Here at OneWestport, we are firm believers in the 30 Human Rights as defined in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted in December of 1948. Here are organizations and groups that we feel are working in good spirits to unite Westport in the field of social justice:
TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport is a government organization based in Westport concentrated on " achieving, celebrating and extending diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, religion, LGBTQI & gender presentation" For students at Staples High School, there is an annual essay contest with a first place prize of $1000 and a TEAM Westport club that we highly recommend you join! For adults, there is a TEAM Westport book club which reads books such as Ibram X. Kendi's How to Be an Antiracist in addition to monthly meetings.
A group for the Westport CT LGBTQ+ community and its allies to gather and discuss ideas, events, mentorship, programming, resources, and activism. Westport Pride's goal is to "create an affirming culture in Westport that supports the full LGBTQ+ community and serves as a beacon to all".
For Staples students exclusively- at Staples there are countless clubs that deal with social justice issues. Some of these include AWARE: Assisting Women Through Action, Resources, and Education; Club Green; Gender Sexualities Alliance; Kool to Be Kind; Reshaping Reality; Students Demand Action; TEAM Westport (which we covered earlier); and so many more. Please consider joining one or more!
Westport Forward is a diverse group of Westporters who came together to "create action plans to support diversity and inclusion in our community and schools." Included on their website is a series of email templates that can be used to advocate for marginalized minorities in the areas of education and housing.
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