Arlington is now a Trust Act community

Town Meeting voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Trust Act, a non-binding resolution endorsing Arlington Police Department’s community policing practices.

The Trust Act reassures all Arlingtonians that our police force, first responders, educators, and other Town personnel protect and serve everyone in Arlington by declining to engage in non-mandatory immigration enforcement, which erodes community trust and wastes Town money on federal deportation activities.

For more information, check out AHRC's Trust Act factsheet.

LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission established

Town Meeting also voted overwhelmingly in favor of establishing an LGBTQIA+ Rainbow Commission. AHRC looks forward to collaborating with the Rainbow Commission on future projects and events.

Once the state Attorney General's office certifies the Town Meeting results (usually around October), the Town Manager and School Committee can begin recruiting new commissioners, so look for opportunities to apply in the fall.

Monthly meeting May 18

This month AHRC will meet at 8 pm on Thursday, May 18 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.

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 stop by between 7:45 and 8 pm on Thursday, May 18 at the Jefferson Cutter House, 611 Mass. Ave., in the lower level conference room. The entrance is in the back, by the parking lot.

If your group would like a large quantity of signs, we can help you arrange to purchase them directly from the printer.

#arl4all events

The first in a series of Arlington for All events at Uncle Sam Plaza in Arlington Center will be a karate demo by Zhen Ren Chuan on Saturday, May 13 at 1 pm. Future events include a presentation by the Arlington Minutemen on Saturday, June 17. The series is organized by the Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee

The 25th annual national Letter Carriers’ #StampOutHunger Food Drive is this Saturday, May 13. If you leave a bag or bags of nonperishable food by your mailbox before your letter carrier’s normal pickup time, they will pick it up and deliver it to the Arlington Food Pantry (who will share with Arlington EATS).

At the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Respond/Response, Wednesday, May 17, 7–8:30 pm, Edward H. Linde Gallery (Gallery 168), free with museum admission. "What can we learn from people in our community about ways we can respond to violations of human rights? Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists for a series of free public forums on issues related to themes in 'Memory Unearthed: The Lodz Ghetto Photographs of Henryk Ross,' on view through July 30. Join the panel for a free reception following the event."

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.

It's not too late! The deadline for late entries to the 7th annual Arlington International Film Festival is May 31.

Save the date! Porchfest is coming to East Arlington and Arlington Heights on June 3.

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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