Letter from the Co-Chairs

Human rights are being challenged both nationally and globally, posing challenges on many fronts.

Divisiveness, fear and anger seem to be on the rise, particularly in the United States. Given this, we feel it is all the more important for us to take an active stand in upholding basic human rights and insuring dignity for all.

This month, our board reexamined the important initiatives and programs that the Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council (CCHRC) has witnessed and supported over the years: Friends of Metco, Concord Fair Housing Authority, Concord Peace Day, Concord Prison Outreach, the Sister City relationship with San Marcos Nicaragua, C4RJ, the Abby Fund, and the Drinking Gourd Project, to name a few.

In addition, we continue to sponsor our own annual, town-wide events: the Holocaust Observance, the Human Rights breakfast and biyearly “Climate for Freedom” award, and the Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Celebration. All of these programs and events are vital to the health and well-being of our communities of Concord and Carlisle, and the CCHRC will continue to support these efforts.

However, these times also present new challenges that force us to ask new questions. How best can we marshal our resources when fundamental human rights seem to be under constant assault? How many rights are we going to sacrifice to balance our desire for security? How do we seek justice for the poor who increasingly have their rights trampled? Yes, we are now a “Welcoming Community,” but how will we put these words into actions? In the coming month, we will be wrestling with these and other essential questions, and deciding how best to make a passionate and effective defense of the rights we hold dear.

Whatever is coming our way, the CCHRC looks forward to taking on these challenges, for we walk in the large footsteps of so many dedicated volunteers who came before us.

Yours in gratitude,

Rob Morrison & Louisa Paushter

Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council Co-Chairs