Please Note:

Meetings:

Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month starting at 7:00 pm in the Plantation Room at Plymouth Town Hall.

Remembrance:

The Committee wishes to acknowledge the service of members Barry Meltzer who was the committee chairperson from its inception in 2001 until 2013 and Joe Horn both of whom passed away in 2015. The spirit of these two men will live on in all those whose lives they touched and by all people who are committed to social justice.

Membership:

At this time, there are openings on the Committee. Interested Plymouth residents may apply at the Selectmen's Office at Plymouth Town Hall, Lincoln Street. Individuals from Underrepresented groups and high school students are encouraged to apply.
Contact: Annikka Bernabe
ABernabe@townhall.plymouth.ma.us

Our History

Past Events:

Note: Ongoing cultural diversity section at Plymouth Public Library sponsored by Plymouth No Place For Hate and Library Corporation started in 2004 – present time. Books, videos and other publications available to the Public.

 

2016

May 11, 2016 the new No Place For Hate Collection at the Plymouth Public Library was presented to the public at a festive event. This outstanding collection of books and dvds was purchased with the donations made in memory of our late chairman Dr. Barry S. Meltzer who served as our inspiring chair for 15 years. These materials are probably the best collection of its kind in Massachusetts. They will educate and inspire the public for many, many years to come. This collection will be added to annually with a perpetuating fund donated by the Meltzer family. We are deeply grateful to them for their generosity. To see what is available you can go to these two links.

“The Power of One”

Saturday April 2 , 2016 several members of the Town of Plymouth’s No Place For Hate Committee attended an event at the Kingston Senior Center sponsored by the Kingston Democratic Town Committee called “The Power of One” .
The event consisted of a travelling exhibit of 12 panels of historical information regarding the political atmosphere in Italy and Germany with regard to the rise in power of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini prior to the Holocaust.
It highlighted the events of that time, and those who remained bystanders and those who became up standers.
The purpose of this exhibit and the informative panel of speakers was to clearly illustrate the parallels present in our country today regarding hate speech, hate mongering and threats of ethnic discrimination in the current American presidential campaign.
The panel of four speakers included our Committee Chair , Barbara Aharoni, who spoke about our mission for the Town of Plymouth. Our Plymouth County State Representative Tom Calter and Treasurer Thomas O’Brien were present.
The NPFH members who attended were Carol Capen, Michelina Larson, Susan Moore, and Roy Zahreciyan,  About 100 people came to this worthwhile program from Kingston, Plymouth and other surrounding towns.

Plymouth South Middle School MLK Poster Judging Day w/ Plymouth No Place For Hate Committee Members – February 3, 2016

 

Freedom Seder – Martin Luther King Jr. Community Observance – with Interfaith Teen and Adult Choir

January 17, 2016 – 3- 5 PM

Sponsored by the Hingham / Hull Religious Leaders Association, Hosted by Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, 1112 Main Street, Hingham, MA

 

All Are Welcome…

Plymouth MLK Day of Service, Zion Lutheran Church, North Plymouth, MA.  Saturday, January 16,2016

Churches, Congregations, Plymouth Public School Staff and Students and The Plymouth No Place For Hate committee for the Town of Plymouth participated in 2016’s

MLK Day od Service. Together we put together several different  packages for the homeless in the Plymouth area and students at local schools.

 

Plymouth No Place for Hate Committee meets with SPARK Children’s group at South Middle School – January 5, 2016

The Town of Plymouth, NPFH Committee was invited this week to the Peer Leadership meeting at Plymouth So. Middle School. Four of our eight members were able to be there.(Barbara Aharoni, Susan Moore, Roy Zahreciyan, Michelina Larson) We met with these enthusiastically caring students, and their teacher advisers, who have decided to initiate a school wide poster contest to illustrate the vision of MLK. The theme of the contest entries is “Be The Change”. The members of our committee will be judging their entries. There will be Amazon gift cards rewarded to the first, second and third place winners.

Also NPFH volunteers will be at the MLK Day of Service at the Zion Lutheran Church on Saturday, Jan 16, 2016. We are donating 40, $5 Dunkin’ Donut gift certificates for the homeless comfort packets.

