Families Organizing for Racial Justice in Newton

Dear Underwood Community,

A small but growing number of Underwood parents has been attending FORJ Newton (Families Organizing for Racial Justice in Newton) meetings since September. We would love to see more people there! FORJ is a coalition of families in and around Newton, MA who believe change starts at home and in our own communities. We are a learning community educating ourselves, our children, our schools, and our communities about race, racism, culture, and identity. We strive to achieve safe and welcoming environments that enhance the well-being of all people. We promote healing and connection between individuals and communities. We speak out against injustice, support our kids to be upstanders, and take action to address bias and inequity. From lectures on race and diversity, to discussion groups, community events, Dynamic Diversity trainings and more, we follow the lead from our communities and help families like ours foster inclusion in our city and schools.

To learn about FORJ and how to educate yourself about racial justice and inclusion, please check out the new resources that have been added to our FORJ Online Resources page: https://forjnewton.com/resources/

Check out our Facebook page for information about events and opportunities:
https://www.facebook.com/FORJNewton/

Upcoming events:

  1. COME JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL FORJ MEETING THAT INCLUDES KIDS!
    Date:
    Tuesday, March 27th
    Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
    Place: Angier Elementary (near Waban T)
    What to bring: $4/person (cash or Venmo) for pizza dinner if you want to join us. Feel free to bring your own dinner if you don’t care for pizza.
    Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/3hOIZ0ww1dQNOK3D3

    This evening will be a great opportunity for families to get to know each other, and for us to learn from our children and teens new ideas for how to work for racial justice and build strong communities in our schools.

    We will have several stations set up for small groups to rotate through to learn about ideas for FORJ events. Here are the stations we are planning:

    1. How to create Kaleidoscope Bags
    2. “Zootopia” Movie and Discussion –A "How to" discussion Guide
    3. Boston-Newton Connections
    4. "Dynamic Diversity Night" - sample programs
    5. How to make sure everyone feels included/How to build in ways to receive feedback in your group
    6. We welcome your new ideas, too!

    Please RSVP for this event. We need to know you are coming so that we can order the right amount of pizza: https://goo.gl/forms/3hOIZ0ww1dQNOK3D3

  2. Save the date for the April FORJ meeting:
    MEET THE NEW CEO OF METCO AND HEAR FROM PARENTS IN THE METCO PROGRAM!
    Date: Tuesday, April 24th
    Time: 7:30-9:00 PM
    Place: Angier Elementary (near Waban T)

    Come hear from METCO CEO, Milagros (Milly) Arbaje-Thomas, as well as parents, alumnae and students who have participated in the METCO program. Join us for discussion about the benefits of being METCO schools.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon!

Best regards,
Underwood FORJ families, including:
Erika Holmberg
Elisa Rodriguez
Cristina Schulze