Find AHRC at Booth 115 on Town Day

Town Day is this Saturday, September 16. You can find the Arlington Human Rights Commission at Booth 115 from 10 am to 3 pm. Stop by, say hi, and learn how to join the AHRC. We'll also be selling Hate Has No Home Here signs at Town Day. For those who can afford it, we're asking for $7 to cover the printing costs.

Click this link for the map and full list of booths:

Hate Has No Home Here signs at Town Day

AHRC will have Hate Has No Home Here signs at Town Day. The HHNHH 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. A $7 donation per sign covers the cost of printing, which will allow AHRC to purchase additional signs. AHRC would love to see these signs pop up all over town!

Apply to join the AHRC

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 or Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine, 730 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA 02476. Position will remain open until filled.

AHRC receives the Housing Corp.'s annual community service award

At the Housing Corporation of Arlington's annual meeting this month, the Human Rights Commission received the Deacon Frank Mandosa Community Service Award, which is given to groups and individuals who possess "a commitment to unite the community around affordable housing issues." The HCA commended AHRC's "long history of fair housing actions and brave stand on Sanctuary City." Co-chairs Christine Carney and Mel Goldsipe, along with Commissioners Naomi Greenfield and Nick Minton, were on hand to accept the award.

Double Take: Stories that Make You Think Twice

Everyone has a story. We want to hear yours! Double Take is a series of community-building activities designed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The goal of the program is to encourage members of the Arlington community to learn how to tell their own personal stories, share their stories with the community, and listen and learn from the stories of other community members.

The program starts with a storytelling workshop and culminates with a community-wide storytelling event at Town Hall on November 18, 5-7 pm. Cosponsored by ACMi. The Storytelling Workship is scheduled for next week. See the Events page on our website for more information or email if you are interested in sharing a story.

Closing the SNAP Gap

This month, the Arlington Department of Health and Human Services along with over two dozen community partners will kick off the Closing the SNAP Gap campaign. There are currently over 2,500 Arlington residents that fall in the SNAP Gap, which is defined as the number of residents that are eligible to receive SNAP benefits but are unenrolled. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the federally funded program that provides low income residents with financial assistance to purchase food. We can all do our part to share educational materials and refer Arlington residents in need to the program.

Monthly meeting September 20

This month AHRC will meet at 8 pm on Wednesday, September 20 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

Common Art, Saturday, September 23, 74 Pleasant Street. Exhibit and sale of art created by individuals who are currently or at one time have been unhoused.

Arlington International Film Fest, October 26-29, Capitol Theatre,

Save the date! The 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance will be Monday, January 15, 2018.

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:

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:

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

Download the AHRC complaint form at or

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