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Human Rights Committee

Response to Graffiti found at Oliver Ames High School

October 26, 2021

Along with our community, the Town of Easton’s Human Rights Committee (HRC) is dismayed and saddened to hear that a swastika and related phrases were found scrawled across a printed poster in a bathroom at Oliver Ames High School. We have been in communication with administrators at OA, and while an investigation is underway, we are in parallel working to support Oliver Ames in a few ways.

Incidents like this challenge our mission of building a stronger, more unified Town—free from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and disrespect. In reaction to this event, our most recent collaborative artwork (from a community event earlier this month) will soon be moved to OA and displayed in a central area of the school, where both students and staff can participate by taking photos and sharing the message on social media around the importance of diversity and inclusion.

Additionally, we encourage everyone to learn more about the symbolism behind the swastika at informed and historically accurate websites such as this one from ADL, a leading anti-hate organization. Please stay tuned for more HRC programming in the coming months, to include listening sessions and training sessions on related human rights topics.

To learn more about the HRC or upcoming events, please visit our website at humanrights@easton.ma.us.


About The Committee

Easton's Human Rights Committee is a group of Easton residents dedicated to building a stronger, more unified Town—free from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and disrespect. Current membership includes nine (9) at-large citizens, one (1) Board of Selectmen member, one (1) School Committee member, and one (1) Civil Rights Officer. Our meetings usually take place on the second Thursday of each month and are open to the public. 

 

 

Our Mission

  • To promote Easton’s vision of a community that has as its core values freedom from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, and disrespect.
  • To build a stronger, more unified Town that respects and recognizes both our diversity and our commonalities.
  • To work with community groups and agencies to educate and to promote understanding to eliminate prejudice and intolerance.
  • To confront statements and actions that conflict with the core values expressed above.

Read a full copy of the Human Rights Committee’s charge, adopted by the Selectmen on March 23, 2009 and amended on February 26, 2018.

View the latest Human Rights Committee flyer.

Download the 2021-2022 Easton Guide to Holiday Observance.


How to Donate

To donate to the Committee, please make checks payable to “Town of Easton” accompanied by a memo that describes where and how you’d like the gift to be spent. If you’d like your gift to remain anonymous, please say so in your memo.

Example: This gift is intended for "Hate Has No Home Here" signs. This gift should remain anonymous.

Checks can be mailed or delivered to Town Hall, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA 02356. All donations and requests must be accepted by the Board of Selectmen.

To determine whether or not your donation is tax deductible, please contact a tax professional.


Current Members

Name Membership Term Expiration
Ilisabeth Bornstein Member 06/30/2023
Karen Chan Chair 06/30/2023
Irene Deane Member 06/30/2023
Alison Urciuoli Vice Chair 06/30/2022
Craig Barger Select Board Representative 06/30/2022
Amy Gershman Member 06/30/2022
Kristin Hay Member 06/30/2024
Beth Devonshire Member 06/30/2024
Michelle Durrance School Committee Representative 06/30/2022
Katherine Foster Member 06/30/2022
Sergio Ramoa Member 06/30/2024

 

 

 


The Human Rights Committee welcomes questions and comments. Please email us at humanrights@easton.ma.us.