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SUNDAY! March with AHRC in the Patriots' Day Parade (April 23)

AHRC invites you to march with us in Arlington's annual Patriots' Day Parade on Sunday, April 23. AHRC will be leading a multicultural and interfaith group under the banner "Arlington for All" (#arl4all) and we hope you'll join us.

Check-in will start at the Dunkin' Donuts in Arlington Heights at 1:20 pm. We are Blue 7 in the line-up order, but that may change. See our Events page for more information.

Please read the PDF of the parade rules if you plan to join us. For example, political signs are not allowed; no material may be passed out along the route; shirts with your group's name on it are fine, such as a school shirt or faith community shirt.

Town Meeting Begins April 24

A PDF of the warrant for the 2017 Annual Town Meeting is available, though the final wording to be considered for each article is likely to be different and more detailed than what is contained in the warrant. You can find Town Meeting information (including a PDF of Town Meeting members by precinct) at arlingtonma.gov/townmeeting.

The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted in favor of the Trust Act Resolution that AHRC is co-sponsoring (Article 59). The Town website has a preliminary fact sheet about Sanctuary Towns (download the PDF). However, instead of the initial broad statement declaring Arlington to be a Sanctuary Town, AHRC has put forward more detailed language for a Trust Act Resolution instead. You can download a PDF of the resolution here (scroll down to Article 59). We will post an updated factsheet on the AHRC website soon.

The Board also unanimously voted in favor of establishing an LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission that AHRC is supporting (Article 15). You can download a PDF of the final draft here. Community members and AHRC put together some information regarding the need for an LGBTQIA+ Commission (download the PDF).

Please encourage your precinct's Town Meeting members to vote in favor of the Rainbow Commission (Article 15) and the Trust Act Resolution (Article 59).

#arl4all events

Arlington International Film Festival, 7th Annual Poster Contest Awards Ceremony. Friday, April 28, 7 pm, Old Schwamb Mill Museum, 14 Mill Lane.

True Story Theater events: Sharing Learning & Final Celebration for the Arlington Living Brochure project, Thursday, April 27, 7-9 pm, Robbins Library community room. Attend a taping of a live performance of Arlington Welcomes DiversityWednesday, May 10, 6:45-9 pm at ACMI, 85 Park Ave.

Save the date! Arlington-Teosinte Sister City Project will host a screening of the documentary "Invisible Crisis: the Female Face of Forced Migration" followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday, May 24, 7 pm, Robbins Library community room.

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. To submit an event to the #arl4all calendar, email arl4all@arlingtonhumanrights.org.

Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 24.

Watch the 9-minute video from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that gives an overview of the Holocaust, Days of Remembrance, and why we as a nation remember this history.

Hate Has No Home Here

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.

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