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 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, 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 this kickoff event, please join us for our next 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.
Upcoming #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.
Save the date! The 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance will be Monday, January 15, 2018.