Past Events Spotlight
The Wrongful Conviction of Sean Ellis
Sean Ellis, a former Needham High School Metco Student, spent 21 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He was recently released from prison, and thanks to Joined in Action, Needham residents were able to meet Sean and hear his story first hand.
Unfortunately, Sean may be forced to stand trial again.
Learn more HERE
Sign a petition and find more ways to help Sean HERE
Needham Vigil in Solidarity with Charlottesville
In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, where 3 died during a rally of white supremacists, Needhamites gathered in solidarity to denounce racism and all types hatred.
Jose Antonio Vargas at the Congregational Church
Pulitzer Prize winning Journalist and Filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, spoke at the Congregational Church on June 10th to a crowd of over 350 Needhamites and neighbors. He shared with the audience the inspirational story of his coming out as an undocumented immigrant despite the risk of being deported. He also spoke about the work he’s doing through his non-profit organization “Define American” to raise awarenss of the need for immigration reform. The event also included the presentation of the First Annual “Progressive Needham Persistance Awards” to local activists for their committment to social action.
Rise Against Hunger Event at the Carter Church
Members of the Needham community gathered to package healthy dehydrated meals for people in need throughout the world. In less than 2 hours 10,000 meals were packaged, boxed and made ready for transport.
Some Needhamites gathered at Boston Common for the Annual Climate Change Rally. Attendees listened to a series of guest speakers and participated in workshops and other activities throughout the afternoon.
While other Needhamites visited the Icons of the Civil Rights Movement exhibit at the First Parish Church. On display was a series of paintings by Pamela Purdy, honoring and telling the tragic and heroic stories of civil rights activists.
Meet & Greet with Jay Gonzalez Democratic Candidate for Governor
Interested Needhamites listened to and talked with declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez at the Hutchesons’ home in Needham on Sunday March 26th. The casual gathering was a great chance to meet Jay and find out why he feels so passionately about running for Governor. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about Jay’s vision for Massachusetts and what he aims to achieve if he wins the election.
The Environmental Voter Project Phone Bank Training
On Sunday, March 26th, a dozen environmentally conscious people met at First Parish Church in Needham to participate in the Environmental Voter Project (EVP). The EVP is an effort to increase voter turnout of environmentally aware citizens. Right now, the EVP is targeting likely environmentalists in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, encouraging people to vote in the April 18th Special Election to replace Tom Price.
The volunteers at the meeting were a mix of new and long-time political activists in the area. Peter Polga-Hecimovich led the meeting, starting off by explaining the goal, method, and “how to’s” of this effort, as well as how the success of this type of campaign has been measured before. Several people started dialing right away, and others took away a plan to make calls from home.
The Witness for Justice Vigil
The Witness for Justice Vigil on the Needham Town Common on inauguration day offered our community an opportunity to express concerns about the growing divisiveness amongst American citizens that we’ve witnessed in the wake of the recent Presidential election. Attendees stood in unity that day and renewed their commitment to working together with fellow activists to protect the integrity of our democracy and the rights of all Americans.