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 [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 [Read More ->]
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.
The Hingham Unity Council is pleased to present a "fireside book chat" with author Dolly Chugh, whose book, The Person You Mean to Be, is the smart, "semi-bold" person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in.
A peaceful vigil to stand in support of Black lives sponsored by the Hingham Unity Council. -An 8 minute and 46 second silence will be observed starting at 6:51 pm in memory of George Floyd and all Black lives lost to systemic racial injustice in our country. Church bells will be rung to mark the start and finish of this silence, after which the vigil will be concluded and we ask that you disperse. -Volunteers will be enforcing social distancing. Please wear a mask AND stay six feet apart from non-household members. We ask that you be respectful of our volunteers who are there to help keep everyone safe. You may not feel vulnerable to this disease but others in our community do and we want to respect that and keep everyone safe. -Parking will be available on Main St, Water St. or behind Old Ship Parish House and in the Station Street parking lot but not at St John’s so that we may maximize use of that property for social distancing. -We have invited the Hingham Police to this event. The Police Chief supports the need for change and the rights of people to peacefully gather and voice that [Read More ->]