On Thursday, April 19, 2018, H-CAN's Krista Malott circulated and spoke at the School District of Haverford Township school board meeting about the Racial Justice Group's report on racial tension in our schools and recommendations to combat it. H-CAN members came out to the school board meeting in force to support.
For the November 2018 H-CAN monthly meeting, the Immigration and Refugees group is once again partnering with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ardmore to host a community-building event including 3 guest speakers and a potluck dinner. The speakers are from 3 different nonprofit organizations serving local immigrant communities.
The Haverford Human Relations Commission has planned a town hall meeting on October 17th at 7 p.m. at the township administrative building to discuss issues revealed in the H-CAN Racial Justice diversity report. Read more in the Delco Times.
I got involved with H-CAN about a month after it formed. I was intimidated by the idea of becoming part of a group of (mostly) women that seemed to already be friends, and I felt like an outsider, a stranger.
On September 26, 2018, the Philadelphia Inquirer published their article “Haverford Schools to face charges of racial harassment at public forum.” The article highlights the Diversity and Inclusion report that members of H-CAN’s Racial Justice group presented to the Haverford school board.
As published in the September 6th Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) newsletter:
"In January, 2017 PICC released the Welcoming Schools Toolkit to provide students, parents, and community members with the information and tools they need to work with their schools to enact policies to ensure that all students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome, safe, and protected in the school environment. We are excited to share that communities have been organizing, and making changes in their local schools…”
On May 17, 2018 H-Can’s Arts Advocacy Group presented Theresa “Pussi Artist” BrownGold’s discussion “Moving Toward Compassion: Healthcare as a Human Right” at Main Line Art Center. Through this portrait series, which began in 2008 prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, BrownGold explores healthcare in America as told through individual stories.
The Arts Advocacy Stanchion, created by Jeffrey Kimsey-Carroll, premiered at Haverford Township Day 2017. Participants added to it at the Main Line Art Center’s Sensory Garden Party on June 2, 2018 and H-Can’s second Pride Picnic on June 9, 2018.
On Sunday, May 20, 2018, H-CAN's Racial Justice action group held a forum on Race and Education Inequity at H-CAN's monthly meeting. Speakers included Maura McInerney from the Education Law Center, Larry Feinberg from the Keystone State Education Coalition, Asheq Fazlullah and Nicole Johns from POWER, and Bonnie Koss from Social FUNdraising and Gatherings.
On May 1, 2018, the Delco Times published the article "Report Charges Racism Is Rampant in Haverford and Its Schools" to report on the Diversity and Inclusion report that H-CAN's Racial Action Group delivered to the School District of Haverford Township at the April 19, 2018 school board meeting.
On November 29, 2017, the Delco Times published the article "Haverford OKs Rules to Make Schools More Trans-Friendly" after the School District of Haverford Township voted unanimously to adopt a "new policy created for the purpose of protecting rights and meeting needs of gender expansive and transgender students." Members of H-CAN's LGBTQ+ action group had asked the school board to adopt the policy back in March 2017.
On November 10, 2017, the Delco Times published the article "Haverford Introduces Policy to Protect Transgender Students" after the School District of Haverford Township introduced a proposed School Board Policy 259 that would ensure "equity and non-discrimination for gender expansive and transgender students."
On March 29, 2017, Outword.Today published an article entitled "Havertown Area Community Action Network Presses School Board for Transgender Policy." Outwork.Today celebrates the Philly suburban LGBTQ+ experience.
On March 22, 2017, the Delco Times published their article "Haverford Students Call for Color-Coded Gender Equality" to report on Haverford High School's graduating seniors wishing to change the graduation gown tradition of young men wearing red gowns and young women wearing yellow. The article also contains an interview with H-CAN member, Karen Vitale, in which she speaks about the push for a transgender policy H-CAN wishes for the school district to adopt.