Good stuff .... hapnin round town!
Events and other worthy groups around town – there are a number of good causes and traditions that take place around Wayland. We want to create a vibrant resource where Dads can find those activities and get involved with their kids. If you have worthy causes or local groups that deserve attention, please let us know. Here are a few groups we are involved with today and excited to support.
April 2018 - a note after Wayland's Town Meeting
After Town Meeting and the general frustrations with our current decision making process, many folks joined a Facebook group called WayForward. If you haven't joined the group, take a moment to join the group and be a part of the discussion. If we are going to change the process, we need people to step up, get on Committees, go to meetings and make proposals. People are and government are open to change, it just takes time and leadership.
The WayForward group organizers are planning on holding an information session to gain more insight and better coordinate the group's efforts. For significant change to take place, we need committed and dedicated people to set a course for others to follow. Join the group and get involved!
February 2018 - a request from Malcolm Astley
I have spoken with nearly all many of you at one time or another about the positive potentials of boys and men joining together to see what we might do to help prevent violence in our communities, toward females, males and other genders. The most recent event in Parkland, Florida; the pervasive number of mass murders and violent acts toward women, men and minority genders across our country; and of course my daughter Lauren’s murder (one of 3 to 4 a day largely by males in our country, about 80,000 in our life times) keep spurring me on to ponder how we can take measured steps the better to prevent such violent acts, loss, pain and expense together. ($50,000 per inmate per year.) Let’s better spend that money upstream on prevention.
I have come to think that shame, isolation, lacks in social-emotional literacy, easy and rapid fire gun availability, hyper and toxic masculinity, deficient risk assessments, and media and pornography influences in our culture are important components of the problem we need to address patiently and persistently step by step.
The Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable will be holding a relevant gathering from about 3-4:30 on Tuesday, March 13 at the Wayland Public Safety Building Community Room where we will raise a flag together opposing gender based violence of all kinds, and watch and discuss two videos related to men taking initiatives, small and large, together to prevent such violence.
I hope you can find a way to join us, busy as we all are, and contribute your ideas as to what practical steps we can commit to and take toward prevention. When the 19th Amendment was passed in 1919 giving women their due right to vote after 75 years of efforts, one key element for success was the formation of men’s leagues in support of women’s right to vote. (The grand left over remnant now are the Leagues of Women Voters.) It’s time to form similar leagues of men again, this time for the right to safety and freedom from violence. We have come so far, and we have further to go.
The Patriots in joining with Maura Healey’s office, Jane Doe, Inc., Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and the LaurenDunneAstleyMemorialFund.org helped launch a related initiative in contributing 1.5 million dollars, in part for the training of 80 violence prevention teams in nearly 100 of the 250 high schools in Massachusetts. (Our local high schools have such teams!) Let’s enlarge the encouraging initiative, and see what else we can launch in Wayland and surrounding communities where there are 20-40 restraining orders in effect at any given time.
Please let me know if you can come on Tuesday, March 13 at 3 PM, Wayland Public Safety Building, and thanks for considering it.
Please forward this to others you think might be interested. And your ideas as to best small and large next steps are also welcome right now!
Cochituate Breakfast Club – This is a great Wayland tradition open to all Wayland's elementary schoolchildren and their fathers. It is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your sons or daughters and meet other dads in town.
Father & Sons first Wednesday of the month
Father & Daughters third Wednesday of the month