FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice)

Dear FORJ at Brown,

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi implored Newtonians to be antiracists in this webinar this July. An antiracist is one who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an antiracist idea.

Currently, Newton celebrates Columbus Day. Columbus Day is a racist holiday because it honors a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Indigenous people and shipped hundreds back to Europe as slaves to enrich himself and the king and queen.

Newton can take one step toward being an antiracist city this week when the City Council considers a resolution to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day on the city and school calendars.

Here’s how YOU and your family can be antiracists this week:

1.) Write to the City Council 

Tell the Council that you support Indigenous Peoples Day!  Even if you have written before, write to them again!

You can write your own letter, or, if you are strapped for time, use this template letter.

If your child would like to write an email, they can use thisstudent template letterfrom the Student Ignition Society (go to page 10).

Send your message to

2.) Attend the City Council Meeting

The Programs & Services Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm. To view this meeting click HERE at the above date and time. 

#351-20 Resolution to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

 The complete Committee Agenda for this meeting is available HERE.

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact Kerry Prasad.