Arlington for All
The Arlington Human Rights Commission 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 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. Our first step will be to compile a calendar of diversity-related and community-building events happening in Arlington (and in neighboring faith communities) during 2017.
The kickoff public event for Arlington for All was marching as a visible representation of our diverse town in the Patriots' Day Parade on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2 pm.
Upcoming #arl4all events
Let's Try Japanese Calligraphy, Sunday, September 10, 12:30-2 pm, Uncle Sam Plaza, 730 Mass. Ave., presented by Hiromi Takahashi of the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston in Arlington. The events at Uncle Sam Plaza are organized by the Arlington Tourism and Economic Development Committee.
Arlington Town Day, Saturday, September 16, 10 am-3 pm. The street fair will have over 200 booths of arts and crafts, nonprofit and local business displays, events for the kids as well as an assortment of food. Booths will be located along Massachusetts Avenue between Pleasant and Jason streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Town Day flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. at Town Hall. Art on the Green events will have artist vendors, book authors and poet laureate readers at the Jefferson Cutter House-Whittemore Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. AHRC will be selling Hate Has No Home Here signs at Town Day. For more information and a map: arlingtonma.gov/townday
Unity Project interactive public art, for one week starting September 11, Arlington High School front lawn. Created as a response to the divisiveness and negative rhetoric in American politics, the project raises consciousness about the labels we give ourselves and others and explores how those labels both support and limit building interconnected, interesting communities. See the Arlington Advocate article or www.unityproject.net for more info.
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, AIFFest.org.
DoubleTake: Stories that Make You Think Twice from the Arlington Community, November 18, 5-7 pm, Town Hall. Everyone has a story. We want to hear yours. Double Take is a series of community-building activities 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. See our Events page for more info.
Save the date! The 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance will be Monday, January 15, 2018.
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.