Preserving Freedom through unity in the community.
celebrating mlk Day 2021: Hyppolite Ntigurirwa talks to the community of Hopkinton
Hyppolite Ntigurirwa is an artist, activist, and founder of Be the Peace, an organization focusing on the use of art to halt the intergenerational transmission of hate and to promote the power of cross-generational healing. A child survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, Hyppolite continues to promote reconciliation and peace throughout Rwanda. In 2019, he envisioned and conducted the “Be the Peace Walk,” a 100-day performance piece in which he walked across the country in commemoration of 25 years since the end of the genocide.
The mission of the Hopkinton Freedom Team is to "preserve freedom through unity in the community." Its members meet monthly to explore ways of offering dialogue and support to individuals and the entire community with a goal of promoting love, inclusion and trust (“LIT”) and moving beyond tolerance to embracing, celebrating and sharing our community’s diversity.
Residents of Hopkinton are urged to call the hotline or contact the Hopkinton Freedom Team at www.hopkintonfreedomteam.org if they have experienced or witnessed bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence. The Freedom Team will offer a safe, confidential and respectful space to discuss the incident using a transformative justice model not only to try to repair the harm through inclusion, trust and equity, but also to educate and strengthen the community. The Freedom Team stands for inclusion and provides support and opportunity for reconciliation to people who experience threats, harassment or violence related to race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or class.
The first Freedom Team was formed in 2016 in Natick through the inspiration of Jamele Adams; the Hopkinton Freedom Team formed in 2020.
Hopkinton Freedom Team Membership
Your membership starts with a pledge to promote love, inclusion and trust within our community.
Every year our town of Hopkinton becomes world-renowned as a place of world-wide unity and common ground for thousands of people who come here from all over the world to run in The Boston Marathon. In a way, this is the same intention of The Freedom Team. Our wish is to promote this same sense of being a welcoming town to all its residents as well as visitors by growing more inclusive-minded and welcoming as a community for all people. Our ultimate dream goal is to have every resident of our town sign up for general membership to the Freedom Team and its mission to promote love, inclusion and trust within our community.
You are invited to sign up for general membership to The Freedom Team by submitting a pledge form below and sharing what you have done to bring more unity, peace and acceptance to Hopkinton and beyond.