To educate, empower and partner with our local community to identify and dismantle systems of inequity in Medfield.
*current working mission statement
Medfield Together started in 2019 as conversations between friends where we shared observations, realizations and lessons on our individual anti-bias and anti-racist journeys. As parents, a mutual concern was ensuring our children were aware of the issues of racism and inequities and would grow up to become part of the solution.
Questions about the inclusion of the Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives during Thanksgiving celebrations at school prompted us to learn more about the Thanksgiving curriculum. This led to our first outreach efforts as a group with stakeholders in the community.
As many of us have younger children, our first conversations were with the elementary school administrations, who were very receptive to our questions of how issues of equity and race were being taught in the schools. While our discussions initially centered around the Thanksgiving curriculum and the inclusion of the Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives in these celebrations, we expanded to touch upon how other marginalized groups have been represented and included in the broader curriculum. Several of our members joined the Civil Rights Self Evaluation Committee to learn about broader equity concerns of students, parents and teachers. We saw an opportunity to support the schools in tackling systemic racism.
In 2020, as we and many people in Medfield were trying to grapple with George Floyd’s death and the many instances of racism happening outside of our town lines, we felt that it was time to formalize our efforts. Our goals were evident: to show solidarity with the Black community, while addressing the racism and oppression that exists in our town. During this time, our circle expanded to include a broader set of parents and residents who had also shared our concerns and were ready to take action. Although the issues that brought us together as a group surrounded racism, we are aware that other damaging forms of oppression exist in our community and will include them when considering where to focus our efforts .
Together, we hope to make Medfield a more just and inclusive community.
Medfield Together is an inclusive and anti-oppressive organization that works in partnership with our local community. Through education, action, and honest self-reflection, Medfield Together strives to make our community more welcoming and safe for all – regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, national origin or age.
Our Steering Committee