Hull’s No Place for Hate is a nonpartisan town committee dedicated to “building bridges of understanding” while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among all members of the community.
“It is our goal to unite people to promote a just and inclusive community, provide support and education on diversity, and to celebrate our differences,” Chair Rhoda Kanet told the Select Board during Wednesday’s remote meeting.
At NPFH’s request, the board voted in support of maintaining Hull’s NPFH as a town committee as it is now, comprised of 11 voting members from the community who will serve staggered terms – at least nine of whom must be residents. This arrangement allows a rabbi or pastor from a local house of worship who may not live in Hull to sit on the committee.
Ex officio (non-voting) members will include a representative from the Select Board, School Committee, Council on Aging, and Hull Pride, Town Counsel, first responders, and a youth, or their designee(s). (Details about applying for a seat on the committee are expected to be available soon.)
“We would like to cultivate more resources so that, as different issues arise, we can advise people in a way that will lead to a resolution,” Kanet said.
She outlined several objectives, including raising the community’s understanding and awareness of discrimination, racism, bigotry, sexism, fear, hatred, and other forms of social injustice and responding appropriately should such an incident occur.
Expected activities include providing educational programming through the continuation of NPFH’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. events, cultural diversity programming, ongoing publication of inspirational quotes in The Hull Times, and hosting speakers on relevant timely topics.
NPFH member Pam Wolfe explained that the committee’s goal is “to bring people together to meet and to get to know one another and to find ways to make our town an even more welcoming place.
“We’re not anticipating problems or trouble, but we want to be proactive and for the people of Hull to have a clear understanding of who we are and to be [part of] celebrating the diversity of us all,” Wolfe said.
Town Manager Philip Lemnios acknowledged NPFH’s “good work” and the committee’s reinvigoration efforts as a positive step.