Refugee Assistance Training

Date: June 23, 7-8:30pm

Location: First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist, 404 Concord Avenue

Belmont Religious Council sponsors an evening of training for those who want to participatein helping resettle refugee families.

This will be a 90-minute training that will provide the following:

  • Introduction to the International Institute of New England
  • Frontline orientation to refugee resettlement
  • Cultural and demographic information on newly-arrived refugee populations
  • Guidance on how to volunteer effectively to support newcomers
  • Opportunity to identify specific partner engagement activities that fit your interest and capacity

After this evening, we will begin to prepare - as a consortium of faith and community groups - to assist refugee families beginning in July. Consequently, the training is a very important part of helping us prepare for our resettlement effort. For more information, contact Sam James at srjames@srjames.com

Muslims in America: Hearing Their Story

For those of you who were unable to attend the remarkable panel discussion on Muslims in America: Hearing Their Story, we encourage you to view it on Belmont Media.

Sunday, June 26 at 4pm: Potluck

84 Long Avenue, Belmont

To honor outgoing Board members, Jonathan Jacoby, June Roberts, and Shauna Townsend. RSVP to Kathryn at kmbonfiglio@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 29 at 7pm: Integration Nation: Local and National Stories on Immigration (flyer)

Assembly Room of the Belmont Public Library

Dr. Susan Eaton, Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University, will talk about her book Integration Nation: Immigrants, Refugees, and America at its Best. Lindsey Rinder, Belmont's director of the English and English Language Learning, will speak about the many different languages and countries represented in the Belmont Public Schools and how the schools are supporting students who have immigrated to Belmont.

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.

How We Work

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

We hold quarterly meetings, on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at the Belmont Public Library.

Our Purpose

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

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.

How We Work

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

We hold quarterly meetings, on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm at the Belmont Public Library.

Questions, concerns or suggestions? Please email us — we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Mailing Address:

Email Address: belmontagainstracism@gmail.com

Why Join?

BAR work affects our community:

Make a Difference:

We are confident that you will make a positive step for Belmont in justice, equality and community relations!

Concerns about the safety and well-being of our gay and lesbian students led to the establishment of the Gay Straight Alliance Committee. We are devoted to issues faced by gays and lesbians in the Belmont community. Students, teachers, parents, BAR and community members and activists attend our meetings.Since we felt that BAR had already forged the beginning of a dialogue on racial and discrimination issues in the community, the group decided to maintain an association with BAR and became Belmont Against Racism's Gay Straight Alliance Committee (BGSAC). Meetings are open to all interested individuals.

Mission

2015-2016 Meeting Schedule for Belmont Against Racism

Meetings are held quarterly at 7:30pm in the Staff Room of the Belmont Public Library (unless otherwise noted). All meetings open to the public.

BAR Meetings:

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