Today, the letter below is being sent by all of the SSUC partner organizations (which includes HUC) to their town leaders and community members. We wanted to share it with you as well.
Dear Residents and Leaders of Boston’s South Shore Communities,
We are writing to introduce ourselves to you as organizations that are deeply dedicated to the principle that every single person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect no matter who they are or where they come from. In 2019, we came together to form a coalition called the South Shore Unity Council. Through programming, events, and other community initiatives, we seek to bridge differences in experience and perspective in order to build a culture that respects and values the individuality and humanity of every individual.
We will not stand quietly by in the face of disrespect or mistreatment of our neighbors based on race, sexual orientation, gender, religious affiliation, disability or any other reason. We condemn recent acts of racism and anti-Semitism, actions targeting the LGBQTIA+ community, Muslims, and others, as well as the dissemination of white supremacist propaganda in our communities. We stand with our neighbors of diverse backgrounds and are committed to ensuring our diverse communities are welcoming and safe for all.
No town, no matter how filled with kind and well-meaning people it may be, is entirely free of bigotry. We can all strive to do better.
If you have not already, we strongly encourage you to reach out to work with us in your town. We also hope you will collaborate with leaders and groups in neighboring towns and discover how they are working with their particular South Shore Unity Council partners to foster a community where every citizen feels valued and supported.
The South Shore Unity Council:
Cohasset Diversity Committee
Cohasset Pride Project
Duxbury for All
Hanover Unity Council
Hingham Unity Council
Hingham Pride Project
Hull No Place for Hate Committee
Scituate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee (SDEIC)
Scituate Together for Representation, Inclusion,
Diversity, and Equity (STRIDE)
Trans/Parent Support Group of the South Shore
Weymouth for Inclusion Solidarity and Equity (WISE)