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Trust Act info session this Sunday, Feb. 26

The Arlington Human Rights Commission will be hosting an information session in the Town Hall auditorium at 2 pm on Sunday, February 26. Representatives from the Town will provide legal, financial, and law-enforcement information regarding the Trust Act resolution that has been submitted for this year's Town Meeting (Warrant Article 59). 
 
A preliminary fact sheet about Sanctuary Towns is available. However, instead of the initial broad statement declaring Arlington to be a Sanctuary Town, AHRC is putting forward more detailed language regarding becoming a Trust Act community. A new fact sheet will be available on the AHRC and Town websites after the Board of Selectmen hearing on Feb. 27. See links to additional information about the hearing in the section below.

LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission and Trust Act resolution hearings Monday, Feb. 27

The Trust Act resolution (Warrant Article 59) and LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission (Warrant Article 15) will have hearings at the Board of Selectmen meeting in the Town Hall auditorium on Monday, Feb. 27. The meeting starts at 7:15, though the warrant article hearings are later on the agenda. You can read the text of the warrant articles and supporting documents, including commentary from the Town Counsel and information regarding the need for an LGBTQIA+ Commission.

Arlington for All kickoff

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 kickoff public event for Arlington for All will be to march as a visible representation of our diverse town in the Patriots' Day Parade on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 pm. We plan to provide #arl4all flags for marchers and to give out candies from many countries. We encourage people to join us in garb representing your ethnic background, faith community, school, LGBTQIA+ pride colors, etc. (And please let us know ASAP what kind of accommodations you/your group would need to participate.)
 
If you'd like to help us plan our parade participation and recruit groups to march with us, please join us for our next Arlington for All subcommittee meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 7-8 pm at the Jefferson Cutter House, 611 Massachusetts Ave, in the lower level conference room. The entrance is in the back, by the parking lot, and the room is accessible. 
 
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. We are starting 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.

#arl4all events 

Arlington Reads Together Kick off with Nicole Maines: You are Part of the Story, Town Hall at 1 pm on Saturday March 4. More info: https://robbinslibrary.wordpress.com/arlington-reads-together-2017/
 
True Story Theater presents Trans*forming Stigma, honoring the experience of people who have often been stigmatized for simply claiming their own true identities. True Story Theater will invite participants to share their thoughts and feelings about Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, the 2017 Arlington Reads Together selection, and about their relationship to the experience of trans* and different gender identities. March 15, 7-8:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Mass Ave. 
 
We the People: The Art of Advocacy. Since January 20, 2017, millions of people around the world have taken to the streets to voice their beliefs in freedom, liberty and justice for all. With great creativity, marchers have carried thoughtful, hand-made signs, hats, sandwich boards, posters, buttons, banners and more. The Arlington Center for the Arts invites you to take part in a pop-up gallery exhibit as we join the conversation at this pivotal moment of social activism. We are seeking posters, photos, and ephemera in order to use these contemporary artworks and artifacts to tell the larger story of what inspires our community to action. Submissions: Friday, March 3, 9am-6pm and Saturday, March 4, 10am-2pm. On view at the Arlington Center for the Arts: Friday, March 10 – Friday March 24. Opening Reception: Friday, March 10, 7-9pm. More info: http://www.acarts.org/calls-for-artists
 
Reel Queer: Intergenerational LGBT Movie Series. The Robbins Library Queer Book Club and the Council on Aging's LGBT seniors’ group are proud to present a screening of Transamerica. Tuesday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room, Snacks and drinks will be served.
 
Save the date: Friday, March 31 at 7pm. Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network, True Story Theater, and Arlington Human Rights Commission event. Details to come.

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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