"Boston Belmont Friends Group" has successful 'Bowling Blast' in Dorchester in March. This event was funded by Belmont Against Racism. Thank you to all of our members who contribute to BAR. Please consider a donation to support events like this, the recent "Bystander Workshop" at the Beech Street Center, programs in the schools, and more by writing a check made out to BAR and send to BAR PO Box 649 Belmont MA 02478

Support to the immigrant community

"Welcoming Community" Petition

The BAR Board has voted to support the "Welcoming Community " petition to Town Meeting to be presented by Anne Mahon. We encourage our Belmont members to contact their Town Meeting members to voice their support.

Would you like to display a welcoming lawn sign?
Belmont Against Racism Lawn Sign

BAR has them in 5 languages: Arabic, Armenian, English, Mandarin, and Spanish. It is a two sided sign. We are requesting a $10 donation to cover the cost. If you are interested please contact Kathryn at kmbonfiglio@gmail.com.

BAR Events

Belmont Gay Straight Alliance Committee Annual Fall Potluck
Sunday, October 29th, 6-8:30pm
Fran Yuan & Rich Vogel's, 182 Orchard Street, Belmont

Please bring a dish to share!

Kindly RSVP to Fran at fthyuan@gmail.com or 617-372-2789.

Let her know what you’d like to bring: salad, main dish, side dish, desserts, so we can balance out the selections.

You can reach us by email at belmontagainstracism@gmail.com


Yes, I want to support the work of Belmont Against Racism. If you would like to support BAR's overall work, please put BAR in the comment section. If you want to support the METCO fund, which primarily funds safe transportation for our Boston students who are participating in after school activities, put METCO in the comment section. Thank you!

Please make your check out to Belmont Against Racism (BAR), write "METCO Fund" on the byline, and send your donation to:

  • BAR
  • P.O. Box 649
  • Belmont, MA 02478
Hands Around the Pond

How We Work

BAR works with various segments of our community - government, schools, churches and businesses to:

  • Raise awareness about prejudice in our community through education, distribution of information and resource materials, contribution to local media, and participation in public dialogue
  • Fund diversity training in the schools and community
  • Respond to racial incidents which have occurred in Belmont
  • Establish formal connections with the institutions of Belmont government and public schools to develop programs or plans for addressing the problem of racism and other forms of discrimination
  • Sponsor events with special presentations and speakers focused on topics addressing discrimination
  • Sponsor social events to bring diverse people together in celebration of the arts or as informal gatherings

Our History

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.

Our Purpose

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

2017-2018 Meetings

BAR meetings are open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 7:30 pm at the Belmont Public Library.

  • Thursday, September 14th, 2017
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Assembly Room
  • Thursday, October 12th, 2017
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 9th, 2017
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 14th, 2017
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Assembly Room
  • Thursday, January 11th, 2018
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Assembly Room
  • Thursday, February 8th, 2018
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Flett Room
  • Thursday, March 8th, 2018
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Flett Room
  • Thursday, April 12th, 2018
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Flett Room
  • Thursday, May 10th, 2018
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Flett Room
  • Thursday, June 14th, 2018
    7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
    Flett Room


  • President
    Kathryn Bonfiglio
  • Vice-president
    John Robotham
  • Clerk
    June Roberts
  • Treasurer
    Steve Friedman
  • Recording secretary
    Florence Lefebvre

Board of Directors

  • Meg Anderson, Kathryn Bonfiglio, Michael Collins, Steve Friedman, Paula Josephs, Lorraine Kermond, Florence Lefebvre, Charlene O'Connor, John Robotham, Carol Sabia

Why Join?

BAR work affects our community:

  • We raise awareness and open discussion
  • Our work produces results and makes a difference for everyone in town!
  • Fulfill your own commitment to making a difference and participate in community building

Make a Difference

  • Consider attending one of our monthly meetings and see if BAR is something you would like to become a part.
  • If you like to contribute your expertise, funds, time or other resources please contact us
We are confident that you will make a positive step for Belmont in justice, equality and community relations!

Concerns about the safety and card-being of our gay and lesbian students in the Belmont schools led to the establishment of the Gay Straight Alliance Committee in 2001. BGSAC is devoted to addressing issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community in Belmont.


  • To lead Belmont in becoming a community that welcomes and values its LGBTQ community members
  • To advocate for the safety and equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the schools and community at large
  • To actively serve as a resource and source of support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community members, in particular, as card as to the larger Belmont community

Town of Belmont

Government Organizations For Equality And Social Justice

Non-Profit Organizations For Equality, Social Justice, Fair Housing

Museums/Black History Trail

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Equal Rights

Form for METCO support fund requests Form for general funding requests