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Brookline Fall Town Meeting 2020: What To Know -

Brookline Fall Town Meeting 2020: What To Know -

Brookline Fall Town Meeting 2020: What To Know -

Posted: 13 Nov 2020 05:37 AM PST

BROOKLINE, MA — Tuesday the town's legislators will gather to vote on more than 40 issues that could impact everything from police use of body cameras to affordable housing to establishing a minority and women-owned business program in town.

The main meeting has 40 proposals on the table, including one to determine whether the town should adjust official language to use non gendered pronouns throughout and one that asks the town to commit to an "inclusive and progressive budget" by prioritizing funding for affordable housing, police reform, efforts directed at underrepresented communities and equitable access to schooling. There's also a proposal to allow the town to enforce local regulations restricting new fossil fuel infrastructure in certain construction.

There is a second meeting within the main meeting that will have legislators consider three proposals, including one about purchasing part of the old Newbury College property, which the town's voters approved earlier this month.

The fall Town Meeting is set to happen Nov. 17. It will start at 7 p.m. and although it usually takes place in the Brookline High School Auditorium, it will be held virtually this year on Zoom for participants and broadcast live on the Brookline Interactive Group's website, and social media.

Town Meeting is Brookline's Legislative arm of government. It consists of 240 elected Town Meeting members, plus the members of the Select Board, and any state representative or state senator who lives in Brookline. The Town Moderator, Sandy Gadsby presides and the town clerk acts as secretary, and both are voting members.

The 240 are elected by precinct, with 15 members elected from each of the town's 16 precincts. The members are elected for staggered three-year terms so that five members are elected from each precinct each year in the May annual town election.

Town Meeting is responsible for passing a balanced annual town budget, and enacts all town bylaws. An Annual Town Meeting is held in the spring to enact the following year's budget, plus whatever other matters are placed on the Town Meeting warrant, either by the Select Board or by citizen petition. The Annual Town Meeting is usually held the last week in May or the first week in June. A special Town Meeting is held each fall, usually in November, to deal with any budget changes, zoning by-law amendments.

Here's what's on the docket for the original Special Town Meeting:

The Sagamore | Uprooting rape culture - The Sagamore

Posted: 16 Nov 2020 04:26 PM PST

The presentation swayed the administration, Noble said, putting a spotlight on an issue that had long been murky. They were convinced to address what she and Hitchcock-Smith had shown them was clearly in need of it.

As part of that commitment to address sexual violence, administrators agreed to hold annual teacher training days. These days will focus on explaining reporting policies and Title IX procedures. In September, Hitchcock-Smith and Noble were guest speakers at one of these virtual sessions, presenting their view of the student experience to the entire faculty.

"We spoke about how all of this starts way back in middle school and progresses over the years to snowball into this weird conglomerate of rape culture, misogyny, low-self esteem for girls and all of these things that play into each other," Noble said. "We talked about students' experiences over the years, and it struck a chord with a lot of teachers. ''

Spanish teacher Astrid Allen said that the students' presentation was impactful because it challenged her assumption about the school's trustful identity.

"We pride ourselves on having a strong community where the kids can know and trust the adults, and yet this was happening for many years and people didn't feel safe coming forward," Allen said. "I want to know what we can do, as a faculty, to promote that trust, so that if something were to happen in our community in the future, students feel comfortable coming forward."

While some teachers and administrators may have been surprised at the pervasiveness of sexual violence, many students and organizers have learned, often through lived experience, to expect it. For Casey Corcoran, Director of Youth Sexual Violence Prevention Education at BARCC, the question is not whether rape culture exists at any given high school, but what can be done.

"It's the sea we swim in culturally," Corcoran said. "So of course it's present at a high school. I would say that students see and witness examples of rape culture all the time, they just may not be able to identify it as such. We need to give people the tools to identify, label and decode it, because then we can actually deal with it. This is an issue that thrives on darkness, so the more we shine a light on it, the better it's going to be."

Hitchcock-Smith and Noble recognized this need as well. Partnering with Uttaro, who has had extensive training in the field, they created Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Warriors. The program is made up of students, teachers and administrators working together to educate students and address rape culture at the high school on equal standing.

But to be able to do that effectively, Noble said, SHARP Warriors needs to start by having conversations amongst themselves.

"It's all about bringing the right energy and honesty. Being radically open about everything. That's what we're here to do," Noble said. "Making that powerful openness really empowers people to take it a step further, to take it outside of the group and to their friend groups, to their families. Ultimately, the goal is to change the culture."

Hitchcock-Smith said that cultural education is the way to make changes to the climate of the high school, whether that education happens through assemblies, in-class workshops or lessons at middle schools.

"We've got a month by month plan on how we're going to get that done," Hitchcock-Smith said. "We're thinking about how we meet with middle schoolers and talk to them about these issues, how we make these conversations happen for younger and younger students so everybody learns it earlier."

With such grand goals, Uttaro said it has been important for the team to keep many paths of action open.

"We know that changing a culture is not something that happens overnight," Uttaro said. "We've talked about doing a clothesline project, having a group with just men, working with parents. There's so many things that we're planning."

Although many things cannot happen in remote or socially distant learning, SHARP Warriors has been able to put together a trajectory of future projects to chip away at the problem. According to Uttaro, the ability to work with the seniors as equal partners has not happened before and has been uniquely beneficial for everyone.

"There are things that adults and administrators like me can do, but I'm limited because I'm not a senior in high school. We see different things from what you all experience, and you have a voice and a power based on your own personal experiences that I cannot access," Uttaro said. "At the same time, Meg and Alex are not in the kinds of school policy conversations that I'm in. So they inform what I'm doing, I inform what they're doing, and we work together like that."


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