Upstander Project

WE ARE on Indigenous land

The Upstander Project acknowledges the sacred land where we work, live, make films, teach, learn, and build community, which has been a site of human activity for 13,000 years. This land is the territory of the Massachusett and their neighbors the Wampanoag, and Nipmuc Peoples, who have stewarded this land for hundreds of generations.

Today, Boston is home to thousands of Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work here. (Land Acknowledgement)

Upstander Academy: Studying Genocide to Encourage Decolonization and Upstanding in Schools and Museums

  • Upstander Academy will be in Boston during August 2020.
  • Educators and museum professionals are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are due March 22.

Dawnland is a PBS documentary about the effects of child welfare practices on Indigenous communities.

Living Democracy

Next Sunday, March 1 at 12:45 at First Church in Belmont UU, 404 Concord Ave, Belmont,  in the Parish Hall:  Frances Moore Lappe and Adam Eichen speak on “Living Democracy.” They will talk about their book Daring Democracy, which “includes finding solutions to our current crisis.” Free and open to all. This is Frances Lappe of Diet for a Small Planet.

Black History Month Films

The Arlington Human Rights Commission is hosting a free film festival to celebrate Black History Month. The film will be Loving, and it will be screened at the Arlington Center for the Arts on Wednesday, February 12. The second, The Hate U Give, will be shown in the Community Room of the Robbins Library on February 19. The last film in the series will be Glory and will be shown at The Regent Theatre Arlington on Wednesday, February 26. All events are free and seating is limited at the ACA and Robbins Library.

The AHRC strives to ensure the fair and equal treatment for all people who live, work and pass through our community.

Support Safe Communities Act

Help protect our Immigrant and Refugee Neighbors – Support the Safe Communities Act at Hearing on Fri., Jan. 24 at the State House.

Please join Arlington Fights Racism , Arlington MA Diversity Task Group, and The Arlington Teosinte Sister City Project in supporting the Massachusetts Safe Communities Coalition to support The Safe Communities Act at the hearing at the Massachusetts State House.


  • 9 am, Rally on Massachusetts State House steps
  • 10 am, Hearing in the Gardner Auditorium

The Safe Communities Coalition is holding a media event at 9 am and then organizing shifts to keep the Gardner Auditorium packed all day. Anyone who wishes to testify may do so; the hearing will go on as long as it takes for all to speak. Even if you don’t testify, you can make an impact with your presence.

This will be the largest mobilization of the Human Rights and Social Justice community in Massachusetts to date in support of this vital legislation to protect the safety and security of the Immigrant, Refugee and Asylum-seeking community.

Get involved on January 24th:
1. Join other members of Arlington Fights Racism at these events. A group of us will leave together at 8:30AM from Alewife.
2. Rally with the Safe Communities Coalition at 9:00 am on the steps of the Massachusetts State House.
3. Attend the hearing for a two-hour shift. Sign up for your shift here.

If you can’t join us, submit a written testimony.

If you would like your testimony read by an Arlington Fights Racism member, please email us at

True Story Theatre 1/18

Event description:  Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 pm

We have a dream: what are our hopes and fears (for our community and for our country) in 2020?
In partnership with the Arlington Diversity Task Group.

Arlington Center for the Arts
20 Academy St, Arlington, 3rd fl
(Accessible entry on Maple St. Then take the elevator to 3rd floor)

Get discounted general admission tickets at
Tickets available at the door: $20-general, $30-Supporter, $5+ -pay-what-you-can