Upcoming Partner Events

Diversity and Discussion Book Club

Start date: September 12, 2019

End date: June 10, 2020

Location: Needham Free Library

Book group series at Needham Free Library. Multiple dates and books. Copies of each book can be found at the Needham Free Public Library, the interlibrary loan system, as well as Hoopla for those who prefer audiobooks.

Co-sponsored by Trustees of the Needham Free Library, Needham Diversity Initiative, and the Needham Human Rights Committee.

Claude Kaitare – Rwanda Journey

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

All are welcome for light refreshments beginning at 6:30 PM. The speaker will start at 7:00 PM.

Claude Kaitare was born in the early 80’s in Rwanda. He spent his childhood primarily in Kigali until the Rwandan president was assassinated on April 6th, 1994. This provided the catalyst for what is known as the genocide against Tutsi.

Claude’s began an odyssey that separated him from his family in an orphanage, led him to live with an aunt and some family members in Portland Maine. He went on to attend high school and graduated from Clark University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in History in 2005. In January, he complete graduate level Holocaust and Genocide Studies certificate program at Salem State University. Claude has travelled extensively through Eastern Europe and most recently visited Rwanda with Salem State University in 2015, 16 and 17.

Claude continues to testify about the tragedies that he witnessed in the genocide to different high schools and universities in collaboration with Facing History and Ourselves for whom he has been a resource speaker since the early 2000s. He aims to educate others on genocide and war crimes since unfortunately history does repeat itself. His objective is to continue raising awareness in hope of minimizing ignorance about the human catastrophe of genocide.

This is a joint meeting with the Rotary Club of Wellesley.

Past Partner Events

Black Lives Matter Vigil—September 2019

Date: September 3, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 6:15pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights. We hold a 15 minute silent vigil in recognition that Black Lives Matter each month. We gather in the UU Wellesley Hills courtyard and proceed together to the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills. We believe that holding such a vigil will ignite important conversation about white supremacy and institutional racism within our community.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—August 2019

Date: August 6, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 6:15pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights. We hold a 15 minute silent vigil in recognition that Black Lives Matter each month. We gather in the UU Wellesley Hills courtyard and proceed together to the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills. We believe that holding such a vigil will ignite important conversation about white supremacy and institutional racism within our community.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Lights for Liberty—Wellesley

Date: July 12, 2019

Time: 9:00 pm

Location: Intersection of Washington St & Central St

The Independent Quaker Worship Group of Greater Boston invites members and attenders of Wellesley Friends Meeting to join them in a candlelight vigil to call attention to the inhumane treatment of refugees in the United States. We will meet at the intersection of Washington Street and Central Street in Wellesley Square (in from of the Congregational Church at Rts. 16 and 135). Please join us and bring a candle. This is a local event in conjunction with a national action: https://www.lightsforliberty.org.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—July 2019

Date: July 2, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 6:15pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights. We hold a 15 minute silent vigil in recognition that Black Lives Matter each month. We gather in the UU Wellesley Hills courtyard and proceed together to the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills. We believe that holding such a vigil will ignite important conversation about white supremacy and institutional racism within our community.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Inaugural Wellesley Eid Festival

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Wellesley Town Hall Green

Everyone is welcome for some free family fun including arts & crafts, face painting, nails, henna tattoos, lawn games, popcorn, cotton candy and much more!

Wellesley Eid Fest is being coordinated by Wellesley resident Nadeem Sarwar. A team of Wellesley youth spanning elementary, middle, high school and college freshmen are helping organize the event. Contact Wellesley.eidfest@gmail.com for more information. Please tag us on social media #WellesleyEidFest.

A thank you to all Wellsonians for your kindness and support for the muslim community in our amazing town.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—June 2019

Date: June 3, 2019

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights. We hold a 15 minute silent vigil in recognition that Black Lives Matter each month, on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm. We gather in the UU Wellesley Hills courtyard and proceed together to the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills. We believe that holding such a vigil will ignite important conversation about white supremacy and institutional racism within our community.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.

Wellesley South Asians Holi 2019

Date: April 28, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: VFW Hall, Needham

Holi, famously known as the “Festival of Colors”, is celebrated by people of South Asian origin to welcome the new season, Spring. The Wellesley South Asians Holi planning committee would like to invite you and your family to the WSA Holi 2019.

This year, the celebration will be held at the VFW Hall in Needham on Sunday, Apr 28 from 11.30 to 2.30 pm. There will be a catered Indian lunch, Bollywood music, dancing, and dry colors to play Holi with, a cultural entertainment program and more- all for $25 per person; kids 5 yrs and under are free.

To purchase tickets please email: WSAHoliGroup@gmail.com. Tickets need to be pre-purchased. 

“Gender Revolution” Movie Screening and Trans Speaker

Date: April 27, 2019

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Wellesley Hills UU

Are you still struggling to understand this new and evolving world of gender identity? Please join Wellesley Hills UU for a free pizza dinner, followed by a showing of “Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric.” This 2017 documentary explores the differences between gender and sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity, and illuminates some of our new understanding of the role of genes and hormones and gender confirmation surgery. After the movie, Noah Augustine, a member of the trans community, will share some of his own experiences and will answer questions.

Hosted by our partner Wellesley Hills UU.

Rikers: An American Jail – Film Screening & Discussion

Date: April 7, 2019

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: Temple Beth Elohim

As we know all too well, the United States is facing a crisis of mass incarceration with more than 2.2 million people packed into its jails and prisons. Please join us on APRIL 7th for a special screening of Rikers: An American Jail , a riveting documentary from Bill Moyers that focuses on former detainees whose searing testimonials describe the deep-seated culture of systemic violence and corruption that has plagued the notorious NYC jail for decades. Featured in the documentary is Rev. Hector “Benny” Custodio who will join us for a discussion following the film as well as Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and Partakers Executive Director Arthur Bembury. Judy Doctoroff, Executive Producer of the film will moderate this distinguished panel as we explore the crisis of mass incarceration.

Hosted by Temple Beth Elohim’s Racial Justice Initiative and co-sponsored by Temple Israel, UU Wellesley Hills and World of Wellesley.

Black Lives Matter Vigil—April 2019

Date: April 7, 2019

Time: 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Location: UU Wellesley Hills courtyard

Members of the UU Wellesley Hills Advocacy & Witness Interest Group invite you to stand with us against white supremacy and for racial justice and human rights. We hold a 15 minute silent vigil in recognition that Black Lives Matter each month, on the first Sunday at 12:30 pm. We gather in the UU Wellesley Hills courtyard and proceed together to the sidewalk in front of UU Wellesley Hills. We believe that holding such a vigil will ignite important conversation about white supremacy and institutional racism within our community.

Hosted by our partner UU Wellesley Hills.