The teachers coordinating this program are Julie Benoti, Tony Previti and Katelyn Kaminske.

The SPARK, Students Promoting and Reinforcing Kindness student’s group teachers reviewed their agenda for the next several months and introduced our No Place for Hate Committee. We introduced ourselves to the group.

We conversed with the teachers and the students concerning MLK Day of Service Poster Contest.

We gave several possible ideas in which the students could make posters on this subject.

WE conversed about future plans to have joint projects.

This was a wonderful first meeting and the Plymouth No Place for Hate looks forward in future joint ventures with SPARK

 

 

2015

 

World Kindness Day:    Friday – November 13, 2015

A global 24 Hour celebration dedicated to pay it forward and focusing on the good!

 

In Remembrance of Kristallnacht- The Night of Broken Glass November 9 and 10th 1938

Anti-Semitism: Before During and Beyond the Holocaust presented by Barbara Aharoni at

Congregation Beth Jacob, 8 Pleasant Street,Plymouth, MA

on Sunday November 8, 2015 at 7 pm

Barbara Aharoni is a Jewish Educator, and a Holocaust Educator /Speaker for Facing History and Ourselves of Massachusetts and the Holocaust Education Resource Center of Rhode Island. She is presently on the faculty of Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham and for many years was Curriculum Coordinator and teacher for Congregation Beth Jacob. In 2012 she completed the Me’ah Program of Hebrew College and attended the Summer Seminar for Holocaust Educators at Yad VaShem’s International School of Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.

When speaking to various local groups the most commonly asked question by those learning the history of the Holocaust is “Why the Jews?” Most people think that Hitler’s anti-Semitism, his racial ideology, was the primary reason for the largest industrialized mass extermination of humans in the history of world civilization. Barbara will trace the roots of anti-Semitism from its most ancient beginnings to those of today’s most recent headlines.

Open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

 

November 4, 2015

Dear Members and Clergy of the Islamic Center of Burlington,

I am writing you on behalf of the No Place For Hate Committee of the Town of Plymouth,MA. We want you to know we were outraged by the news of your house of worship being vandalized and defaced during this week, in what was determined a hate crime.

The members of my committee join me in support of all of you in condemning this unfortunate event.

We salute your town’s police department for its immediate action to find the perpetrators. We hope in the weeks ahead they will learn to understand that we are all Americans.

We here in America’s Hometown are very aware of the importance of standing up againt hate crimes, discrimination and prejudice for all our citizens. Our country was founded on the principles of freedom for all religions.

We hope you enjoy celebrating this coming Thanksgiving knowing you have friends in the place where it all began. Our town has been a haven and home to people who have escaped religious persecution since 1620 !

Sincerely,

Barbara Aharoni-Shamir

Chairperson – No Place For Hate Committee

11 Lincoln Street

Plymouth, MA 02360

 

 

Prayer Vigil – There will be a Plymouth-Wide vigil to remember all of those who have died from drugs and in support of families of those struggling with addiction. October 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm in Town Square, Plymouth, MA. Sponsored by PAICA.

 

 

 GLADD  Spirit Day
Thanks for supporting LGBT youth by pledging to go purple for Spirit Day! Don’t forget to change your Facebook and Twitter photos on Thursday, October 15th by using our Spirit Day tool or by downloading the free Spirit Day app.On Spirit Day, you’ll be among millions of Americans — including students, parents, teachers, schools, local communities, celebrities, TV shows, and even national landmarks — who will be going purple in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth. Can you do one more thing? Help us spread the word by joining the Facebook event now and inviting all your friends and family across the world. Thank you for standing up against bullying for Spirit Day! Your friends at GLAADP.S. For more information on how you can help share Spirit Day with your school or local community, visit http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/getinvolved.

 

 

2014

January: With the Plymouth Area Interfaith Clergy Council, sponsored an essay contest for local high school students in observance of the Martin Luther King holiday.

February: Discussed ideas to develop a more welcoming message for residents and visitors in response to a 2013 incident of swastika graffiti at the North Plymouth rail station.

