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To promote dialogue, awareness, and understanding about prejudice and to celebrate diversity in Belmont.


Founded in May 1992 after rioting scarred Los Angeles, Belmont Against Racism (BAR) is a community-action, all-volunteer organization addressing issues of racism and prejudice by following the slogan, think globally, act locally. We focus on fostering awareness and educating the community about exclusionary practices, creating a welcoming community for all, and increasing diversity throughout the town. While BAR, in its first decade, mostly focused on addressing racism, we have broadened our mission to include all problems of prejudice that impact our town and local community.


A subcommittee of BAR, the Gay Straight Alliance Committee (BGSAC) addresses issues faced by gays and lesbians in the Belmont community.

Martin Luther King Community Breakfast

Guest speaker: The Honorable Sonia Chang-Diaz, State Senator, Boston

DATE:  Monday, January 20, 2014
LOCATION:  Belmont High School Cafeteria, 221 Concord Ave., Belmont
TIME:  Registration at 8:30 am, breakfast at 8:45. Program 9:00 to 11:00 am.
ADMISSION:  $5 per person $10 per family


A continental breakfast will be provided. Registration in advance is encouraged, but not required. Payment is made at the door.

In addition to the Belmont Human Rights Commission and Belmont Against Racism, sponsors or conveners include, among others, the Belmont Religious Council, the Belmont School Department, Belmont High School, the Belmont High School Belmontian Community Service Club, the Belmont High School METCO program, Belmont Disability Commission, Vision 21, Belmont High School and Chenery Middle School PTO's, the League of Women Voters and Belmont Special Education Advisory Commission. The event receives support from many local businesses and individuals.

Children of all ages are welcome. Mr. Dick Samaria (Mr. S.) volunteers to provide supervised activities for children 6 to 11; childcare for under 5 is provided by community service volunteers from Belmont High School's Belmontian Club. Music will be provided by Belmont High School students, including the Belmont High School Jazz Combo and Tri-M Music Honor Society. This event will have sign language interpreters.

All proceeds of the breakfast benefit Belmont Against Racism's Belmont Schools' METCO Support Fund, which provides after-school transportation funds and other financial support to ensure that Boston students at all Belmont schools can fully participate in after-school activities.

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Questions: Please call the Belmont Human Rights Commission at (617) 993-2795.

About Sonia Chang-Diaz

Sonia Chang-Diaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate.

She is serving her third term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District, which is comprised of all or part of the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

Senator Chang-Diaz serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. She also serves as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities, Municipalities & Regional Government, Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development, and Public Safety and Homeland Security, and the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets.

Prior to attaining elected office, Senator Chang-Diaz served as a public school teacher in the Lynn and Boston school systems. Senator Chang-Diaz has also worked in public service as a Senior Legislative Aide to former state Senator Cheryl Jacques, as a key political adviser at the Barbara Lee Family Office, and as the Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a non-partisan fiscal policy think tank.

Senator Chang-Diaz was raised on the idea that leadership, at its heart, is about service. Her father, an immigrant to the United States from Costa Rica, was our country's first Latin American astronaut. Her sister is a teacher. And her grandfather has been recognized as one of the country's most committed rural doctors. Senator Chang-Diaz currently resides in Jamaica Plain and is a parishioner at St. Mary of the Angels church in Roxbury.

METCO Support Fund

Belmont Against Racism (BAR) is pleased to announce the availability of an online form to request funding from the METCO Support Fund. This form is a Microsoft Word document.

Please download this form and follow the instructions at the top of the form.

The purpose of BAR's METCO Support Fund is to promote the participation of Belmont METCO students in regular school activities and to foster connections between Boston students and families and their counterparts in Belmont.

Grants for programs or events that serve this purpose can be applied for by Belmont teachers, administrators, students and their families. BAR would appreciate receiving the funding request at least 30 days prior to the event.

Note: BAR funds may also be available for programs that fit BAR's broader purpose of promoting dialogue, awareness and understanding about prejudice and to celebrate diversity in Belmont. Please use this same application form.

Thank you to all of our generous contributors to the METCO Support Fund.

If you wish to donate please make checks out to BAR and write "METCO Support Fund" on the memo line.

Send to:
PO Box 649
Belmont, MA 02478