Our Vision


Prejudice Free Duxbury is a movement begun by the Duxbury Rotary Club and concerned organizations and individuals who believe it’s time we end racism and all forms of prejudice in our town. Our vision for Duxbury is a community that is safe and welcoming to all, regardless of race, religion, income, ethnicity or gender orientation.

While we’re not here to point the finger at any group or to push a radical agenda, we believe strongly that prejudice has deep roots in every community in America, including Duxbury, and that ending prejudice and the fear and hate that accompany it will take concerted action by our schools, government, civic and religious groups, employers, and of course, every caring person in town. 

To achieve our goal, we invite those who share our vision to join us in planning and hosting programs that will get us listening to each other, thinking about our own biases, and working together to effect lasting change.


"If you see something that is not right, that is not fair, that is not just, you have a moral obligation to do something about it." Congressman John Lewis 1940-2020

LATEST NEWS


Slavery's Northern History and Its Legacy Today--- offered through the Duxbury Rural & Historic Society, March 21, 2021 5 - 7:30 PM

3/5/2021

Kyera Singleton, Director of the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Melrose will be speaking on the Royall House and Slave Quarters’ efforts to incorporate themes of social justice as part of their museum’s mission. Ms. Singleton will address the importance of telling about slavery in the context of “northern history” as well as the legacy of slavery on society today. Tickets for this event are by donation in any amount and are available to the public (Suggested donation: $10). Online tickets available at www.duxburyhistory.org/events.

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Town Wide Read of STAMPED:Racism, Antiracism, and You -----Feb. 25, 2021 @ 7PM via ZOOM

1/14/2021

To acknowledge Black History Month & inspire recognition every day, we will read STAMPED : A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram Kendi & Jason Reynolds The 2021 theme for Black History Month is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity” “This unapologetic telling of the history of racism in our nation is refreshingly simple and deeply profound. This is the history book I needed as a teen.” -Renee Watson, New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming Meeting ID: 848 2784 3660 Cosponsored by Prejudice Free Duxbury, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury Senior Center and the Duxbury Interfaith Council.

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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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Community Task Force

This group will be focused on community events and initiatives to improve the understanding of prejudice experienced by different communities in Duxbury.

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Partnership Task Force

This group will be asked to identify all community organizations with relevance to PFD’s mission, understand how their plans and programs intersect with ours, and recommend formal collaboration where we can support the work of other groups, or they can assist us.

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Systemic Change Task Force

This group's mission will be to explore areas where systemic bias is believed to exist in Duxbury and to make recommendations on long-term efforts to make a difference in reducing its impact, by setting priorities and creating definitive programs.

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Events


Past Events

Title Date Location
LISTEN. REFLECT. ACT. Part 2 25 Aug 2020 Online Event
Listen. Reflect. Act. End Racism. Start by Listening. 05 Aug 2020 Virtual via WEBEX

Featured Article


Joseph Soares

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Read the experience of racism as told by one Duxbury resident.

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The Impact


What Ending Prejudice Will Mean For Us All

Beyond the obvious moral reason—because it’s the right thing to do—ending prejudice will benefit everyone who lives and works in Duxbury.


  • First and foremost, those who’ve been targets of hate will no longer live in fear.
  • People who’ve faced discrimination will be free to live, work and play where they will.
  • Members of groups who felt unwelcome will move here, making this a more diverse and vibrant community.
  • The reputation of Duxbury will improve, increasing home values.
  • Employers will find more people willing to work here.
  • Our children will grow up without the burdens of hate and fear.
  • Less anger, suspicion and guilt will reduce stress and improve our health.
  • With less fear, we’ll all feel safer.
  • Freed from biases, we’ll find more common cause.
  • Solving this problem will inspire us to work together to solve other pressing problems.
  • We’ll be deeply proud of this town and what it stands for.

Programs


Deep Listening Sessions

When we listen to speakers, we can’t help but think about our own experiences, which means we usually don’t listen carefully; we’re really interpreting and personalizing what we hear. We're hosting a series of listening sessions, where people who have experienced racism and other form of prejudice will tell us their stories. We hope, through careful listening, to truly hear what they experienced, be moved by it, and begin the process of personal change.

Social Forum for Experiences

We're creating forums on Facebook and Instagram where you can post your testimonial -- your experiences either with prejudice, dealing with your own prejudice, or helping to effect change. We hope members of the Duxbury community will read these posts, add their own thoughts and share with friends.

Zero Incidents School Program

Our best hope for creating a prejudice-free community lies in educating our children to the importance of this issue. To that end, we're working with the Duxbury School Department to help develop and promote educational programs for students, teachers and parents that lead to zero-incidents of hate speech in our schools.

Inherent Bias Workshops

We all have built-in biases about people who are different from us—some positive, many negative. Most of us aren’t even aware of these, but they can drive behavior that may offend others, without us even knowing it. We will host workshops that help us see these biases, and by recognizing them, begin to change the way we speak with and interact with others.

We all start at different points.

A Map for Your Personal Journey