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Woburn residents gathering for Juneteenth

Saturday, June 19, hundreds of Woburn residents joined local organizations to  observe and honor Juneteenth Independence Day. Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people within the United States, observed annually on June 19th. Just two days before our Juneteenth Woburn event, President Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a national holiday.

The event included a Juneteenth flag raising with Mayor Galvin, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, and local elected officials including State Representative Richard Haggerty, State Senator Cindy Friedman, City Councilors Robert Ferullo and Jeff Dillon, and School Committee members Colleen Cormier, Ellen Crowley, Andrew Lipsett and Michael Mulrenan. SCI’s Deputy Director Phil Gordon and St. John’s Baptist Church Deacon Ron Walker performed the ceremonial flag raising honors.

The flag raising was followed by a speaking lineup of community members and student leaders who provided background on the history of Juneteenth and reflections on its meaning today in the ongoing quest for a more equitable society. The speeches were followed by a series of children’s activities, including storytime with school committee members Ellen Crowley and Michael Mulrenan.

The Juneteenth Woburn guest of honor retired was Retired Air Force Colonel and member of the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., Clifton E. Reed, who held an open Q&A on the Tuskegee Airmen in the Woburn Public Library Program Room.

I would like to say a big thank you to the following organizations who joined with SCI to coordinate and support this event: the City of Woburn, Cummings Properties, embRACE Club, Gourmet Kreyol, the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, the NAACP Mystic Valley Branch, St. John's Baptist Church, the Woburn Democratic City Committee, the Woburn Public Library, Woburn Public Schools, Woburn United Methodist Church, and Woburn Welcomes.

There are several individuals whom I would like to highlight for their leadership and extensive efforts in making the event a success. First, our event committee chairs, Phil Gordon, Jennifer Baker Jones and Lipsett. Next, a special thank you to Hermayne Gordon, Assistant Director of the Woburn Public Library, for hosting the event and working with the rest of the Library team to create information displays and book selections for Juneteenth. Mike West from St. John’s Baptist Church for all his help with the audiovisual aspects of the program. A special thanks to goes out to Zane Crute, President of the Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP for all of his support and guidance.

We had a very strong committee of volunteers, too long to list here. Thanks to all of them for their participation in this inaugural Juneteenth event!

Sat, 06/19/2021 - 12:45pm

Social Capital Inc. (SCI) and the Woburn Public Library are coordinating a community effort to observe and honor Juneteenth Independence Day, with support from the Woburn Democratic City Committee, the NAACP Mystic Valley Area Branch, and the City of Woburn.

On Friday March 26, 2021, members of the Woburn community came together for a vigil to honor the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings and to stand in solidarity with their Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) family. During a brief program, local leaders, the AAPI community and allies made their voices heard.

Please use this form to submit stories and thoughts that you would like to be shared in commemoration of the Atlanta spa shooting victims and the Woburn Unites AAPI Vigil. Responses may be shared on the SCI Woburn website and social media pages. Your response to both questions are optional and all responses will be kept anonymous. To allow focus on the situation being highlighted and not on individuals involved, we recommend that you do not share any personally identifiable information in your response.

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Photo from Vigil

Last Friday (3/26), the Woburn community came together to honor the victims of the Atlanta spa shooting and to stand in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members. The speaking program began at 5:30 with voices from our local leaders, the AAPI community and allies. Social Capital Inc. (SCI) President, David Crowley, and Woburn Memorial High School student and embRACE Club leader, Sophia Mathews, emceed the event.  

Ron Walker from St. John’s Baptist Church began the program by reading out the names of the victims, then led attendees in a moment of silence to commemorate and honor them. Speeches by Woburn Mayor, Scott Galvin, and Massachusetts State Senator, Cindy Friedman, shared thoughts focusing on the diversity of Woburn and the importance of making the city a more inclusive space for various groups in the community. Senator Friedman noted she was representing the other members of local Beacon Hill delegation at the event. 

