What is Race Amity Day?
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the Sudbury Board of Selectmen have declared the second Sunday in June annually "Race Amity Day". Amity means "friendship", and Race Amity Day is a day to celebrate friendships - our own and those of historical figures - that bridge the racial divide. This is in keeping with the American credo "E Pluribus Unum", found on the Great Seal of the United States. "E Pluribus Unum" is Latin for "out of many, one".
Please join us!
This year's celebration will be held on Sunday, June 14, 2020. As you may have expected, we are unable to celebrate Sudbury Race Amity Day 2020 with the kind of gathering we have held in the past. Instead, we will extend amity to those in need during this difficult time by hosting a contactless food drive to benefit the Sudbury Food Pantry, then gather together via Zoom to watch the National Center for Race Amity's virtual celebration. Click here or on "Race Amity Day - June 2020" under the "Events" tab for more details.
How you can help
There is growing evidence of the disproportionate degree to which the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people of color and the most vulnerable among us. As a group that is promoting amity (friendship) across difference, we want to share a few opportunities to help those in our surrounding communities. Please let us know of others and we will share. Click here for a printable list. Click here for an image of the list that you can share via social media.
Open Table – Maynard and Concord
Open Table’s mission is to address hunger in our local community by providing healthy food in a welcoming environment while respecting the dignity of those served. Although community meals are currently suspended during this crisis, Open Table is implementing “drive-thru” pantry service. For ways to help, check the website: https://www.opentable.org.
The Pearl Street Cupboard & Café – Framingham
Marlborough Community Cupboard – Marlborough
WHEAT Community Connections – Clinton
These three food pantries run by the United Way of
Tri-County are all experiencing a sharp increase in the number of new clients registering for help and have pledged to remain open to meet the need. Many of the new clients are applying for assistance for the first time in their lives. Learn more by visiting https://www.uwotc.org/food.
Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network (MISN) - Canasta Solidaria (Solidarity Basket) – Framingham and Milton
MISN provides food and financial assistance to our immigrant neighbors who are unable to apply for unemployment. All donations go directly to our neighbors. For more information and ways to donate, click on this link: https://fundrazr.com/e1dlN3?ref=sh_3800Wc_ab_54Fdp3iRRmv54Fdp3iRRmv.
One Chelsea Fund – Chelsea
The One Chelsea Fund helps families and individuals who are severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund was established by Chelsea community leaders, in partnership with The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. For more information and ways to donate, check the website: https://unitedwaymassbay.org/covid-19/local-funds/chelsea/.
Gifts of Hope Unlimited – Sudbury
During the COVID-19 pandemic, incidents of domestic violence have been on the rise. Gifts of Hope Unlimited provides individuals and families escaping domestic violence with the furniture, food, and financial assistance that they need to begin new, safe lives. Learn more and support their mission at www.giftsofhopeunlimited.org.
RIA House – Framingham
RIA House continues to support exploited women during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their free, virtual support line is open and ready to listen without judgment. Learn more about their services and how you can help at www.riahouse.org.
Dignity Matters – Framingham
"Periods don't stop for pandemics... and neither does Dignity Matters." During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dignity Matters has continued to serve the 4,000 women per month they were serving prior to the pandemic, and they have provided 3 months of supplies for an additional 4,000 women/families. Dignity Matters is working with MEMA and local organizations across Massachusetts to ensure that women have access to the supplies that they need. Learn more about how you can help by visiting https://www.dignity-matters.org/covid19/.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – U.S.
As you may be aware, there has been an increased number of incidents involving Asian or Asian-American people as a result of COVID-19. Share your story and read the stories of others at https://www.standagainsthatred.org/stories then view the COVID-19 resources and learn how you can help at https://advancingjustice-aajc.org/covid19.
Hollaback! – Global
Hollaback! offers bystander intervention training to stop anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment. To see their offerings and sign up, visit https://www.ihollaback.org/bystanderintervention/?fbclid=IwAR0kWcE-gCsC1AgSkN9Ek3Pr_q46mY3uB8AS8c9zphz-dQO5-dTVbTNsr8o.
The National Center for Race Amity says,"the purpose of Race Amity Day is to recognize that the people of our nation are its greatest asset. Further the purpose is to recognize our nation is comprised of multicultural, multiethnic, multiracial citizens, and to encourage friendship, collegiality, civility, respect and kindness among them. Race Amity Day is a day to celebrate the commonly shared ideals of the collective citizenry of our nation by encouraging communities across the United States to reflect on the beauty and richness of the diverse peoples with a spirit of amity toward one another."