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Double Take storytelling event this Saturday

Everyone has a story. Double Take: Stories that Make You Think Twice from the Arlington Community is a series of community-building activities designed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to help members of the Arlington community tell their own personal stories, share their stories with the community, and listen and learn from the stories of other community members.

The program started with a storytelling workshop and culminates with the community-wide storytelling event in the Town Hall auditorium this Saturday, November 18, 5-7 pm. Cosponsored by ACMi.

Join the Human Rights Commission

The Arlington Human Rights Commission has a vacancy. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. The Town strives to have Commission membership reflect Arlington's diversity.

AHRC's mission is to work individually and collaboratively with other groups in our community to celebrate the ever-changing tapestry of our Town, to emphasize through educational outreach the danger of intolerance at every level, and to advance issues related to the fair and equal treatment of individuals. Meetings are usually on the third Wednesday of the month at the Jefferson Cutter House on Mass. Ave.

If you are a resident of the Town and are interested in becoming an AHRC member, please send your resume and letter of interest to townmanager@town.arlington.ma.us or Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, 730 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA 02476. Position will remain open until filled.

Join the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission

The Town of Arlington seeks to appoint seven members to the newly created Arlington LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, which was established by the 2017 Annual Arlington Town Meeting. The Commission will consist of six members to be appointed by the Town Manager, approved by the Board of Selectmen, and one member appointed by the School Committee.

The Rainbow Commission was created to promote equality-affirming policies regarding the full spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities and to bring greater visibility and empowerment to the LGBTQIA+ population through education, advocacy, and collaboration with other Town agencies, schools, and community groups. It will also work on fostering community and connection among Arlington's LGBTQIA+ population, from youth to families and elders.

The Town strives to have Commission membership reflect the community's diversity.

If you are a resident of the Town and are interested in becoming a member of the LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission, please send your resume and letter of interest to: Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, 730 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA 02476 or email townmanager@town.arlington.ma.us by November 25, 2017. 

Monthly meeting November 15

This month AHRC will meet at 8 pm on Wednesday, November 15 at the Jefferson Cutter House, 611 Mass. Ave., in the lower level conference room. The entrance is in the back, by the parking lot, and the room is accessible.

#arl4all events

QBG Potluck, Wednesday, November 29, 7-8:30 pm. Bring a dish to share with the group if you’re able, otherwise come enjoy the labor of others!  We’ll feast like royalty!  (Note that this meeting will be taking place in the downstairs Community Room, not our usual meeting place in the 4th floor Conference Room.) Queer Book Group / Social reads great LGBTQ-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction, and hosts LGBTQ-themed social events. New members are welcome. Robbins Library, Community Room, 700 Mass. Ave.

Queer Book Group, Wednesday, December 13, 7 pm. QBG discusses Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera. Queer Book Group / Social reads great LGBTQ-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction, and hosts LGBTQ-themed social events. New members are welcome. Come make some new friends & expand your community. Robbins Library, 4th floor conference room, 700 Mass. Ave.

Reel Queer: An Intergenerational Queer Movie Series, Thursday, December 14, 6:30 pm. The Robbins Library & Arlington Council on Aging are proud to present a screening of the romantic comedy Imagine Me & You. This film is rated R and has a runtime of 90 min. Robbins Library, 4th floor conference room, 700 Mass. Ave.

Save the date! The 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance will be Monday, January 15, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 pm with light refreshment. Program begins at 7:30. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Deborah Jackson. Special Musical Presentation: MLK Community Chorus. Town Hall Auditorium, 730 Mass. Ave. 

Arlington for All (hashtag #arl4all) is a town-wide campaign incorporating a number of town organizations, faith communities, schools, arts groups, and individuals 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.

Submit an event to the #arl4all calendar: arl4all@arlingtonhumanrights.org.

Hate Has No Home Here signs

The Hate Has No Home Here Project promotes just and inclusive communities by encouraging neighbors to declare their homes, schools, businesses, and places of worship to be safe places where everyone is welcome and valued.

AHRC would love to see these signs pop up all over town. We have purchased a limited number of these signs for display in the yard or window. A $7 donation per sign covers the cost of printing, which will allow AHRC to purchase additional signs.

If you would like one or more signs, please contact ccarney@arlingtonhumanrights.org. If your group would like a large quantity of signs, we can help you arrange to purchase them directly from the printer.



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.

Email list

Like what AHRC is doing? Forward this email to a friend and encourage them to keep up with our work. They can email us at ahrc@town.arlington.ma.us or fill out the subscription form on our website to receive our newsletters.

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