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
BAR works with various segments of our community – government, schools, churches and businesses to:
We hold quarterly meetings, on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Belmont Public Library.
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.
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.
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.
Meg Anderson, Kathryn Bonfiglio, Michael Collins, Steve Friedman, Paula Josephs, Lorraine Kermond, Florence Lefebvre, Charlene O’Connor, John Robotham, Carol Sabia