The Belmont Human Rights Commission strives to uphold the rights of everyone in Belmont, whether residents, students, employees or visitors.
Communities across the country are victims of acts of violence and hate. Belmont is not immune. Our goal is to foster a community of respect and support. With the stressors of contemporary life of political polarization, the effects of social media, and isolation due to the pandemic, it is essential for us to consider purposeful and open-minded dialogue in our community as a means. to build unity in our homes, schools and neighborhoods. The BHRC encourages us to reconnect with one another and compassionately witness to the humanity of our neighbors, classmates, colleagues and ourselves.
There are many ways to do this, from small things like depositing a card at a neighbor’s house to contributing time or money to local aid organizations like Belmont Helps. You can read on the topic of Compassionate Communication and Community by requesting books like “The Empathy Effect” by Helen Aries, MD at the Library or Belmont Books. There is also much to find encouraging on the website http://charterforcompassion.org. We invite you all to join us at the Belmont Pride Parade on June 12, or visit our website https://bit.ly/2RlIFX5 for even more ways to connect.
Belmont Commission on Human Rights Statement on Mikayla Miller
The Belmont Human Rights Commission expresses its condolences on the passing of Mikayla Miller, a 16-year-old black student who has been described by her mother as loving and full of joy.
She was considered a cherished member of the LGBTQ community with a bright future.
Mikayla Miller’s body was found on the morning of April 18 in Hopkinton. The death of a child is always tragic, but even more so when there is conflicting information about the cause of its disappearance. The deaths of those who belong to historically marginalized groups call on all of us to come together and support one another and continue our work for safe and supportive communities for all of our beautiful and interwoven diversity. We support Mikayla’s family to demand transparency from all agencies involved in the ongoing investigation.
Following conflicting information provided to the family regarding the circumstances of her death, Mikayla’s mother Calvina Strothers asks for donations to help uncover the truth about Mikayla’s cause of death. The family will undergo an independent autopsy to establish the cause of Mikayla’s death and establish a scholarship in her memory. If you would like to help the family when needed, please donate through Go Fund Me at https://bit.ly/3eJ6xNc.
The Belmont Human Rights Commission is dedicated to combating discrimination in all its forms and increasing visibility and awareness of issues relating to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please contact us at [email protected] or by phone at 617-993-2699 if you believe you have been discriminated against in Belmont.