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FORJ

FORJ

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ)

If you’re not sure how to talk to your kids about racism, we can help.  FORJ Families generate understanding and curiosity about differences in our society, and work together towards racial equity.

FORJ is a coalition of families in and around Newton, MA who believe change starts at home and in our own communities.

WE LEARN

We are a learning community educating ourselves, our children, our schools, and our communities about race, racism, culture, and identity.

WE CONNECT

We strive to achieve safe and welcoming environments that enhance the well-being of all people. We promote healing and connection between individuals and communities.

WE SUPPORT

We speak out against injustice, support our kids to be upstanders, and take action to address bias and inequity.

How We Challenge Ourselves to Improve Our Society

From lectures on race and diversity, to discussion groups, community events, Dynamic Diversity trainings and more, we follow the lead from our communities and help families like ours foster inclusion in our city and schools.

Upcoming Events:

Next Mason-Rice FORJ meeting!
When: Wednesday, May 2nd
Time: 7:30-9pm
Where: Parent Home (please contact any of the members below for details)
A gathering of parents in the Mason-Rice Community to discuss progress and updates taken place over the last few months. New members are always welcome!

Save the date for the this FORJ sponsored event!
When: Tuesday, May 8th
Time: 7:30-9pm
Where: Angier Elementary
A diverse panel discussion of Muslim parents, educators and members of our community. They will share their experiences. You are invited to bring any questions you have, learn about their religion from their lenses, and continue your own empowering journey of dispelling myths, gaining understanding and helping forge paths for inclusion in our great community.

More to come about our June events, especially our upcoming METCO picnic.

Resources:

We all benefit from the METCO program, which recently celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.  To commemorate this event, Chronicle on WCVB presented a special episode recounting the history and current aspects of the program.  See below for links, including the third one down that features Betsy Komjathy and her family.  

Links to Chronicle’s four METCO segments (each about 4-6 minutes):

Wayland, focuses on students’ work-life balance: 
http://www.wcvb.com/article/chronicle-metco-at-50-seg-1/8604676

Historical context, including some basic discussion of policy-level pros & cons: 
http://www.wcvb.com/article/metco-parents-fight-for-education/8604700

Wellesley, focusing on two-way relationship-building (“A Home Away From Home”): 
http://www.wcvb.com/article/metco-a-home-away-from-home/8604715

Tito Jackson’s METCO story (filmed before announcement of mayoral candidacy): 
http://www.wcvb.com/article/from-the-metco-program-to-boston-city-councilor/8604747

Websites, Articles, Documents & Podcasts [Google Document]
FORJ Online Resources

Book-list [Google Document]
FORJ Resources for Families

Open discussion on intersectional diversity & inclusion for children ages 0-7 at story time. [Facebook Group]
Books for Littles

More Information & Getting Involved:

Visit forjnewton.com for more information city-wide.

To find our more about Mason-Rice’s FORJ team, contact any of the following members:
Emily Frank – mlefrank@gmail.com
Susan Keefe – susankeefe@me.com
Io Cyrus – icyrus@hotmail.com
Erica Rai – ericarai22@gmail.com

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