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
30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, January 15, 7:30 pm (refreshments at 6:30), Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Deborah Jackson. Special Musical Presentation: MLK Community Chorus.
Arlington International Film Festival screening of "Suited," January 30, 6:30 pm, Robbins Library Community Room, 700 Mass Ave. "Suited" tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that caters to a diverse LGBTQ community. Because fashion has no gender. Cosponsored by the Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network, the Robbins Library, and the Arlington Council on Aging. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
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.