Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Members Contact: HRDEImembers@wayland.ma.us

Staff Contact: John Bugbee


WAYLAND HUMAN RIGHTS, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE

 

MAY 2022 STATEMENT

 

The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (HRDEIC) is proud to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islanders Month. We honor the contributions, achievements, and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) who have shaped the culture and history of the United States starting from the Polynesians who immigrated to Hawaii around 400 AD; to the Filipino Luzon Indios who landed in California in 1587, 33 years before the Pilgrims; and the East Asians who migrated to Hawaii in the 1930s to work as laborers. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have transformed many aspects of arts and culture; politics, public service and civil rights; business; infrastructure; military and national security; public health, and science and technology in the US. 

 

We recognize the discrimination and injustices perpetuated against the Asian community, ranging from the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad; to the creation of Japanese Internment Camps in World War II; the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other Acts; the many expulsions, attacks, and riots; and the continuation of discrimination and aggression against AAPI persons. From the start of the pandemic till December 2021, 10,905 hate incidents against AAPI persons were reported to Stop AAPI Hate. The AAPI community continues to face challenges with non-violence and courage.

 

This year, we are proud to work with local AAPI groups and the Wayland Free Public Library to offer two special presentations. On May 24th, the Committee of 100 will explore a study on the diverse contributions of Chinese Americans in the US, followed by a presentation on May 25th by Zhang Xi and her young art students on the children’s paintings published in her book, Chinese American Children Painting Chinese Laborer Ancestors. 

 

You may register for these events on the Wayland Library Events page. 

 

To learn more about AAPI Arts and Culture:

https://artsandculture.google.com/project/aapi-cultures

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Asian Pacific American Cultures — Google Arts & Culture

Explore stories and artworks across Asian Pacific American Cultures

artsandculture.google.com

https://asianpacificheritage.gov/

 

To learn more about the history of racism against AAPI:

https://exhibits.stanford.edu/riseup/feature/timeline-of-systemic-racism...

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HRDEI Committee, Ukraine| Russia Crisis Statement

The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine suffering human rights, humanitarian and displacement trauma as a result of the Russian invasion, who have lost family and friends, who have been injured or displaced, or who suffer in any other way as a result of this war.

 

We stand with the many nations and organizations across the world in condemning the Russian-led war and reported atrocities against civilians. We call upon the international community to uphold humanitarian and civil rights laws. We also support the people of Russia who oppose and have tried to prevent this unnecessary bloodshed.

 

We, in Wayland, can educate ourselves about the war and its global repercussions and we encourage residents to reach out to their Ukrainian and Russian neighbors in peace and friendly support.

 

For current information and ways to support international humanitarian assistance see: https://www.icrc.org/en/donate/ukraine

 

Women’s History Month 

 

The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (HRDEIC) is proud to celebrate Women’s History Month. We honor the women who have ascended to previously unimaginable levels of leadership in public life, including but not limited to CEOs, college presidents, executive directors, union leaders, religious leaders, school superintendents, members of Congress and other elected leaders, members of the Supreme Court and the Vice Presidency of the United States. At the same time, we recognize the countless women artists, scientists, educators, entrepreneurs and political figures who have been lost to history because they were locked out of higher education and the many fields that were open only to men. Today’s women leaders stand on the shoulders of women who have led social movements for equality and justice throughout American history, including the 19th century women’s rights activist, abolitionist and Native American rights activist, Lydia Maria Child of Wayland. While much progress has been made, the fight for equal rights for women is far from finished. We pay tribute to all the women - past, present and future – who fought and will continue to fight for the right of every woman to fulfill her full potential.

Women's History Month

The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (HRDEIC) celebrates February 2022 as Black History Month. We honor the generations of Black Americans who have enriched American life in science and medicine, literature and the arts, economics and finance, government, business and beyond. We honor Black Americans who have courageously advocated for equal rights, bringing the country closer to its foundational ideals of justice, equality and freedom for all. We honor Black Americans in military service who have fought wars for freedom around the world while experiencing barriers to their own freedom at home. We acknowledge that centuries of racial injustice, discrimination and violence against Black Americans persist to this day as an ongoing human rights crisis. This month, and every month, we are proud to honor Black lives and to reaffirm the HRDEIC’s commitment to uphold the rights of all people to enjoy the free and equal exercise of their human rights and privileges in Wayland

Black History Month


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HRDEIC Recognizes February 1st as Chinese New Year

This year, Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year) falls on February 1, 2022, marking the year of the Tiger. Chinese New Year is an important cultural holiday with 3000 years of history and 2 billion observers world-wide. The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee recognizes Chinese New Year and the significant contributions made to the United States by people of Chinese heritage. Indeed, there are many untold stories of how Chinese immigrants have contributed to the greatness of the American Dream. We pay tribute to the generations of Chinese-Americans who have enriched our history and are instrumental to the past, present and future of Wayland.