April: Participated in the Yom Hashoa service at the Church of the Pligrimage where newest committee member Barbara Aharoni was the guest speaker.

May: Worked with Plymouth North High School art teacher Sherie Harkins and photography student Lucas Santos and graphic design student Emily Freeman on the design of a “Welcoming” poster.

June: Committee members participated in a social justice day held at the First Parish Church in Kingston.

July/August:  Presented the first print of the “Welcoming” poster to committee member emeritus Barry Meltzer, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee. Additional copies of the poster were purchased by Destination Plymouth for posting in its tourist information center in the harbor and the state run information office at Exit 5 on Route 3. After a front page story about the poster appeared in the Old Colony Memorial, a number of additional copies of the “Welcoming” poster were purchased by local residents.

The Committee heard a presentation by local resident Janet Petrella and Donna Harrigan from Cape Cod Grandmothers Against Gun Violence about their organization, its mission and its plan to establish a South Shore chapter.

Committee members met with a Billington family following an incident of racial graffiti painting in that neighborhood.

September:  Committee members met with elementary music teacher Kathy McMinn to offer support for her plans to bring the African Children’s Choir back to Plymouth in the spring of 2015.

September-December:  Committee member Joe Horn worked with the Plymouth Area Interfaith Clergy Association in planning a day of service for the Martin Luther King holiday in January 2015.

November: Committee member Bill Burke met with staff at the Plymouth Public Library to discuss the status of and the committee’s on-going support for the No Place For Hate Collection at the town library.

December: The Committee discussed the well publicized incidents of racial discord occurring in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York. The Committee scheduled a meeting with Police Chief Michael Botieri and Captain John Rogers for early 2015 to discuss matters of mutual concern.

 

2013

January: Martin Luther King Breakfast in concert with the Plymouth Public Schools and the Plymouth Area InterFaith Clergy Council.

April: Holocaust Memorial Service in concert with the Plymouth Area InterFaith Clergy Council.

June: Adopted the Plymouth NPFH Statement Related to “Offensive” Incidents

July: Plymouth’s Independence Day Parade participation.

August: Response to incident in Carver

September: Response to graffiti incident at Cordage Park

2012

January: Martin Luther King Breakfast in concert with the Plymouth Public Schools and

the Plymouth Area Interfaith Council.

April: Holocaust Memorial Service in concert with the Plymouth Areas Clergy Association.

July: Plymouth’s Independence Day Parade participation.

2011

January: Martin Luther King Breakfast with NPFH Committee Member and Plymouth with committee member and town native William Hunt as main speaker.

April: Holocaust Memorial Service in concert with Plymouth Area Clergy Association.

July: Plymouth’s Independence Day Parade participation.

October: Diversity Day Celebration in concert with the Plymouth Public Schools, a day long celebration of America’s rich and diverse culture.

 

2010

January : Celebration of Martin Luther King on 1/18 by Plymouth NPFH Plymouth School Dept, and Plymouth Interfaith council. Speaker was Rev Barbara Harris, Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Awarding at the PSHS Cafetorium of Prizes from PNPFH Committee to student essay and poster winners and inspiring music presentation.

APRIL: Holocaust memorial Service at the Beth Jacob Community Center, Plymouth, Sponsored by the greater Plymouth Clergy Association and NPFH. Speaker: holocaust survivor. Music by student from Plymouth HS.

MAY: Semi- annual meeting of South Shore NPFH Coalition in Hingham attended by Plymouth members

OCTOBER 17th: Update, during Diversity Month, by No Place for Hate of available books, DVD s and videos donated to the Plymouth Public Library.

OCTOBER: “Chalk One Up for Diversity” event at Colony Place in Plymouth sponsored by South Shore Coalition.

OCTOBER 28th:ADL conference at U Mass Boston on Bullying followed by recognition ceremony. Also present was a representative of Plymouth Police.

