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The Danvers Human Rights and Inclusion Committee is a cohesive task force against anti-Semitism, homophobia, intolerance, racism, sexism and bigotry. We partner with police, school administration and several community partners on events to create a positive atmosphere for a multi-cultural community. We stand against hatred and support those who experience marginalization due to their age, gender, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status.
Committee Members: Dutrochet Djoko, Chair; Paul Pawlak, Vice Chair; Charles Desmond; Robert Gamer; William Graham; Donna Hopkins; Sally Kerans; David McKenna; Jorge Sanchez-Salazar; Cathy Sullivan-Bradley
Liaisons: David Mills, Select Board; Eric Crane, School Committee; Lt. Robert Sullivan, Police; Rev. Douglas Vooys, Interfaith Partnership
Unity in Our Community | Don't miss out on getting your Danvers Unity sign! Lawn signs are available for a suggested $10 donation, but no one will be denied a sign for inability to donate. Contact Donna Hopkins at [email protected]
2021 MLK Day Tribute | Each year since 1999, the Danvers Human Rights and Inclusion Committee has brought the community together in a celebration of community and the ideals that Dr. King lived and died for. A virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute is currently in the works. Stay tuned for more information!
Bumper Sticker Contest Winner | After receiving over 30 entries from students grades 6-12, the Committee is working diligently to select a winner of our Bumper Sticker Art Contest. The winner will be formally announced at our January 2021 meeting, and our gallery of entries will be posted online. Stay tuned!
2020 Pride Flag Raising | The 2020 Pride Flag Raising ceremony can be viewed here.
2020 MLK Day Tribute | The 2020 Martin Luther King Day event can be viewed here.
2019 Independence Day | The 2019 Independence Day reading of the Declaration of Independence can be viewed here.
Each year, the Committee awards scholarships to graduating DHS seniors who take an active role in making Danvers a community in which all people are accepted without prejudice against their gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs or lack of, affiliation or sexual identity.
For a scholarship application, please contact the DHS Guidance Department.
The Committee was honored to present seniors Erin Lally and Colby Thompson with the 2020 scholarships!
In the News
- Unity Signs Pop Up in Danvers - via the Salem News
- Danvers Student Contest to Promote Inclusion, Human Rights - via Danvers Patch
- Danvers Residents, Teens Hold Weekend Demonstration in Support of Black Lives Matter - via Wicked Local Danvers
- Town Officials Working to Bolster Diversity in Danvers - via Wicked Local Danvers
- Danvers Honors Work, Message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - via Wicked Local Danvers
- A Heartfelt Lesson in Acceptance: Community Comes Together to Honor MLK at 21st Annual Event - via the Salem News
- Danvers Selectmen Endorse Indigenous People's Day - via the Salem News
- Diversity Committee's New Name Focuses on Inclusion - via the Salem News
Resources & Links
Massachusetts Legal Resources
- Office of the Attorney General
- Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC)
- Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI)
- North Shore Alliance of GLBTQ Youth (NAGLY)
- Boston Alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth (BAGLY)
- No Place for Hate - via the Anti-Defamation League
Disability Support Resources
- Special Needs Advocacy Network Inc. (SPAN)
- Northeast Arc
- The Arc Massachusetts
- Disability Resources for Pediatrics: Support Groups
Parent & Teacher Resources
- Talking About Race - via the National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Race, Ethnicity, Linguistic, Cultural, and Socioeconomic Diversity - via UNC Chapel Hill's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
- Facing History and Ourselves
- Danvers Interfaith Partnership
- Merrimack College Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslin Relations
- The Literary Movement America Forgot - via Huffpost
- Salem State Will Carry on Mission to Remember Genocides - via Boston Globe
- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - via the National Archives