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Newton Upstanders

Our Values

Newton Upstanders is dedicated to upholding our community's commitment to embracing diversity and creating a welcoming culture based on equity, inclusion, and belonging for everyone. We believe that celebrating people of varying races, gender identities, sexual orientations, neurodiversities, abilities, ages, religions, and countries of origin makes us a stronger and more vibrant community. We are dedicated to supporting the programs, policies, and practices that uplift marginalized communities and amplify the voices of those who are so often silenced.

Recognizing the insidious influence of some national organizations on local actions, we resist efforts to undermine DEI programs and policies. We pledge to take action when we see others being harmed or in response to attacks on our widely held community values.

There is no place for hate in Newton.

Signatories

The signatories below affirm that they are in agreement with the Newton Upstanders value statement above. Signing below is NOT an endorsement of all Newton Upstanders' actions, statements, positions, etc.

 

292 names and counting! 

  • Jen Abbott

  • Laura Rees Acosta

  • Will Adams

  • Melanie Adler, MPH

  • Jack Agnew

  • Susan Albright, Newton City Councilor

  • Cristina Alexander, MD

  • Amy Allen

  • Anna A. Allen

  • Jo-Louise  Allen, Advocate  

  • Terry Altherr

  • Jessica Archer

  • Claudia Arno

  • Wendy Atamian, RN ACM

  • Jacqueline Badeau

  • Jesse Baerkahn

  • Barry Balszac

  • Kristin Barrali, Newton Runner

  • Peter Barrer 

  • Dina Becker

  • David Bedar

  • Jonathan Beit-Aharon

  • Megara Bell

  • David Bennett

  • Kate Bennett

  • Mary Ellen Benoit

  • Kathleen Bergman

  • Carol Berlin

  • Lois Biener

  • Melissa Birke Chu

  • Martha Bixby, Candidate for Newton City Council, Ward 6 

  • Robert Bloom

  • Arienne Bloomingdale, MPH

  • Naila Bolus

  • Alicia Bowman, Newton City Councilor

  • Derrick Brantley

  • Kiki Brantley 

  • Cheryl Bratt

  • Michelle Briand

  • Angela Brooks

  • Sarah F. Brown

  • Tom Brown

  • Arielle Burgos, Grade 2 Teacher

  • Nanci Ginty Butler

  • Joana Canedo

  • Kate Carpenter Bernier, Newton Youth Success Collaborative

  • Karen Carroll Bennett 

  • Edmund Case

  • Jessi Champion

  • Denise Chicoine

  • Susan Cleaver

  • Andy Cohen

  • Nadine Cohen

  • Sherry Cohen

  • Becca Connors

  • Deb Crossley, Newton City Councilor 

  • Kyle Crossley

  • Lindsay Crossley 

  • Elana Cutler

  • Michael Dailey II

  • Bill Dain

  • Lauren Dale, M.Ed.

