of diversity-related and community-building events happening in Arlington (and in neighboring faith communities) during 2017.

The Twitter account for this project is @arl4all. For more information, or if you have an event or project that you think should be included in Arlington for All, please send contact mgoldsipe@arlingtonhumanrights.org.

Monthly meetings

AHRC usually meets at 8 pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Jefferson Cutter House, 611 Massachusetts Ave. Check the town calendar the week of the meeting to confirm. More info: arlingtonhumanrights.org/index.php/meetings.

Reporting discrimination

The protected classes in Arlington, Massachusetts, are: race, color, religious views, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, citizenship, age, ancestry, family/marital status, sexual orientation, disability, source of income, and military status.

You can report discrimination in Arlington to the AHRC.

Arlington Human Rights Commission
27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA 02476
781-316-3250    ahrc@town.arlington.ma.us

Download the AHRC complaint form at tinyurl.com/AHRCcomplaint or arlingtonhumanrights.org/images/documents/AHRC_Discrimination_Complaint_Form.pdf.

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