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BAR Events

Bystander Intervention Workshop:
What You Can Do When Witnessing Harassment
  • Saturday, March 18th, 2-4:30 pm
  • Beech Street Center, 266 Beech Street, Belmont, MA

What do you do when you witness someone mistreated (at work, school, on a bus)? In this non-political, non partisan workshop:

  • Explore or share incidents, feelings, actions, and thoughts on being an ally.
  • Work with the experienced an experienced theater group to role-play intervention scenarios.
  • Gain a broader perspective on the pivotal role of a bystander to shift a situation.
  • Explore ideas as a group about effective ways to intervene

Sponsored by: The Stand Up Campaign, The Belmont Council on Aging and True Story Theater:

The program is suitable for participants High School ages and older.

Registration is strongly recommended

If you would like to help out with this event, please email Donna Ruvolo at

What occurs in Massachusetts prisons while no one is watching?
  • Thursday, April 6th, 7:30 pm
  • Library — First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, 404 Concord Avenue, Belmont

Massachusetts has a laudably low per 100,000 incarceration rate. However, what occurs and does not occur fuels a high repeat crime rate, and keeps former prisoners in poverty.

Leslie Walker, Executive Director of Prisoners' Legal Services, will discuss proposed solutions and recommendations for our community, and our criminal justice system.

Co-sponsored by Belmont Against Racism

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural, and Racial Separations
  • Parish Hall — First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, Belmont
  • Sunday, March 26th
  • Potluck Dinner — 6pm, Upper Hall
  • Conversations — 7pm, Parish Hall

You are all invited to share food, friendship and fun as we come together for a potluck dinner followed by conversations with our special guests from New Beginnings.

Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert AND a beverage to share.

Please RSVP to and let us know what you can contribute.

Also, please let us know if you can help with dinner set up or clean up.

Looking forward to having many of you join us.

Criminal Justice Reform with Will Brownsberger
  • Thursday, April 13th, 7:30 pm
  • Parish Hall — First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, Belmont

Our state senator, Will Brownsberger and other local politicians are working for Criminal Justice Reform, which recently has been described as an area ripe for progress. Will will update us on mass incarceration, restorative justice, the overuse of solitary confinement and other issues being worked on by the Judiciary Committee, and how we can be supportive of legislative efforts to effect change. Co-sponsored by SAC.

Meeting dates for the upcoming year
  • Thursday, May 11th, 2017, 7:30 pm
    Flett Room, Belmont Public Library

Yes, I want to support the METCO Support Fund.

Please make your check out to Belmont Against Racism (BAR), write "METCO Fund" on the byline, and send your donation to:

  • BAR
  • P.O. Box 649
  • Belmont, MA 02478

How We Work

BAR works with various segments of our community - government, schools, churches and businesses to:

  • Raise awareness about prejudice in our community through education, distribution of information and resource materials, contribution to local media, and participation in public dialogue
  • Fund diversity training in the schools and community
  • Respond to racial incidents which have occurred in Belmont
  • Establish formal connections with the institutions of Belmont government and public schools to develop programs or plans for addressing the problem of racism and other forms of discrimination
  • Sponsor events with special presentations and speakers focused on topics addressing discrimination
  • Sponsor social events to bring diverse people together in celebration of the arts or as informal gatherings

Our History

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.

Our Purpose

To promote dialogue, awareness, and understanding about prejudice and to celebrate diversity in Belmont.

Why Join?

BAR work affects our community:

  • We raise awareness and open discussion
  • Our work produces results and makes a difference for everyone in town!
  • Fulfill your own commitment to making a difference and participate in community building

Make a Difference

  • Consider attending one of our quarterly meetings and see if BAR is something you would like to become a part.
  • If you like to contribute your expertise, funds, time or other resources please contact us
We are confident that you will make a positive step for Belmont in justice, equality and community relations!

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. BGSAC is devoted to addressing issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community in Belmont.


  • To lead Belmont in becoming a community that welcomes and values its LGBTQ community members
  • To advocate for the safety and equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the schools and community at large
  • To actively serve as a resource and source of support to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community members, in particular, as card as to the larger Belmont community

Town of Belmont

Government Organizations For Equality And Social Justice

Non-Profit Organizations For Equality, Social Justice, Fair Housing

Museums/Black History Trail

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transgender Equal Rights

Form for METCO support fund requests Form for general funding requests