  • Vicki Danberg, Newton City Councilor

  • Sara Dash

  • Susan Davidoff

  • Kate DeVagno

  • Natalie DiBona

  • Richard DiBona

  • Andreae Downs, Newton City Councilor 

  • John Dundon

  • Derek Dunn

  • Christine Dutt

  • Mark Dwortzan

  • Heidi Elliot

  • Natalia M. Espinal

  • Sana Fadel

  • Eric Fauman, PhD

  • John Ficarelli, DMD

  • Ellen Fink

  • Shawn Fitzgibbons

  • Pamela Fleischmann

  • Marguerite Fletcher

  • Courtney Foster, NSHS '14

  • Michelle Frayman

  • Eric Friedman

  • Carol Fulton

  • Elizabeth Gagnon

  • James Gagnon

  • Jenny Gamson

  • Nicole Gann

  • Karen Ghiron

  • Nathan S. Gibson, Newton Upstanders Representative

  • Robert Gifford

  • Jan Gilpin

  • Chelsey Goddard

  • Peter Goddard

  • Frances Godine

  • Roberta Goganian

  • Diana F. Gomberg

  • Richard Gomberg

  • Naomi Grace, NPS Parent

  • Maria Scibelli Greenberg, Newton City Councilor 

  • Rhoda Greenspan

  • Karen Guttentag

  • Elizabeth Haas, LICSW

  • Brooke Haley

  • Jason Harburger

  • Aude Henin

  • Joshua Herzig-Marx

  • Judy Herzig-Marx, LICSW

  • Susan Heyman

  • Lynn Hilton

  • Liz Hiser

  • Ruth Hoberman

  • Bill Hoch

  • Mona Hochberg

  • Deanna Hoffman

  • Deb Hoffman 

  • Evan R. Hoffman 

  • Bill Humphrey, Newton City Councilor

  • Carrie Jasper

  • Rachel Jellinek

  • Ima Jonsdottir

  • Kathy Kaditz, Retired Educator

  • Stacy Kaplan

  • Neal Karasic

  • Susan Kass

  • Mary Beth Keiller

  • Andrea Kelley, Newton City Councilor 

  • Rev. Cheryl Kerr

  • Tony Kill

  • Eli Kirshenbaum

  • Rebecca Kirshenbaum

  • Christine Koltookian Carey

  • Jaimie Kraus

  • Josh Krintzman, Newton City Councilor  

  • Alyce Kuklinski 

  • Ann LaBrache, MSW, LICSW

  • Clare Landrigan, National Literacy Consultant, Author, and Book Advocate

  • Alison Leary, Newton City Councilor

  • Caroline Lee

  • Cristina Lete, MD

  • Sarah Link

  • Brooke Lipsitt

  • Sarah Lipsitt, MEd

  • Hai Ly

  • Mitch Lyons, Founder, Social Emotional Alliance for Massachusetts 

  • Matthew Manne

  • Michelle Manne 

  • Cindy Mapes

  • Cindy Marshall

  • Rosa Marzen

  • Emily Franklin McAdams

  • Karen McConnell

  • Kevn McCormick

  • Jacqueline McDonald

  • Ryan McGlothlin

  • Julie McLaughlin

  • Lisa McLellan

  • Madeline McNeely

  • Leslie Miller, LICSW 

  • Matthew Miller,  Former Newton School Committee Member

  • Susan Mirsky

  • Jen Molinsky

  • Lisa Monahan

  • Rielle Montague

  • Samantha Morton, JD

  • Krissy Munroe 

  • Laurie Murphy

  • Anne Nash

  • Elizabeth Newstadt 

  • Brenda Noel, Newton City Councilor

  • Ryan Normandin

  • Emily Norton, Newton City Councilor

  • Joyce Notine

  • Elana November

  • Amelia Oliver

  • Susan Paley

  • Lucia Panichella

  • Mimi Pantuhova, Psy.D

  • Ellen Pashall

  • Nyssa Patten

  • Mary Ann Payne

  • Larisa Pazmino

  • Nathan Persampieri

  • Samara Peters, DO

  • Brooke Peterson

  • Kara Peterson, Newton Upstanders Representative

  • Sandy Peterson

  • Thomas Peterson

  • Anthony Piemonte

  • Stacey Piemonte

  • Kathy Pillsbury

  • Angela Pitter

  • Jenna Poras

  • Neil Potel

  • Dan Powdermaker

  • Heather Pozen

  • Kerry Prasad

  • David Proia

  • Elizabeth Puleo

  • Edith Puthie

  • Rachel Pytel

  • Jessica Raider

  • Bianca Rameau Sullivan

  • Ralph Ranalli

  • Catherine Dun Rappaport

  • Greg Reibman

  • Michelle Remeny

  • Stephen Reuys

  • Elyse Riegel, MSN-PNP, BSN

  • David Rockwell, Former Dir of Lending, MassHsgPtnp (now retired)

  • Sean Roche

  • Max Roberts

  • Jenny Robertson 

  • Alfredo Roldán-Flores, MS, OTR/L 

  • Ann Rounseville

  • Dan Rub

  • Laurie Ruskin 

  • Holly Ryan, Newton City Councilor 

  • Alissa Saginaw, BFA

  • Leo Sarkissian 

  • Supria Sarma, PhD, FORJ NNHS

  • Ingrid Chiemi Schroffner

  • Caren Seagraves

  • Rebecca Segal

  • Sandra Seru

  • Roopshree Shah

  • Allison Sharma

  • Ali Sherman, MD, NNHS ‘98, NPS parent 

  • Kathleen Shields, Vice Chair, Newton School Committee  

  • Jeffrey Shoulson

  • Shachi Shrestha, LICSW

  • Emily Shumsky

  • Jeffrey Sigel

  • Anne Sills

  • Becky Silva

  • Howie Silverman

  • Hodaya Jane Slutsky

  • Frederick Smith, MD - Retired

  • Peter Smith, AIA

  • Richard Smith

  • Dan Smythe

  • Shana Smythe

  • Stefanie Solomon

  • Renee Southiere

  • Sara Spaulding

  • Kim Spencer

  • Alex Steenstrup, He/They 

  • Andrea Steenstrup

  • Niels Steenstrup

  • David Stein

  • Gail Stein

  • Andrew Steinberg

  • Christin Stella

  • Caroline Stewart

  • Deborah Stolbach

  • Carolyn Stone

  • Erica Streit-Kaplan

  • Monic Sun

  • Doris Ann Sweet, Candidate for Newton City Council, Ward 4 

  • Marcia Tabenken

  • Jennine Tambio

  • Chuck Tanowitz

  • Jesse Tauriac, PhD

  • Heather Tausig

  • Holden Tewdichs

  • Alison Thurber

  • Adam Towvim

  • Laura Towvim, Newton Upstanders Representative

  • Miriam Tuchman

  • Daniel Twohig

  • Mina Vahedi

  • Lisa Vazquez 

  • Nathan Walker

  • Catharine Wang, PhD

  • Jean Weinberg

  • Cheryl Weiner, MPH, PhD

  • Lynn Weissberg

  • Stephanie Weitzman

  • Brooke Welles

  • James Wieder

  • Margery Wieder

  • Tamara Wieder

  • Heather Wilcauskas

  • Suzy Willard Rosenthal

  • Tristina Winbush

  • Lauren Wise

  • Amy Yok-Ming Wong, BS

  • Alan Wong

  • Nancy Zollers

  • Beth Zwick

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