In collaboration with the Network, State Representative Michael Day hosted a panel on “Combating the Rise of Intolerance” on October 10, 2017 at 7 pm in the Winchester Town Hall Auditorium at 71 Mount Vernon Street. Network Executive Director Aba Taylor was joined by the Anti-Defamation League’s Regional Director, Robert Trestan, and the Muslim Justice League’s President and Director, Stephanie Marzouk. The event was well-attended.
The panelists focused on three themes: dialoguing on a local level to build bridges, educating children on the importance of accepting all cultures, and getting out of our comfort zones to meet people from other cultures and learn about their experiences. The panelists touched on the harm caused by social media in the rising levels of intolerance but also its benefits in combating intolerance. Taylor stated that, though we need to work at the school level to teach children acceptance, adults have to do the work of addressing their own intolerance, in order to set a positive example for children.
Representative Day emphasized the Network’s positive work in the community and encouraged audience members to get more involved with the Network.
Read Winchester Star “Wicked Local” article: October 16, 2017
Winchester residents urged to build cross-cultural bridges at forum.