You are invited to participate in events being organized in Arlington in conjunction with a national Stand Against Racism movement initiated by the YWCA.   Stand Against Racism began in 2008 to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities and that it cannot be ignored or tolerated.  Our goal in Arlington is to unite as one community in order to celebrate diversity, raise awareness that racism and all forms of prejudice still exist, and silence the voices of those who promote hate.  Please come to any or all of
these free community events, and pass this information along to other interested individuals or groups. See the listing below:

Stand Against Racism Events

Freedom Writers Movie Showing

Friday, April 30th; 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Arlington High School Auditorium, 869 Mass. Ave.

Freedom Writers (2007) PG-13.  While her at-risk students are reading classics like The Diary of Anne Frank, a young teacher (Hilary Swank) asks them to keep journals about their troubled lives and apply history’s lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair that threatens their futures. Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey co-star in this moving drama based on real-life California educator Erin Gruwell’s unorthodox methods. Movie is based on the book “The Freedom Writers Diary: how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them”.

Stand Against Racism Community Rally

Saturday, May 1st; 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Meet outside of Town Hall, 730 Mass. Ave.     Rain or Shine.

Help to raise awareness about and take a stand against racism.  Bring a handmade sign and stand with your neighbors for a while.  Pick up some information about racism, grab a free bookmark or buy a Stand Against Racism t-shirt.
A Community Conversation About Race

Sunday, May 2nd; 7:30 – 9:00p.m.

First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church Community Room

630 Mass. Ave., Arlington    Refreshments served.

A special OPEN HOUSE forum offered by State Rep. Jay Kaufman in collaboration with Stand Against Racism.  Many people thought that the election of Barack Obama would make racism a thing of the past in the U.S. but recent developments over the Health Care Legislation suggest that we may still have work to do.  Community members are invited to test their reality of this and to share experiences of discrimination and prejudice, explore the impacts of real or perceived racism, and identify what can be done personally and on a community-wide basis to address issues identified.  Facilitated by Regina Caines, Cambridge YWCA Board President and Arlington resident.

Events are co-sponsored by the Arlington Human Rights Commission, Arlington METCO Program, MLK Jr. Celebration Committee, Park Ave. Congregational Church, Calvary Church, United Methodist, Vision 2020 Standing Committee and Diversity Task Group, in conjunction with the YWCA Boston and YWCA Cambridge.