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Agassiz Baldwin Affirms Diversity and Inclusion

Submitted by on August 17, 2017 – 5:32 pmNo Comment

In light of recent events in Charlottesville, NC and this weekend’s planned response in Boston, we at Agassiz Baldwin Community and Maud Morgan Arts reaffirm our dedication to welcoming and including everyone. We believe that diversity is strength and we value the unique perspectives and contributions that people of all backgrounds, ages, and life experiences bring to our staff, our program communities, our neighborhood, and our city.

As declared in our mission, ABC is a place that nurtures individual growth and creativity, builds connections, and serves as a forum for community advocacy. We believe in: welcoming and including everyone, lifelong learning, and fostering a culture of creativity and cooperation.

For those of you who plan to march in Boston on Saturday, we applaud your commitment and remind you to stay safe! Below are listed some resources that we hope can be of use.

Fight Supremacy! Boston Counter-Protest & Resistance Rally
Saturday’s rally and march will begin at 10:00 AM, leaving from the Reggie Lewis Center, 1350 Tremont Street, (Ruggles T-stop) and proceeding to the Boston Common (approx. 1.9 miles).

Organizers are asking for a peaceful demonstration.  See the following link for more information on the event:
http://bit.ly/bos-counter-protest

Preparing to Protest and Things to Consider

Colorlines Guide
http://bit.ly/colorlines-protest-guide

Amnesty International Guide
http://bit.ly/amnesty-protest-safety

Additional Considerations
Prepared by Micah Eglinton-Woods, Dir. Marketing at Agassiz Baldwin

These suggestions are in addition to the information above and intended to supplement but NOT replace advice from experienced organizers.

  1. Self care first. Only attend a potentially violent protest if you can remain calm. If you’re having a high anxiety day, it might be better to stay home.
  2. Split your money/cards/ID’s up into several locations on your body.
  3. Carry enough cash in small bills to pay for yourself and a few others to take public transit if you need it.
  4. Know the locations of a few public transportation stations that are further away, but still within walking distance of the protest location. It can be really hard to get on a train right in the middle of a protest. Charles MGH and North Station are good ones for Boston Common. Don’t rely on your GPS. It can be overwhelmed by requests from a large crowd of protesters and may not work when you need it.
  5. Carry change for pay phones. In high density protests, cell networks are overburdened and may not work for hours.
  6. If it’s cool enough to wear layers, wear a small bag with your important info/cash UNDER your clothes.
  7. Bring high energy snacks for at least two people in addition to yourself. Protesting uses up a lot of energy, and not everyone preps enough. I’ve handed snacks to folks who are fainting from low blood sugar before.
  8. White folks are less likely to get arrested, and may not be treated as harshly as folks of color. If you are comfortable with it, put your body between cops and people of color.

Local Governments Respond to Charlottesville
Cambridge: http://bit.ly/cambma-charlottesville-rally
Boston: http://bit.ly/boston-charlottesville-rally
Somerville: http://bit.ly/somerville-charlottesville-vigil

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