Advocacy and Action for Antiracism

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Sowing the Seeds of Discord

Sowing the Seeds of Discord By Christina Horner, President World of Wellesley    Among the many shameful, violent, racist, and anti-Semitic posts written by a


Talking about Race with Children: Why It Matters and How to Start Doing It

Date: 2022-10-17
Time: 19:00 - 20:30
Location: Wellesley Middle School - Cafeteria
Talking to young children about racism, anti-racism and bias can be daunting, even for parents who have experience with these issues in other contexts. Feeling ill equipped to engage is common, but waiting until children are developmentally ready for adult discussions misses an important window, since the roots of racism and bias can start extremely early. Come learn about the impact on children and how to get started with teachable moments for children from preschool through middle school age. The event will be led by Meredith Moore from the group Kids for Racial Justice.
Light refreshments to be provided. For more questions and information please contact

Screening of “All In: the Fight for Democracy”

Date: 2021-05-11
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online
all in the fight for democracy

Join for a group watch party of the documentary “All In: The Fight for Democracy”. This documentary, featuring Stacey Abrams, takes a look at the history and current activism against voter suppression. Afterwards, we’ll have 15 minutes of social time in break out rooms/small groups. Hope you can make it!

Hosted by Wellesley Town Democratic Committee.

Seizing the Moment Against Racism: What Allies Can Do

Date: 2021-04-30
Time: 00:00 - 00:00
Location: Online
Seizing the moment against racism

A frank conversation about the role companies, executives, employees and customers must all play when we witness acts of injustice or bigotry in our places of work and our communities. Being good allies is not only about what we do, but about the insight and understanding that results from better appreciating one another’s lived experiences. A panel discusses the danger of doing nothing but also the economic and societal benefits of meeting the moment. Panelists:

  • Liz Cheng, general manager for television, GBH
  • Michael Curry, president & CEO of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers
  • Colette Phillips, CEO of Colette Phillips Communications and CEO, founder and president of Get Konnected!
  • Eneida M. Roman, Esq, principal of Roman Law and co-founder of Amplify Latinx


Hosted by our partner Newton-Needham Regional Chamber.

Resource List


White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action (WPCR) brings people together to examine white privilege and racism in order to galvanize them to anti-racist action. Our mission is to provide people with tools and resources to challenge and change attitudes and actions that perpetuate racism. While our focus is on white people’s role in dismantling racism, our courses are open to everyone who is committed to achieving racial justice. Please join us for our next 5-week or 3-week workshop.


SURJ BOSTON is a local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.


Black Lives Matter Boston’s mission is to organize and build Black power in Boston and across the country. Some examples of this is to galvanize our communities to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people. To support the development of new Black leaders, as well as create a network where Black people feel empowered to determine our destinies in our communities.


NAACP: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.  Business as usual is costing Black Americans their lives. The NAACP has started a social movement and we need your voice to make one thing clear: #WeAreDoneDying. Join us, as we urge Congress to take every measure in ensuring we protect Black lives.

Community Action 

BLACK LIVES MATTER SIGNS: Demonstrate your continued support for the Black Lives Matter movement to support their work against racist policing and police violence, abolishing mass incarceration, economic disparities and factors that allow the school to prison pipeline to exist, with a sign displayed in your yard.

Educate Your Children*  

In a time of violence and civil unrest and seeing the fissures of racial inequality clearly, let’s all take action and make a difference. For parents, here are examples of how:

1. Teach our children to be upstanders, not bystanders (and then model this ourselves). Organizations like Facing History & Ourselves are on the forefront of proving learning prompts

2. Call out racism (conscious and unconscious) when we see and hear it, and do this in a public way where our children can see

3. Teach, teach, teach them – and read together, books like like A Young People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, available on Amazon or local public libraries

4. Watch movies and documentaries with your children that will inspire deep dialogue on race and difference, like Just Mercy based on the book by social justice lawyer Bryan Stevenson

5. Remind children (and ourselves) that we can make a difference in our respective spheres of influence. If we can affect only one life we have contributed toward the change we hope to see.

  • Children should be encouraged by parents to open discussions about race, bias and difference at home and with friends

  • Children can inspire conversation by asking their teachers questions to help them and their peers better process issues about race, difference and bias

  • Allow kids to practice advocacy/speaking up in a safe space at home with examples of different scenarios – we used episodes of ABC’s What Would You Do? with John Quinones as the stimulus for family conversations about standing up for others

  • For teens, there’s Young Revolutionary: A Teen’s Guide to Activism – a book for teens by a teen, for tangible actions kids can take when they want to speak up and take action, including developing social change campaigns

6. Read aloud to your children, with examples available on Amazon and local public libraries

Readings for Parents to Educate Themselves

Children aren’t immune to racism. Here’s how you can talk to your children about it.

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We need more white parents to talk to their kids about race. Especially now.

Thank you Needham Diversity Initiative for these resources