Restorative Justice Panel

Left to right, Senator Will Brownsberger, Belmont Police Chief Richard McLaughlin, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Executive Director of  Communities for Restorative Justice Erin Freeborn, BAR President Kathryn Bonfiglio, Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan, and Middlesex Deputy Superintendent Scot CHaput

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– P.O. Box 649
– Belmont, MA 02478

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6:30 pm Parent Lecture Series
Parent Lecture Series
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parent Lecture Series
5th Annual Parent Lecture Series
6:30 pm Parent Lecture Series
Parent Lecture Series
Apr 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parent Lecture Series
5th Annual Parent Lecture Series
6:30 pm Parent Lecture Series
Parent Lecture Series
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Parent Lecture Series
5th Annual Parent Lecture Series

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 7:30 p.m. 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.

2018 MLK Breakfast

Rep. Byron Rushing, Keynote speaker

Members of Black in Belmont address the audience

Audience members listening to Rep. Rushing’s speech: Raise your hand if you are over 50: How to teach Martin to those who weren’t alive then.


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


Museums/Black History Trail

LBGTQ Alliance


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. The LGBTQ Alliance is devoted to addressing issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community in Belmont. In 2017, BGSAC’s name was changed to Belmont LGBTQ Alliance.

  • 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

Check out the LGBTQ Alliance on Facebook

Who We Are

Kathryn Bonfiglio


John Robotham


June Roberts


Steve Friedman


Florence 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