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– BAR
– P.O. Box 649
– Belmont, MA 02478

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Events

  • Mon
    15
    Jan
    2018

    Belmont's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast

    8:45 amBelmont High School 221 Concord Avenue Cafeteria Belmont, MA 02478

    Click here to purchase tickets

    Keynote Speaker: State Representative Byron Rushing. Representative Rushing was first elected to the Massachusetts in 1982. He represents Boston's South End and serves as the Majority Whip of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He has a long career of support for social justice issues, including criminal justice reform, gay rights, health care equity and more. In the 1960's civil rights era, he was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality. He is a past President of the Museum of African American History in Boston.

    There will be activities in the gym for children ages 5-10 years. Daycare provided for preschoolers.

    Free parking. Wheelchair accessible.

    Join us for thoughtful conversation, music, and more.

    Proceeds of the event go to the METCO Fund which is used for late transportation for METCO high school students who participate in after school activities at Belmont High School, and is used across all the Belmont schools for programs that bring our Boston and Belmont students together.

About Us

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 todevelop programs or plans for addressing the problem of racism and other forms of discrimination
  • Sponsor events with special presentations and speakers focused on topics addressingdiscrimination
  • Sponsor social events to bring diverse people together in celebration of the arts or as informal gatherings

We hold quarterly meetings, on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at the Belmont Public Library.

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.

Meetings

  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018

    Meeting

    7:30 - 9:00 PMAssembly Room
  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018

    Meeting

    7:30 - 9:00 PMFlett Room

“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 donating to BAR.

Join

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 quarterly 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

Links

Museums/Black History Trail

Belmont Gay Straight Alliance Committee (BGSAC)

Founding

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.

Mission
  • 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
Contact

Check out the BGSAC on Facebook

Who We Are

Kathryn Bonfiglio

President

John Robotham

Vice-President

June Roberts

Clerk

Steve Friedman

Treasurer

June Lefebvre

Recording Secretary

Board of Directors

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