VISION


                                                            

We're committed to ensuring that Duxbury is a safe and welcoming community, one that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.


We see a time coming where everyone, regardless of race, religion, class, ethnic origin, sexual preference, or gender identification, feels safe and welcome here.

                                           

     

MISSION


  We will be a change agent working to make this vision real. 


To that end, we will take on three complementary roles:

  • Educating ourselves and the public about the value of diversity, the unconscious bias that exists and the discrimination that results from it.     

  • Bringing people, organizations and government together to implement policies and programs that effect change.

  • Promoting successes to assure support grows and our actions achieve our vision.           

                                                




NEWS & EVENTS


Learn about the Cape Verde experience in Duxbury

4/1/2021

Thursday, April 8, 12 pm, Book and Collections Club Meeting: Chiquinho by Baltazar Lopes. A semi-autobiographical account of a young Cape Verdean immigrant’s life, Chiquinho provides insight into the experiences of many Cape Verdeans who moved to Duxbury in the early 1900s to work in agriculture (especially the cranberry bogs). We will share some related items from our collections.

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“13 Moons & 12,000 Years” Wampanoag Program with Plimoth-Patuxet (Plimoth Plantation)

4/1/2021

Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm, Wampanoag and indigenous educators discuss ways of life pre-European contact, how life changed after contact, and some aspects of Wampanoag tribal life today. While this event conflicts with our all-members Zoom meeting, if you register, the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society will send you a link so that you can watch a recording later. Tickets for this event are by donation in any amount and are available to the public (Suggested donation: $10). Pre-registration for this event is required.

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After news of anti-Semitism on Duxbury's football team, where does the town go from here?

4/2/2021

Duxbury for All Steering Committee member Karen Wong spoke on WGBH's show "Greater Boston", offering her own thoughtful and heartfelt reflection on what happened, and her hopes for what everyone in town--parents, students, teachers and coaches--can do to learn from and rectify the situation. Watch it on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxNaf8cNsts

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Race Amity Zoom Event, May 5, 2021

3/20/2021

Lecture and presentation at 7PM on May 5th by award-winning race relations producer, writer and documentarian William H. Smith, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Race Amity. Sign up online at www.duxburyfreelibrary.org or by phone at 781-934-2721.

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Visions Condemns Violence and discrimination against Asians in America

3/19/2021

Anti-Asian violence and discrimination has been on the rise throughout the pandemic; and we must all stand up and speak up against it. These incidents are antithetical to the values we continue to claim we hold as a country. Tuesday's senseless murders of eight individuals are only the most recent tragedy amongst too many. Stop AAPI Hate reports that there were 3,795 reported hate incidents in the last 12 months, which represents only a fraction of the actual number of hate incidents.

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Anti-Asian Hatred: Atlanta is just the latest.

3/18/2021

A Pew Research study dated 7/1/20 said 30% of Asians have been subject to jokes and racial slurs since the pandemic began. More than 25% of Asians fear someone may threaten or physically attack them. ***************************** BE AN ALLY********************************************************* Visit the Massachusetts Asian American Commission's Action Guide

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Select Board Unanimously Endorses Anti-Discrimination Resolution on Feb. 1, 2021

2/2/2021

At a meeting on February 1st, the Select Board unanimously endorsed a resolution proposed by Prejudice Free Duxbury, a joint initiative of the Duxbury Rotary Club and the Interfaith Council. Click the "Read More" link to see the full text.

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OUR NEWS ARCHIVES

3/5/2021

Here you'll find older "News" stories that have appeared on our website.

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Letter to Duxbury Select Board


 March 23, 2021


Dear Members of the Town of Duxbury Board of Selectmen:                        

When you issued a historic anti-discrimination Proclamation on February 1, you made public your resolve to make Duxbury a community that is safe and welcoming for all. The first test of that resolve is here now— sooner than any of us might have imagined.                         

We at Prejudice Free Duxbury were appalled to hear that our high school football team used blatantly anti- Semitic and other racist language in its play calls in a recent game. A lapse of judgment on the part of immature young men? We think not. The choice of words such as “Auschwitz”, “Gas Chamber”, “Hitler” and “Holocaust” can have one intent only—to hurt and offend. This behavior is symptomatic not only of bias, but the belief that belittling others is somehow acceptable behavior. The trivialization of genocide by coaches and players sets a precedent that has no place in building young men into future leaders.                        

If it were one instance it would be bad enough, but there are reports that these calls have been used for some time, which means that the coaches cannot have been ignorant of them. That some coaches—teachers in our school system—would let something like this pass is inexcusable. The head coach has issued an apology, but has taken no responsibility for condoning this behavior; the Superintendent and Principal are investigating the matter, and talking about team training. Is this enough?                         

You made a bold public statement, and we’re proud of you for doing so. We ask you now, what will you do to prove you meant it? Will those who allowed this to continue be called to task? Will you take substantive action to make sure it never happens again? Will you tell the people of Duxbury and the Commonwealth that Duxbury does stand by its anti-discrimination beliefs, and that we are truly committed to making our town safe and welcoming for all?                         

We at Prejudice Free Duxbury are here to help you—we’ll do everything we can to support your efforts to make this a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community.                         

Sincerely,                         

Prejudice Free Duxbury Steering Committee                                                                                                             

Rev. Dr. Catherine Cullen           Tara Downes

Karl Kunz                                      Laura Neprud 

Karen Wong                                 Elika Dadsetan-Foley 

Maarten Hemsley                       Fred L’Ecuyer

Bruce Rutter                                                                                             


Please note that Prejudice Free Duxbury is being renamed:          

Duxbury for All - Promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion                                                 

PROGRESS


Our role as change agent has already paid off. Working with the Town Select Board, we helped them draft the following pro-diversity, anti-discrimination statement:              

      

  • The Duxbury Board of Selectmen is committed to ensuring that our town is a safe and welcoming community that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • We unequivocally condemn discrimination in all its forms. 
  • As elected leaders, we recognize our responsibility to understand and address racial inequality and all other forms of discrimination in Duxbury.                              
  • Change starts at the local level, and better understanding and action in our own community can contribute to effective systemic change at the regional, state, and national levels. 
  • To that end, we will work to educate ourselves, town employees, and town residents on social and racial justice issues.
  • We will review our existing policies, practices, and procedures, and where necessary, we will enact changes to begin to build a stronger, more equitable community, including efforts to hire and retain a more diverse workforce.
  • We will work to ensure that Duxbury is a place where all individuals can live happily, free of fear, and with equal access to opportunities, regardless of race, religion, class, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity.                                   
  • Approved unanimously February 1, 2021
  • Select Board member Amy McNab was appointed by the Board to act as liaison to Prejudice Free Duxbury.               

                                                


Take Action


Programs and Events Task Force

Our goal is to get people thinking more about how to promote diversity and reduce bias, and to encourage them to take action, perhaps by joining one of our Task Forces. The Programs and Events Task Force will execute programs and events that promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It will work with other community groups to expand the reach of our events and programs. Upcoming events include town-wide reads and video nights, listening events, and exchanges with other communities.

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Partnership Task Force

Our task is to bring together players who can effect significant change in town around the issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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Communications Task Force

Our job is threefold: • keep our supporters engaged; • make the town aware of events we’re hosting; • help people educate themselves on the issues surrounding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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