AHRC Annual Report 2018

The Arlington Human Rights Commission (AHRC) was created by Town Meeting in 1993 to advance issues related to the fair and equal treatment of individuals and to create a mechanism for addressing complaints arising out of these issues. The mission of the AHRC is to work individually and collaboratively with other groups in our community to celebrate the ever-changing tapestry of our Town, and to emphasize, through educational outreach, the danger of intolerance at every level. The Town Manager, School Committee, and the Town Moderator have appointing authority for thirteen members of the Commission.

The AHRC began the year by electing Dave Swanson and Naomi Greenfield to Co-Chair the Commission. The AHRC met monthly throughout the year.

The AHRC collaborated with, co-sponsored events with or publicized events for many Town government and community groups, including: Arlington Public Schools (APS), Arlington Health & Human Services (AHHS), Arlington Police Department (APD), Arlington Council on Aging, Robbins Library, ACMi, True Story Theater, Mystic LGBTQ+ Youth Support Network, Community Dispute Center, Trinity Boston Foundation, Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ), Arlington Regional Model United Nations & Civic Engagement Club (ARMUN), Arlington Rainbow Commission, Anti-Defamation League of New England and human rights organizations in several neighboring towns.

Education and Trainings

  • Participated in Cultural Competency Training through Trinity Boston Foundation. Invited and included members of various town and community groups, including Robbins Library, Arlington Youth Counseling Center, AHHS, and APD.

  • Participated in Mediation Training workshop through Community Dispute center.