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Community Spotlight: Bridgewater, Massachusetts


Every member of our Finding Your Voice Program (FYVP) has taken the following personal Pledge:

  • I pledge to educate myself on racism issues and all other forms of human oppression and to share my learning with my family, my circle of friends, my co-workers, and my community even if it means challenging conversations with those I encounter.

  • I pledge to seek out information and opportunities to understand how I and others have been affected by racist mythology and to expand my consciousness to be more aware and sensitive to the use of overt and subtle expressions of racial stereotypes.

  • I pledge to display courage in the presence of racial injustice, to call out racism where and when it occurs and to facilitate open and compassionate conversations that will contribute to better understanding of the effects of racist mythology on all people.

  • I pledge to support public policy solutions that will prominently, openly, and enthusiastically promote racial equity in all aspects of human affairs, and to work to eradicate racism from our society.

This month, we're spotlighting Sam Baumgarten, FYVP member, and Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) for their continued Pride Month efforts.

For the second consecutive year, Bridgewater (MA) Communities for Civil Rights made a request to the Bridgewater Town Council to write and support a resolution recognizing Pride Month and raising the Pride Flag in Bridgewater. The Council was unanimous in its support, and the flag raising ceremonies took place on June 1st. The Pride Flag will fly until June 15th, and will then be replaced by the Juneteenth Flag, the first time that flag will go up in Bridgewater.

Please read The Enterprise June 3, 2022 "Bridgewater kicks off Pride Month celebration with flag raising ceremony" at:

For more information about BCCR, please visit their website at:



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