Upcoming Events

 
For other upcoming events, please see our Facebook page and the Arlington for All project. You can reach AHRC by phone at 781-316-3250, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by mail at 27 Maple St., Arlington, MA 02476. Sign up to receive our newsletter.
 
Patriots' Day Parade. Sunday, April 23, 2 pm. 
The Arlington Human Rights Commission invites you to join our multicultural and interfaith group to march in the Patriots' Day parade April 23 under the "Arlington for All" banner. Arlington for All (#arl4all) is a town-wide project being launched by AHRC to highlight diversity in town and celebrate our physical, cultural, and religious histories. 
 
Traditional garb or T-shirts with your group's name or logo are welcome and encouraged when marching with us, but parade rules prohibit political signs or shirts with other messages. No materials can be handed out along the route. Please read the full parade rules and regulations.
 
Arlington for All is #7 in the Blue Unit. 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. View the parade route.
 
The parade will start at 2:00PM and will proceed down Massachusetts Avenue from Brattle Street to Adams Street. The main reviewing stand will be located at Town Hall. Use the hashtag #ArlPats2017 to post your photos and follow the parade on social media.
 

Past Events

 
Queer Aspirations: An Evening of Story Sharing. Friday, March 31, 7 pm, Arlington Center for the Arts.
Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network, True Story Theater, and the Arlington Human Rights Commission invite you to an evening of story sharing on the theme "Queer Aspirations." What are hopes and dreams for your own life? For the wider world? Want insight into visions, dreams, and aspirations of fellow folx? Want to experience a judge-free, brave space and connect with members of the LGBTQ+ community & allies? Personal stories welcomed from LGBTQ+ folk as well as allies. Come to share something or just to support and honor others. Learn about Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network and hear about the kinds of support queer youth need from you. 
 
Information session about Trust Act Resolution warrant article for Town Meeting. 2 pm Sunday, February 26, 2017.
The Arlington Human Rights Commission hosted an information session at Town Hall at 2 pm on Sunday, February 26. Representatives from the Town and an immigration attorney from ACLU of Massachusetts provided legal, financial, and law enforcement information regarding the Trust Act Resolution warrant article that has been submitted for this year's Town Meeting. We were also joined by Jeff Thielman of the International Institute of New England (who is also an Arlington School Board member), a former Arlingtonian who is a Muslim immigrant, and the director of communications for the City of Somerville (which has been a Sanctuary City for 30 years).
 
Intergenerational Stories of Growing up Queer. June 24, 2016.
The Arlington Human Rights Commission cosponsored Mystic LGBTQA+ Youth Support Network's discussion of queer youth's experience growing up in Arlington and nearby towns. True Story Theater used playback theater techniques to enact the stories the youth and audience members shared and guided the group in considering ways we can make the town safer and more welcoming for LGBTQIA+ youth. 
 
Community Dialogue: Arlington — Building an Inclusive and Welcoming Community. May 17, 2016.
The Arlington Human Rights Commission, in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, presented an interactive community dialogue. Using a letter written by George Washington and video from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Arlington’s Community Read book Americana, we engaged in a dialogue that used our history as well as our present to inform our discussion about building an inclusive community in Arlington that welcomes all.  from 6:45-8:45 p.m. in the Robbins Library Community Room. 
 
Expanding Equality: Protecting Freedom of Gender Identity and Expression in Arlington. April 14, 2016. 
The Arlington Human Rights Commission, Fenway Health, and the Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network invited all Town Meeting members to discuss Warrant Article 18, Expanding Equal Protection. A panel of health care professionals and transgender Arlingtonians discussed their experiences, reviewed the negative health impacts of discrimination, and showed how building a more welcoming community benefits the entire community. True Story Theater facilitated story sharing and reflections around issues of gender diversity and discrimination. The evening closed with an opportunity to speak informally with the panel participants and fellow Town Meeting members about the important bylaw amendment. Special guest: Representative Sean Garballey, a cosponsor of the Massachusetts Equal Access Bill (Senate Bill #735/House Bill #1577). See video of the event from ACMi: http://vod.acmi.tv/2016/04/expanding-equality.


Everyday Hero Award


The Arlington Human Rights Commission bestowed its Everyday Hero Award on Ottoson Middle School’s Building Respect Task Force and Friends of the Gay/Straight Alliance at a ceremony on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at the Whittemore-Robbins House.  Eighty people attended the event to celebrate and honor the groups’ efforts, aimed at fostering a respectful, inclusive climate at Ottoson.

The Everyday Hero Award recognizes community members who demonstrate an active commitment to fostering understanding of and respect for our differences. This year’s award was accepted by Ottoson Principal Tim Ruggere and other key members of the Building Respect Task Force and Friends of the Gay/Straight Alliance.

Eighth grade student Katie Ray addressed the audience, which included 20 of her fellow OMS students and Superintendent Kathleen Bodie.  Ray, a peer leader and member of the Gay/Straight Alliance, spoke about the importance of learning about the harmful effects of prejudice and intolerance at a young age, “before it’s too late.”

Recepients of the Arlington Human Rights Commission's Everyday Hero Award (L to R): Sheridan Kahmann, Laila Moore Niles, Kate Vigil, Emily Vincent, Jackson Vincent, Sue Costello, Carla Gates, Nina Martorana, Linda Letourneau, Timothy Ruggere, Cindy Wells, Anna Watson, Jo Anne Preston,Nicole Libresco, Kate Casa, Beth Wickwire Remillard, Linda Magram, Stacy Davison. Presented by Gary Horowitz, Chair, Arlington Human Rights Commission (far right).

Ottoson Middle School Peer Leaders and Gay/Straight Alliance Members: Front row (L to R): Harmony Browning, Rebecca Mendez, Jessica Gates, Sana Mohtadi, Diego Lasarte, David Andrade, Diana Korey, Kelsey Cruz. Second row: Davis Kahman, Owen Niles, Jessica Winstanley, Olivia Ferreria, Harshini Senthil, Katie Ray, Marcus Lewis. Back Row: Liam Watson, Alexander Franzosa, Will Christmann, Isabelle Rose

For more information, see the article from the Arlington Patch.