HUC VOTER ACCESS PROJECT One of the initiatives our Racial Diversity and Inclusion Committee has taken on is making sure voters, and particularly voters of color, have access to the polls this November. We have assembled a short list of different ways that you can get involved below. These are all nonpartisan efforts to increase voter access that do not endorse any candidate or political party. We will update you with further opportunities if we hear about them (keep an eye on our Facebook page too!) PHONE BANKING: Center for Common Ground: Reclaim our Vote Campaign (at home) Eligible voters of color are being purged from voter rolls at a much higher rate than white voters. People in minority communities were already struggling to reach the voting booth in voter-suppression states. In 2020 target states are North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Get started here. POLL WORKING: Power to the Polls (in person) America is facing a massive shortage of poll workers. Most poll workers are 61 or older, and many are concerned about the pandemic. Workers get PPE, training and get paid. Sign up to be a poll worker. In Massachusetts you can apply to be a poll worker in your own community or in any city or town in the Commonwealth. The Secretary of State’s website has a full list of localities that need poll workers and election officials' contact information is included there. Consider signing up in communities around us that may need more support: Quincy, Randolph, Brockton. POLL-MONITORING: Common Cause or ACLU (in person or at home) Nonpartisan Election Protection volunteers will be voters’ first line of defense against restrictive election laws, coronavirus-related voting disruptions, or anything else that could silence their voices. Common Cause will help you find the best way to get involved — whether that’s monitoring polling places (from your vehicle, or with proper personal [Read More ->]
Hingham Families of Color is an intercultural, interethnic community group that welcomes Hingham residents who are Black, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, Arab, and Native American, as well as families with children of color and biracial couples.
The Hingham Unity Council was formed to create a space for conversation, to unify our community, and to support Hingham residents and guests who have been marginalized and treated unjustly throughout history. In an essay that he wrote days before he passed away, John Lewis wrote: “When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war.”
The Hingham Unity Council was formed to encourage people to have meaningful, in-person discussions about our differences; to hear each other’s perspectives and experiences; to gain understanding; to promote empathy and support for all of our community members. The members of the HUC are distressed by the discourse on social media surrounding the Thin Blue Line flag displayed on Hingham fire trucks. We don’t believe this is what Hingham stands for. We believe Hingham stands with our Weymouth neighbors as they mark the anniversary of the death of Officer Chesna in a horrific killing as he upheld his duty to serve and protect. We believe Hingham stands with our Black community as they protest unjustified killings of Black men and woman and demand systemic reform. We believe Hingham stands with our police and first responders. We believe Hingham stands for the right to question public officials, existing policies and status quo. We believe Hingham stands for civility and empathy, even when we disagree. We believe Hingham can stand together to grieve and remember all of the men and women whose lives were taken too soon. We urge everyone in the Hingham community to push their capacity for empathy a bit further and consider entering into a deeper, interpersonal dialogue beyond the world of social media. Let’s listen more and post less. The Hingham Unity Council supports the current decision of our town officials to remove the Thin Blue Line flag from town property until there is a more complete understanding reached about the significance of its display and what it represents to all members of the Hingham community. In the upcoming months the HUC will continue to present opportunities for this type of dialogue and exchange and hope you will join us.
On July 9, 2020, Hingham Unity Council presented a live Zoom conversation with Dolly Chugh, author of "The Person You Mean to Be, How Good People Fight Bias." Below is the video of that event.
We asked our Steering Committee to express why they care and agreed to be part of this group, along with any particular thing they love about Hingham or the area.
Community reading and discussion of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Open to ages 13+. Book will be provided in honor of Dr. Holly Carter & Dr. Caitlin Slodden, leaders of Sacred Ground at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Full details and registration here.
Join us for a brief overview of the history of this holiday and why we celebrate it with Hingham High School history teacher Ben Loucheim. We’ll also include ways to celebrate and honor this day. This holiday recognizes the ending of slavery in the United States 155 years ago.
Please see details here.
If you are looking for another way to show support, we have been asked to let you know about this caravan on Sunday. Please click here for details!