HRDEIC INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Today, as we begin, we would like to acknowledge the following Indigenous Peoples on whose traditional homelands we live, work and gather today: the Massachusett, the Nipmuc, the Wampanoag, and the Pawtucket; We acknowledge their ancestors, particularly Karto of the Massachusett tribe, who was steward of much of the land now encompassing Sudbury and Wayland when European settlers arrived to colonize this place in 1638. We seek to understand, acknowledge, and remember the painful, ongoing history of war, genocide, and forced removal of Indigenous peoples by European settlers. And we offer a living celebration of the Indigenous communities who are not just part of the past, but who continue to live and make new history here today. May we all commit to deepening our relationships with Indigenous communities and to being their allies in working for justice.


The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee acknowledges November as Native American Heritage Month   

November is Native American Heritage Month. It is a time to recognize the contributions and achievements of Native American and Indigenous people and to celebrate their rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifices, hardships and struggles faced by these communities throughout history and in the present day. The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee believes in universal human rights for all people, including Native American and Indigenous people, and we honor and recognize our nation’s Native American and Indigenous ancestors, communities and histories.   

Contact: Dovie King, HRDEI Committee Chair 

Email: dking@wayland.ma.us  


Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Acknowledges October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee acknowledges October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a time to recognize survivors and amplify their voices. Domestic violence is prevalent in our society and no town is immune from its reach, including ours. Although domestic violence is often thought of as physical abuse, it actually includes various forms of coercive control designed to secure and expand perpetrators’ privilege by depriving victims of their basic human rights and liberties and establishing a regime of domination. Domestic violence is therefore part of a much larger pattern of dominance that has devastating implications on individuals, families, institutions and communities as a whole.  

In order to shed light on the issue, the Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is proudly hosting a Zoom panel discussion entitled, “Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Issue.” The event, which will take place by remote means on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from 7PM-8:30PM, will feature local Wayland experts on the subject. Further details and registration information will follow.  Please check back later for more details.

Contact: Dovie King, HRDEI Committee Chair

Email: dking@wayland.ma.us 


Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Recognizes Indigenous People's Day 

The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (HRDEI) Committee recognizes Indigenous People's Day, observed the second Monday of October. The Wayland School Committee has recognized Indigenous People's Day as an official holiday for the Wayland Public Schools. We join the Wayland Public Schools in celebrating the diversity of our town, state and nation. 

Contact: Dovie King, HRDEI Committee Chair 

Email: dking@wayland.ma.us 


Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month 

The Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed nationally each year from September 15 to October 15. The day of September 15 is significant because it is Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate Independence Day on September 16 and September 18, respectively. The HRDEI Committee honors the histories, cultures, achievements and contributions of Latinx people in our town, state and country. We join Wayland in celebrating our community’s diversity. 

Contact: Dovie King, HRDEI Committe Chair

Email: dking@wayland.ma.us


On March 22, 2021 the Board of Selectmen voted to establish an advisory committee known as the Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.  Below is the Charge of the Committee:

Purpose. There shall hereby be established an advisory committee to the Board of Selectmen to be known as the Wayland Human Rights, Diversity, Equity[1], and Inclusion Committee, hereinafter referred to as the “Committee.” The purpose of creating the Committee is to affirm that the Town of Wayland is an inclusive community that has, as one of its core values, the freedom from discrimination, disrespect, bigotry, other forms of microaggressions, macroaggressions, hatred and oppression, and to reaffirm the Town’s commitment to upholding and defending the rights of all individuals to enjoy the free and equal exercise of their human and civil rights and privileges.

To that end, the Committee strives to ensure that all persons enjoy the equal opportunity to participate in local affairs, including but not limited to housing, employment, education, public accommodation, access to Town services, insurance, credit, banking and health care, regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, health status, marital or familial status, military or veteran status, socioeconomic status, and/or ex- offender status.

