Civic Gathering No.3 – Building Momentum in Service of a Caring and Inclusive Community

WMCN Civic Gathering No.3

The Winchester Multicultural Network, the Board of Selectmen, and the School Committee invite you to the town’s third Civic Gathering, scheduled for Thursday, May 18, from 7 – 9 pm at the Sanborn House (15 High Street, Winchester).

This year has seen a very encouraging groundswell of civic dialogue and engagement to ensure equity and inclusion and bolster community development in Winchester as a whole.

Small groups of people who live and/or work in our town are addressing concerns about intolerance, inequity, and divisiveness through various initiatives, promoting: active bystander/upstander training; intergenerational dialogues; civic education; awareness of Winchester’s Human Rights Statement and core values; collaboration between town organizations; diversity among staff and multicultural professional development in our schools; a community culture that is welcoming; dialogues across political differences; and interfaith collaborations to support refugees.

On May 18th, come learn about these and other efforts where community members will share information about the activities and plans of the various working groups, with the goal of maximizing impact through increased awareness and collaboration.

All are welcome to join us for this important opportunity to become informed and connected to these efforts to strengthen our community.

American Denial Movie Showing at Next Door

American Denial

Come and see this fascinating film that questions whether racism is still a part of everyday American life. Stay for a Q&A with the film’s director/producer Llewellyn Smith and producer Kelly Thomson.

The Winchester Multicultural Network is once again participating in the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism campaign, joining more than 100 other Greater Boston organizations in an effort to raise awareness and facilitate action toward achieving racial equity.

The official campaign week takes place Monday, April 24 through Sunday, April 30 but the Network’s event, a screening of the film American Denial, is scheduled for Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Next Door Theater, 40 Cross Street, Winchester.

American Denial asks the questions: “Do you think racism is an inherent part of the fabric of America? Are all Americans, regardless of race, complicit in the perpetuation of racial biases in our country?” The film looks back on Swedish filmmaker Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 landmark study An American Dilemna and asks “How much has changed in race relations since Myrdal conducted his study, and what hasn’t changed much at all?”

Two of the film’s director and producers Llewellyn Smith and Kelly Thomson will attend the Winchester screening of American Denial and participate in a moderated Q & A afterwards. The Network’s Executive Director Aba Taylor says “These filmmakers are the same people behind award-winning documentaries like “Race the Power of An Illusion” and “Unnatural Causes” and we are so privileged to have them join us for this screening, as they are not only people who are blazing trails in the world of documentaries, but are so dedicated to using their platform to bring much needed awareness to pressing social issues of our time.