Concord-Carlisle Human Rights
Molly Carocci, Co-chair
Polly Attwood, Co-chair
Kristin Allison, Secretary
Steve Zippin, Treasurer
Liz Clayton, Newsletter Editor
Lorell Gifford, Webmaster
Members at Large
Donna Balmuth
Norman Beecher
Wendy Davis
Diana Hughes
Laura Kangas
Maria Madison
Sue Ryan
Bridget Saltonstall
Organizational Representatives
Steve Bloomfield, Sister City Committee
Court Booth, Adult Education
Kim Bovell,
Jeff Desjarlais, Independent Schools
Gary Monserud, Minuteman
he Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council was
established in 1978, and bases its work on the
premise that the climate of the community is the re

sponsibility of the community. In pursuit of the goal of
strengthening the ideals of dignity, justice and dignity
to all, the Council commits itself to being a resource
for residents and visitors to the towns of Concord and
Carlisle. Its actions and initiatives are local, though we
take note of national and international issues that will
affect our community.
The Council published two newsletters in 2008 – spring
and fall. They can be viewed on the website – cchu – and were mailed to our membership
of about 650 households.
On Thursday, January 17, the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebration was held at the Thoreau School. The Cel

ebration consisted of songs from the Willard School
Fifth Grade Chorus, with their Director, Charlyn Bethel,
and songs fro the Boston Children’s Choirs, with their
Director, Michelle Adams, and organizer Mike Mavillia.
There were about 230 people in attendance.
On Sunday, May 4, the Council coordinated the 28th
Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance at the request
of the Concord Board of Selectmen. The Selectmen
issued a Proclamation of the week of April 27-May 4
as the official Week of Remembrance for the Victims
of the Holocaust. Mr. Hyme Hipsman, survivor from
Poland, was the speaker for the evening, and Rosalie
Gerut, Cantor at Kerem Shalom, provided her wonder

ful music. The Chair of the Board of Selectmen, Greg
Howes, welcomed the one hundred or so people to
the event, the Reverend Matthew Genzlinger gave the
closing meditation.
Staffing a table at the Annual Picnic-in-the-Park,
Council members gave out information, and ran the
ever-popular Bean-bag Toss game.
Over the summer and into the fall, a subcommittee
worked on gathering nominations for the Biannual
‘Climate of Freedom Award’. This Award is given to
a group or organization within the Concord-Carlisle
community that has worked to strengthen and uphold
the ideals of dignity, respect and safety for all. The
Council handed the candidate information to a panel
of three judges (past Chairs of the Council), and their
recommendation was voted on at the October Execu

tive Board meeting. The Award was presented to the
Concord Chapter of
(Parents and Friends of
Lesbians and Gays) at the annual Human Rights Day
Breakfast on Monday, December 1. This event was held
at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, and hosted
by the Reverend John Lombard. Beth Shaw accepted
the award on behalf of the Concord Chapter, and Pam
Garramone, Executive Director of the Greater Boston
, spoke of the organization’s work in promoting
acceptance, safety and dignity for all. This event was
televised for
. State Senator Susan Fargo presented
a citation from the State House to recognize the great
and important work performed by this group.
Among the ongoing initiatives on the Council’s agenda
is the establishment of a Black Heritage and Abolition

ists’ Trail in Concord. The Council has been working
on this goal all year, and has their first formal tour to a
group of Girl Scouts scheduled for the end of January
2009. As work progresses, those interested can follow
its progress on the website.
As well as the regularly scheduled activities, the Council
responds to the needs of individuals who request advice
on human rights issues. The Council is not a mediat
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ing body, but has several resources to which it can refer
people. For a fuller account of these concerns and the
Council’s response, please check the ‘Response to Hate
Crimes’ article on the website –
There is no charge for any Concord-Carlisle Human
Rights Council event; we are a 501c3 organization, so
donations are tax-deductible, and we are completely
dependent on the generosity of donors, both individual,
faith group and funding agencies. It is a measure of the
commitment of the people within this community to
the ideal of justice that an organization such as this can
continue its work. Thank you to all who contributed
to that work, both in dollars and in volunteer hours
during the past year.