Sign Petition To Stop Hate in Framingham

This was submitted to Source by Liz Garrigan-Byerly.

FRAMINGHAM – We are deeply disturbed by the racist, sexist and homophobic exchanges between Framingham Youth Football & Cheerleading coaches that were exposed this week.

These coaches were entrusted with the most vulnerable and impressionable members of our community, our youth. The damage they have done is serious.

Trust has been broken, the community is hurting and our children are not safe. We need transparency and an independent investigation to bring integrity, wholeness and restoration.

Coming on the heels of anti-semitic and racist incidents in our schools, we are compelled to call out the evil of racism and bigotry in our community and to call upon the community to engage in serious and meaningful dialogue about the deep roots of racism in our culture and community. 

Racism and other forms of systemic oppression are woven into the fabric of our national history, identity and governance. So too are the values of equality and freedom, and the courage to make them real for all people. 

We call upon the entire Framingham community to be courageous in this troubling moment.

We commit to having real conversations about the underlying issues of systemic racism and hatred. We commit to exploring our own biases, privileges and hatreds until they no longer have power over us. We commit to leading the community to embody the values of equality and equity for all our residents.

We commit to staying the course and we ask you to join us. Martin Luther King, Jr, once said, “For evil to succeed, all it needs is for good men [sic] to do nothing.” May we not let evil succeed in Framingham.


Liz Garrigan-Byerly, Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity Network & FPS parent

Rev. Dr. Debbie Clark, Edwards Church, UCC & Open Spirit

Susan Petroni, Owner of Framingham SOURCE

Dr. Martin Cohen, Metrowest Health Foundation

Rabbi Sharon Sobel, Temple Beth Am

Dr. Anna Cross, Metrowest Nonprofit Network

Terry Carl

Suze Craighead

Rev. Don Remick, MACUCC

Rev. Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd, Greater Framingham Community Church

Rev. Greg Morisse, Plymouth UCC

Rev. Will Tanner, Plymouth UCC

Father Don Pachuta, St. Luke’s

Mrs. Shaheen Akhtar

Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris, First Parish Framingham

Rev. Dr. Fran Bogle

Peggy Harrison

Wider Missions Board of Edwards Church

Helen Berman

Rev. Dorian Botsis

Heather Gonzalez

Dr. Ronda Yeomans

Rev. Dr. Karen Nell Smith, Edwards Church

Eleanor Kell

Robin Bevilacqua


Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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