Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission Seeks New Members

Media Contact: Susan L. Quinones, Human Rights Coordinator
Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission at 508-375-6611


September 23, 2020 – The Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission (BCHRAC) seeks candidates to fill vacancies beginning January 1, 2021. The (9) member volunteer BC-HRAC was recently re-structured under Barnstable County Ordinance 19-10 to promote equality and human rights throughout the County.

Responsibilities include attending monthly HRAC meetings, participating in ad hoc board committees, and assisting the Human Rights Coordinator in educating the public about Human Rights and the HRAC through community & educational activities.

An interested candidate must be a permanent resident of Barnstable County. Persons with varied language skills and diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply!   Please submit a letter of interest and resume/bio, by e-mail to, or via mail to Susan Quinones, Coordinator, BC Human Rights Advisory Commission, Candidate Application, P.O. Box 427, Barnstable, MA 02630.  Applications MUST be received no later than Friday, October 16, 2020, at 4:00 PM!

Interviews to be held the week of October 26, 2020, for those selected.

For additional information about the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission, please go to Questions can be directed to the B.C. Human Rights Coordinator, Susan Quinones at (508) 375-6611 or




Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It’s a time to deepen our attention to the histories, experiences, and contributions of Hispanic American peoples including Latinx communities.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.


Early Voting Support for Persons with Disabilities

Both federal law and state requirements mandate that voting systems be equipped for voters with disabilities allowing such voters to have the same opportunity to vote privately and independently. It is required that every precinct must have at least one accessible voting machine available.

There is at least one accessible marking unit in every polling place in Massachusetts. The AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminals are marking devices that use audio cue capacity for visually impaired voters. The AutoMark also has a feature that will greatly magnify the ballot or display the ballot high-contrast for voters that have limited visual impairment. The AutoMark can also produce an oral report to the voter as the choices selected prior to the voter printing the ballot.

For more information on the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal, please visit AutoMARK Video.

Please go to this link for more information

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases [like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia] through on-time vaccination.

During the Pandemic it is especially important for adults 65 or older, children 2 years or younger, and persons with certain medical conditions to receive the Pheumococcal Vaccination.During NIAM, BCHRAC encourages you talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure you and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines.

We also encourage you to visit CDC’s Interactive Vaccine Guide, which provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your child’s life.
As your children head back to school this fall, make sure vaccination is at the top of your checklist. August is also a key time to make sure you are up to date on all the vaccines you need to stay healthy. Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you.
Help us spread the word! and use #ivax2protect to share why you choose to vaccinate.

Nominations Now Open for Second Annual Tim McCarthy Human Rights Champion Award


July 20, 2020

For further information, please contact Dr. Brian O’Malley at


Nominations are now open for the second Annual Tim McCarthy Human Rights Champion Award, honoring the memory of the long-time Outer Cape- and world- activist who died in 2018.

This award gives recognition to the Tim McCarthy Human Rights Champion, “…an individual or organization with a Cape Cod connection, working effectively to promote human rights, as affirmed in the United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” These include dignity, liberty, and equality; spiritual, public and political freedoms of thought, opinion, religion, conscience and peaceful association; cultural rights including the right to healthcare and an adequate standard of living; establishment of these rights and the organizational structures to empower the individual.

The Tim Fund also adds the following considerations: environmental rights and LGBTQ rights.

Last December, the first Champion Award went to Rev. Brenda Haywood, of Provincetown.

A panel of respected local rights activists have agreed to collectively select this year’s award recipient, who will receive a $2,000 Award Grant, to further their activism and human rights work.The Award is expected be given on December 10, 2020 at the annual Barnstable County Human Rights Day Breakfast in Hyannis. The awardee will make a short presentation about their work.

Nominations for the Human Rights Champion Award will be accepted through Friday October 16, 2020. Nominators are asked to fill out the application either online at, or by mail to:

The Tim Fund, ℅ The Provincetown Community Compact

PO Box 819, Provincetown, MA 02657.

The Provincetown Community Compact is the acting fiscal sponsor for The Tim Fund.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Fund are greatly appreciated, either online or by mail, to the above addresses.

Local High School Alumni Call for Curriculum to Include More Black and Indigenous History

School officials in Sandwich and in Barnstable will meet with graduates in the coming days to discuss how to better include Black and Indigenous history and discussions on race and racism into school curricula. The meetings stem from two separate letters written and signed by more than 15-hundred  alumni from both districts asking for these changes.

WCAI’s Kathryn Eident talked with Sandwich High School class of 2018 graduate Clare Mulroy and Barnstable High School graduating senior Margo Silliman about what they’d like to see happen in their former school districts. She asked Margo Silliman what prompted her to sign on as a letter writer along with six other authors. Margo said she’s realized she has a lot to learn about race as a white woman about to enter college.

Listen to the interview at

No One “White” Way to Organize: Conversations with White Anti-Racist Organizers – Webinar Series

Join People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB) for No One “White” Way to Organize: Conversations with White Anti-Racist Organizers, a series of 5 virtual sessions – each lasting 1-½ hours – that will take place between July 12-18, 2020. These events are part of Liberation Rising, a fundraiser for The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB).

This series of virtual community events not just for white anti-racist organizers, but also for white people who want to do something to undo racism and who may be new to organizing or to racial justice work. Each session will begin with a dialogue between or among white organizers about their journeys, and what it means to be committed anti-racist organizers.

REGISTER TODAY FOR ANY OR ALL OF THESE FREE SESSIONS! Pre-registration is required. Please register here.

We will do our best to record and send out all the sessions to folks who register.  HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN AS MANY OF THE SESSIONS AS YOU LIKE!


*Sunday, July 12th, 4:00pm-5:30pm East — Organizing Our Families: A Conversation with Trish Farley & Mary Farley

*Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30pm-8:00pm East — Educating and Being Educated: A Conversation with Chris Black & Steve Quester

*Wednesday, July 15th, 6:30pm-8:00pm East — Journeys Into the Work: A Conversation with Bonnie Cushing & Stoop Nilsson

*Thursday, July 16th, 6:30pm-8:00pm East — Taking Leadership from People of Color: A Conversation with Pat Maher & McKay Sharpe

*Saturday, July 18th, 10:00-11:30am East — An Antiracist Family: A Conversation with Margery Freeman, David Billings and their children

DONATIONS: While the sessions are free, we ask that you make a contribution to PISAB. If you can, please consider becoming a monthly PISAB donor to sustain the work of Undoing Racism!

WHO WE ARE:For 40 years, PISAB has been offering Undoing Racism & Community Organizing workshops and supporting groups and institutions as they seek to build a society free of racism. PISAB is People of Color-led and strives to maintain accountability to communities most impacted by racism.PISAB is group of white anti-racist organizers from the Northeast Region of the U.S. who are part of the multiracial collective of PISAB.  We were inspired to organize this community conversation series because of our connection with PISAB, which gives us an analysis of racism plus the fortitude and strength to understand our present relationship to our past, as individuals and as a society.