BIPOC community members also spoke at the Vigil to discuss their own experiences of anti-AAPI racism: a variety of students and young people who shared powerful stories on the injustices they have faced, anonymous quotes from the AAIP community were read aloud, and SCI Woburn AmeriCorps Member, Sophie Ichizawa, gave a heartfelt speech sharing her personal perspective as a Japanese-American on the importance of this moment for our country. The Vigil concluded with prayers and reflections from two local pastors - Dr. Yaliang Zhao, from First Baptist Church of Woburn, and Dr. Mohanan Unni, from The Shepherd's House.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support the AAPI community and to honor the lives of those lost in Atlanta. You can watch the full recording of the Vigil here or check out more photos from the Vigil on our SCI Woburn Facebook page.  We are also still taking anonymous stories and comments by anyone who would like to speak on the recent events that happened or share ways to combat racism against the AAPI community. Click here to submit anonymous comments.

 

The event was planned by diverse group of local organizations and community leaders. The event organizers and other supporters came together and signed the following statement: 

Woburn Unites Vigil in Support of the AAPI Community
Fri, 03/26/2021 - 5:15pm

On Friday, all members of the Woburn community are invited to come together for a vigil to honor the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings and to stand in solidarity with our Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members.

We will gather on the Woburn Common at 5:15 p.m. Friday evening (3/26). A brief speaking program will begin at 5:30 p.m., with voices from our local leaders, the AAPI community and allies. Click here to leave a message to share at the vigil or in the days afterward.

COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place. All are asked to wear a mask and maintain 6 feet of physical distancing from those outside of your household. The event will be live streamed through the Facebook event and available later through a Woburn Public Media Center broadcast. The Facebook address is: https://www.facebook.com/events/976377882897236/ 

The event is being coordinated by a diverse committee of local organizations and community members. Many of those entities have signed the following statement of support.

AAPI Anti-Racism Statement

For more information, please contact David Crowley at dcrowley@socialcapitalinc.org.

Woburn Unites Vigil in Support of the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

Friday, March 26
on Woburn Common

Gathering: 5:15pm
Speaking Program: 5:30pm

Groups on the planning committee include: 

  • Council of Social Concern
  • James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club
  • Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
  • The Shepherd’s House
  • Social Capital Inc. (SCI)
  • St. John’s Baptist Church
  • WMHS embRACE
  • WMHS Spectrum Club
  • Woburn Council on Aging
  • Woburn Democratic City Committee
  • Woburn Pride
  • Woburn Public Schools
  • Woburn Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
  • Woburn United Methodist Church
  • Woburn Welcomes
  • YMCA International Learning Center
Cooks for Cultural Connections Flyer

Would you like to share your culture through cooking? 

After a very successful series of events last year the #WoburnUnites Cultural Connections Supper Clubs Project is seeking diverse community members with a love of cooking who would like to share some favorite dishes that represent their heritage.

Teach small groups of the Woburn community about your culture as you prepare a meal together.  

All events will take place in a public kitchen. A stipend will be provided for supplies.

Haitian Creole Cooking

Learn about Haitian Creole cooking and culture by preparing a meal with Woburn newcomer and home cook Nathalie Lecorps.   Over the course of the evening, you will have the chance to prepare a meal typical of a Haitian Creole kitchen while at the same time learning about the culture in an intimate, comfortable setting. 

Sign up at https://woburnpubliclibrary.org/

About the cook:

Join us at the United Methodist Church (523 Main Street, Woburn) on Tuesday, October 16th for a Cultural Connections Dinner where local caterers and restaurants will provide a variety of ethnic foods! This #WoburnUnites event will focus on building ties between Woburn's longtime residents and immigrants new to the community by using food and conversation as a basis for people to learn about the diverse range of cultures represented in Woburn. 

Cultural Connections Dinner Flyer
Tue, 10/16/2018 - 6:30pm

Join us at the United Methodist Church (523 Main Street, Woburn) on Tuesday, October 16th for a Cultural Connections Dinner where local caterers and restaurants will provide a variety of ethnic foods! This #WoburnUnites event will focus on building ties between Woburn's longtime residents and immigrants new to the community by using food and conversation as a basis for people to learn about the diverse range of cultures represented in Woburn. 

The Black Experience--Middlesex County from the 1640s to the 1870s

The Black Experience in Middlesex County from the 1640s to the 1870s. This event is taking place at the Woburn Memorial High School Auditorium on Thursday, September 27 starting at 7 p.m. The guest speakers will each briefly present on their research into the lives of both free and enslaved Black people, which will then provide the context for the evening's panel discussion.