 

2009 

January: MLK Breakfast sponsor with PLymouth schools and Plymouth Area Interfaith council 1/19/2009 at Plymouth South High school

March 9 &10: My-Turn students and student NPFH presented “Rachel’s Challenge” at Plymouth North High School

April 27: Plymouth NPFH and the area Interfaith Clergy Council Holocaust Memorial Service at Beth Jacob Community Center, Plymouth,MA:

May 21: Quarterly meeting of South Shore Coalition of NPFH in Marshfield MA.

September: Celebrating our diversity No Place for Hate Committee’s second annual Diversity Day entertains and educates

2008

November: Attended ADL regional event celebrating the new regional network and welcoming new director Derek Schulman

Attended Quarterly South Shore Coalition meeting in Randolph

October: Received matching Grant award from ADL toward September 2009 Diversity Day

September: Joined with My-Turn Honors Clubs of both Plymouth High Schools as their service project

July 13th 2008 – Presentation at Music Festival – Plymouth State Park on Waterfront

July 4th 2008 – March in July 4th Parade, Plymouth

April 2008 – Co-Sponsored with Plymouth Interfaith Council Holocaust Memorial Service at Beth Jacob Community Center, Plymouth

January 2008 – Co-sponsored with School Department and area Clergy Martin Luther King Jr Prayer Breakfast at Plymouth South High School.

2007

September 15th Diversity Day at Plymouth State Park on Waterfront

July – Co-sponsor of the Annual Plymouth Independent Film Festival of films highlighting Diversity and lead a discussion group following the films.

July – Displayed at Plymouth 4th of July Parade, enhancing Community awareness of NPFH.

June – Co-Sponsored “Strike Out Hate Night” at a Brockton Rox professional baseball game with the NPFH South Shore Coalition.

June – Supported victims of a hate crime in Plymouth

June – Displayed at Plymouth Town Meeting, enhancing Community awareness of NPFH

June – Re certification ceremony at the Landmark Center in Boston :: Plymouth NO Place For Hate Committee will be recognized as grant recipient from the A.D.L. and Blue Cross Blue Shield. And Will be re certified by ADL for the 5th consecutive year.

April – Participated in Plymouth Holocaust Memorial Service

February – Conducted Diversity / anti Bullying presentations at Rising Tide Charter School, Plymouth

January – Cosponsored with School Department and area Clergy Martin Luther King Jr Prayer Breakfast

Winter – Investigated several possible Plymouth Hate crimes

2006

Dec – Application for Matching Grant for Diversity Day for 2007 sent 12/19/06

Dec – Website set up by Peter and Raychael Coombes

Nov/Dec – ran children’s train at the Independence Mall on multiple occasions to raise community awareness and funds for Plymouth NPFH

November – Exhibited at Plymouth’s Thanksgiving Parade to raise community awareness

Oct – Chairman Meltzer and Selectman Quintal attended annual No Place for Hate ADL Dinner in Boston .

Oct – Chairman attended Barnstable Diversity Committee meeting with ADL Representative with goal of formation of NPFH Cape Cod regional Coalition.

Oct – Response to Middleboro Hate Crime Oct 25, 2006. Letters of support sent to affected church.

Oct – Supported Town of Easton in a rally against hate crime at the site of recent hate crime.

Oct – Attended outdoor Rally in Brewster Gardens RE: Darfur genocide

Oct – Members of Plymouth NPFH attended annual meeting of Parting Ways to support that organization.

Oct – Diversity morning @PCIS: Power Point Presentation by Reverend Leduc.

Oct – Attended South Shore Coalition Meeting.

July – Spoke/ Discussion of 2 films concerning diversity at the 2nd annual Plymouth International Film Festival.

July – Marched in July 4th Parade NPFH with banner & with students from Plymouth Schools to promote NPFH goals.

June – Re certification of Plymouth NPFH by ADL@ event in Boston

June – Participated in Diversity Day, Plymouth South Middle School by involving the students in presentations about and discussions of Diversity and anti-bullying.

May – Attended South Shore Coalition Meeting.

May – NPFH power point presentation by Reverend Leduc at Diversity Day at PSMS

Apr – Received two matching Grants from ADL of Boston and Blue Cross Blue Shield of $2000 each which were put towards a Multicultural Diversity Center in the Plymouth Public Library in the form of books, tapes, and videos.

