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Coalition Against Bias & Hate

The City Manager's Community Coalition Against Bias and Hate Crimes convened a seven week series of dialogues to address race relations from May 18th to July 13th, 2015. Between 140-280 people attended each session. The following report is intended to inform the community of ongoing work in the areas of diversity and inclusion and to encourage continued conversations and efforts city wide.

The City Manager's Community Coalition Against Bias and Hate, formed in 2000, is a partnership of concerned individuals, including representatives from the City of Worcester Office on Human Rights, the City of Worcester Humans Rights Commission, the Worcester Police Department, the Worcester Public Schools, other city officials and representatives from city and state agencies, institutions of higher learning and community and faith-based groups, committed to fostering a community of justice, where acts of prejudice and hate will not be tolerated.

We Believe:

"Each and every member of our nation has the right to live the American dream. No one should feel uncomfortable or threatened anywhere because of his/her religion, sexual orientation, ability status, gender, age, color, ethnicity or nationality. The face of our society is changing every day and with it, so must our perception of one another. We must learn to live with respect for one another's differences."
(adapted from the Anti-Defamation League)

Coalition Goals:

  1. To advocate and support those who have been impacted by acts of bias or hate.
  2. To educate the entire community about the negative influence of bias or hate.
  3. To facilitate the reporting of acts of hate and to ensure strong community response.
  4. To build coalitions of trust, respect and understanding in the City of Worcester.

The Coalition Has Two Primary Areas of Engagement:

  1. Community education with a focus on youth and;
  2. Community response to incidents of bias and hate.

Membership:

Ace Medical/Health Services, Affiliated Tribes of New England Indians, Aids Project Worcester, Arc of Opportunity, Ascentria Care Alliance, Belmont AME Zion Church, Black Clergy Alliance, Center for Nonviolent Solutions, Central Mass Jewish Federation, City of Worcester (City Manager’s Office, Division of Public Health, Human Resources, Human Rights Commission, Office of Human Rights and Disabilities, Youth Opportunities Office), College of the Holy Cross, Community Legal Aid, Congressman McGovern’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Easter Seals, Family Health Center/WIC , Greater Worcester Community Foundation, LGBTQ Asylum Taskforce, MA Attorney General's Office, MA Department of Public Health, Multicultural Wellness Center, NAACP, Quinsigamond Community College, Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central MA, Storms & Associates Consulting, Throne of Grace Ministries, US Department of Justice, United Way of Central MA, Worcester Islamic Center, Worcester Police Department, Worcester Public Schools, Worcester World Affairs Council, YWCA of Central MA

The Coalition meets bimonthly. For more information or to get involved, contact the Director of Human Rights at humanrights@worcesterma.gov or (508) 799-8486.

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