Thank you to everyone who has recently inquired about ordering signs! It is heartening to continue to receive such a positive response to this campaign and its message of inclusivity and welcome. We sold out of our most recent sign order in late August, and we’re taking this moment to look into possibilities for ordering and distributing the signs going forward. (It’s been a very small group of volunteers delivering signs to hundreds of homes and businesses, which has been a wonderful experience for all involved, but we’re looking at whether a more sustainable sign distribution option might be possible this fall.) As soon as we know whether and how we’ll be able to order and distribute more signs, we will post here as well as on our Facebook page. Thanks for your support and please feel free to contact us if you have questions or suggestions.
About the Winchester HHNHH Campaign
Thanks to civic meetings organized by WMCN this past winter, a group of townspeople from Winchester joined a national campaign called “Hate Has No Home Here”. The committee came together as a result of a meeting organized by the Network on February 2nd, 2017 entitled “Strengthening Winchester”. Some groups focused on rights for people with disabilities; engaging with Winchester’s Muslim residents; creating intergenerational groups; and other issues. One group was interested in coming up with public ways of highlighting our town’s commitment to human rights as embodied by Winchester’s Human Rights Statement. The national campaign for “Hate Has No Home Here”, which was started by two elementary school students in Chicago, is intended to remind passersby that we stand united with neighbors and business owners who espouse similar, inclusive values. The effort was entirely non-partisan and continues to spread rapidly throughout the country. Lexington, Arlington, Watertown, Reading, and many other neighboring towns have also participated. Winchester’s two-sided signs contain the message “Hate Has No Home Here” in languages reflecting the most prevalent ethnicities and cultures in our town. Residents were able to purchase signs through the Winchester Multicultural Network’s homepage. The suggested $5 donation for each yard sign was used to cover production costs.
In May, 2017, all of the groups originally created at the February meeting reconvened to talk about their progress. We were delighted to report about the success of the campaign and the conversations it helped spark throughout town. In the fall, we are looking to extend the campaign in new directions and further engage with the people of Winchester around issues of diversity, acceptance, and respectful, honest dialogue.