Apr – Active participation of members at Community Holocaust Remembrance Event, co-sponsored by Plymouth Area Interfaith clergy Council

Apr – Response to Hate Crime in Easton .

Apr – Attended Stoughton Holocaust Remembrance and protest Hate Crime at the Stoughton Jewish Community Center.

Apr – Participated in Holocaust memorial service at Beth Jacob Community Center .

Mar – Attended South Shore Coalition Meeting.

Mar – Participated at interface Sadder with Hingham NPFH committee.

Jan – Reached out to Brazilian Community in response to vandalism of Church.

Jan – Attended annual MLK prayer breakfast co-sponsored by NPFH & Interfaith Clergy.

2005
Jul – Co-Sponsored the First Annual Plymouth Independent Film Festival.

Jun – Participated in Sons of the American Revolution dedication of Parting Ways grave sites.

Jun – Recertification of Plymouth NPFH by ADL.

Jun – Participated in South Shore Gay Pride Parade and Interfaith Service.

Apr – Participated in Plymouth Holocaust Memorial Service.

Mar – Co-Sponsored South Shore Interfaith Seder.

Jan – Co-Sponsored Plymouth Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast.

2004

Dec – Participated in ADL training program with the NPFH South Shore Coalition on how to create a community action plan in response to Hate Crimes.

Nov – Exhibited at Plymouth ‘s Thanksgiving Parade to raise community awareness.

Nov – Ran Children’s Train at the Independence Mall on multiple occasions to raise community awareness and funds.

Nov – Participated in Charity Night at the Independence Mall, Kingston , to raise community awareness and funds.

Oct – Presented Parting Ways request for 28 acre grant for ethnic museum, to Plymouth Town Meeting. Chairman Barry Meltzer, M.D. was an advisor to Parting Ways on how to present the warrant.

Aug – Participated in filming a Public Service Announcement supporting 1st Amendment Rights – Freedom of Speech.

Jun – Participated in South Shore Gay Pride Parade and Interfaith Service.

Jun – Participated in Diversity Day, Plymouth South Middle School .

May – Presented two Power Point presentations of NPFH to Carver MA schools and town officials after numerous Hate Crimes against a Carver Teacher and Coach.

May – Attended trial in support of victims of hate crimes perpetrated in Myles Standish State Forest .

Apr – Participated in Plymouth Holocaust Memorial Service.

Mar – Co-Sponsored South Shore Interfaith Seder.

Jan – Co-Sponsored Plymouth Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast.

2003

Nov – Marched in Plymouth Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Oct – Established Multi-Media Diversity Center at Plymouth Public Library through a $1,000 donation, and a $1,000 Anti-Defamation League matching grant.

Jul – Marched in Plymouth Fourth of July Parade.

Jun – Co-Sponsored GLAD Informational Forum at Plymouth Town Hall .

May – Recertification of Plymouth NPFH by ADL.

May – Participated in Diversity Day, Plymouth South Middle School .

Apr – Participated in Plymouth Holocaust Memorial Service.

Apr – Co-Sponsored South Shore Interfaith Seder.

Jan – Co-Sponsored Plymouth Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast.

2002

Nov – Marched in Plymouth Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Nov – Stand in the Sand with NPFH South Shore Coalition in Hull .

Sep – Participated in Plymouth 9/11 Memorial Services.

May – Original Certification by the Regional NPFH Board.

May – Created and sold Plymouth Branded No Place For Hate Buttons

2001

May – Created and sold Plymouth Branded No Place For Hate Buttons

Nov – Persephone’s Daughters NPFH Benefit Concert at Plymouth First Parish Church .

May – Sponsored “Love Makes A Family” photo exhibit at the Plymouth First Parish Church .

May – Sponsored Movie Night “Torch Song Trilogy” at Plymouth South Middle School .

May – Official Proclamation by Plymouth Board of Selectmen creating Plymouth ‘s NPFH committee.

Apr – Sponsored Movie Night “Lena’s Hundred Children” at Plymouth South Middle School.