Composition. The Town Administrator or designee shall serve as an ex officio non-voting member of the Committee. The Committee shall consist of nine (9) voting members and may have up to an additional seven (7) non-voting members.  The non-voting membership of the Committee shall include two (2) youth members.  To the greatest extent possible, the members of the Committee shall be diverse and be drawn from underrepresented groups.  To that end, the Board of Selectmen shall strongly endeavor to ensure that its members represent: (1) historically marginalized communities, and (2) relevant experience in human rights/equity, community engagement, municipal government, and advocacy for individuals who are targets or mistreatment or discrimination.

Term. The voting members shall be appointed initially as follows, and thereafter for terms of three years: three (3) members until 30 June 2022; three (3) members until 30 June 2023, and three (3) members until 30 June 2024. Non-voting members shall be initially as follows, and thereafter for terms of three years: two (2) members until 30 June 2022; two (2) members until 30 June 2023, and three (3) members until 30 June 2024.  The members of the Committee shall serve without compensation.  Members may only serve two (2) consecutive terms.  Members are eligible to be re-appointed to the committee after one (1) year of break in service.

Duties. The Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Selectmen, and shall have the following charge and responsibilities:

  1. Create action plans for advancing the purpose and goals of the Committee, and periodically conduct equity assessments and audits in collaboration with appropriate Town officials and for resolving issues identified in any such assessment.
  2. Serve as a portal for residents or visitors to make a report about concerns, complaints or questions of discrimination or unequal treatment of individuals within the Town of Wayland, so that victims and witnesses can feel safe and town officials can investigate such reports, concerns, complaints or questions.  The Committee shall develop procedures for accepting and managing complaints, whether anonymous or named, and protecting the reputation of all parties involved as appropriate and legally required.  While the Committee may report and render recommendations on certain issues involving the Town, the Committee does not have the authority to formally investigate complaints, the power to subpoena witnesses or take sworn testimony, or the power to adjudicate or mediate the resolution of disputes between individuals or entities.
  3. Recommend resolutions or policies for adoption by the Board of Selectmen or the Town Administrator, or for the Board of Selectmen or Town Administrator to recommend for adoption by other departments, boards, and committees within the Town;
  4. Recommend programs and initiatives to promote diversity, inclusion, awareness and anti-discrimination in the Town;
  5. Promote an understanding of the diverse cultures within the Town and surrounding areas by working with governmental and non-governmental human rights organizations through education, organization of community events, conferences, public speaking programs, educational panels, celebrations and other community actions;
  6. Serve as a resource to the Board of Selectmen with respect to issues that challenge any individual or group’s enjoyment of their basic human rights in the Town;
  7. Collaborate with representatives from historically disadvantaged groups to better understand barriers to inclusion, diversity, and equity in the community, promote mutual understanding and respect for differences, develop strategies for ending inequities and eliminating these barriers;
  8. Annually, and more often as may be requested or as may be needed, provide a written report to the Board of Selectmen on the Committee’s activities, and hold a public forum to review and discuss the annual report.  The Committee may also prepare written or oral reports on racial, religious, ethnic, gender, disability, age, and civic initiatives or relationships, including on police relations, to cultivate and encourage an atmosphere of mutual understanding and harmonious intergroup relationships in the Town, at its own initiative or on the request of Town entities, businesses, or residents.
  9. Collaborate with other towns’ human rights committees to share resources, conduct joint meetings, and make joint recommendations as appropriate on issues concerning the communities in the region;
  10. Encourage citizen attendance at panels, meetings, conferences, celebrations or other educational or community events held by municipal or regional human rights committees, private or public corporations, organizations, high schools, or universities.

Procedures. The Committee shall annually select from amongst its members a chair, vice- chair, and clerk.  The clerk shall be responsible for the preparation of meeting minutes, agendas, and other administrative matters for the Committee, all of which shall be posted in accordance with the Open Meeting Law.

A majority of members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum, and a majority of those present and voting shall be sufficient for any action taken by the Committee, unless otherwise required by law. The Committee shall be subject to and governed by the requirements of the Open Meeting and Public Records Laws.

 

 

[1] Equity is defined as: the condition of fair and just inclusion into a society.  Equity will exist when those who have been most marginalized have equal access to opportunities, power, participation and resources, and all have avenues to safe, healthy, productive and fulfilling lives. (thanks to MAPC for definition).