At our November meeting, after many long discussions, we changed our name from "Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect" to Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights."
We feel the'"Civil Rights" phrase better reflects our continuing involvement in racial and social justice issues, and the word "Communities" expresses our desire to include others outside of Bridgewater who would like to join us.
TAB is a skill-building process that helps participants know when they are bystanders, to analyze situations, and evaluate consequences.
TAB gives bystanders the competencies to create action plans in the moment of need or later.
Active bystandership means taking responsible action to help people in need, instead of remaining passive and becoming complicit. It does not mean aggression against the harm doer.
TAB is also about responding positively to helpful behaviors, and engaging with people beyond your normal circle.
Click here to learn how BCCR became involved in TAB.
April 13, 2020 Forum
Towards Being an LGBTQ+ Inclusive Community Panel Members MA Transgender Political Coalition Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Raynham Parent Bridgewater State University (BSU) Students BSU Pride Center
This LGBTQ Forum, although highly anticipated, had to be canceled due to the COVID Pandemic.
February 10, 2020 From We to Me: Reframing white-centric power in schools BCCR Bridgewater State University The National Association for Multicultural Education
February 10, 2019 Forum Finding Common Ground On Immigration Sponsored by BCCR and Bridgewater Public Library
BCCR Announce 4 Forums
October & December 2018 February & April 2019 Sponsored by BCCR and the Bridgewater Public Library
Being Neighborly Finding Common Ground
October 20, 2018
Active Bystander Training Bridgewater Academy Building Central Square, Bridgewater
BCCR’s Involvement with Training Active Bystanders BCCR member Beryl Domingo was the moving force behind BCCR’s involvement with TAB trainings. In the summer of 2017, she read a Boston Globe article about Quabbin Mediation’s Training Active Bystander (TAB) program. Believing TAB would help communities feel empowered to intervene when witnessing inappropriate or harmful behavior and speech, she researched TAB programs, and presented her research at a BCCR meeting, where members decided on the Quabbin program.
BCCR received a Bridgewater State University (BSU) Community Initiatives Partnership (CIP) grant and partnered with the Center for Middle East Studies (CMES) at BSU for the project. The first training was held at the Bridgewater Senior Center on 11/14/2017; other trainings followed.
TAB Training for Trainers (T4T) Some BCCR members were interested in becoming TAB trainers and were able to do so (along with individuals from other communities) after BCCR was awarded a second BSU CIP grant, this one co-sponsored by CMES and the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Bridgewater (FPUUB). The BCCR team conducted seven TAB trainings between October, 2018, and September, 2019, in locations that included Boxboro, Bridgewater (Town Employees), Dorchester, Easton, and Hingham.
BCCR also applied for and received grants from the Bridgewater Cultural Council and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund between 2020 and 2022.
Prior to COVID, trainings were in person; beginning with the pandemic, and continuing today, trainings are virtual via Zoom. The last BCCR-sponsored training took place on October 3, 2021, and the last time the BCCR Team taught was on January 25, 2022.
2019 TAB training for Bridgewater, MA Town Staff at the Academy Building in Bridgewater.
This in-person class was held before the COVID pandemic. All classes are now held virtually via Zoom
"One of the byproducts of the current presidential cycle has been an increase in confrontational and heated speech between supporters of various candidates, as well as between people with differing political and cultural views. A group that's recently formed in the town of Bridgewater seeks to stem the uptick in hate speech on the local level."
To read or listen to the entire report, click here. This segment aired on April 21, 2016. Reported by Steve Brown, WBUR's Senior State House Report
March 14, 2016
Bridgewater Citizens for Civility And Respect* Holds Forum at Bridgewater Senior Center
The forum, "Embracing Civility," will feature a discussion of hate speech incidents
*BCCR's name was changed to Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights in 2020
Not in Our Town Bridgewater Group Forms Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect*
After witnessing an incident of Islamophobic hate speech in the Bridgewater Post Office on December 8th, 2015, a local woman reached out to friends and acquaintances. They've formed Bridgewater Citizens for Civility and Respect,* and discussed the importance of speaking out against bigotry.
To read the Wicked Local article, click here. *BCCR's name was changed in 2020 to Bridgewater Communities for Civil RIghts.