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Representing the towns of Arlington, Everett, Malden, Medford, Winchester, and Woburn.

Join us in our fight for equality, civil rights, and community support within the Mystic Valley Area!

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Survey Closes 3/31/23 

 The 2023 People’s Budget Survey is now live and open through Friday March 31st. The survey will be used to collect the opinions of Malden residents to inform the City Council about the populace’s needs and wants for the 2023 - 2024 city budget.
Fill out the survey here!

What's Happening

What's new

Join the new Membership and Outreach Committee!

Our current membership is very active and involved in many areas of justice, diversity and equity in our six communities of Arlington, Everett, Malden, Medford, Winchester and Woburn. But, there is so much more we could be doing with more members.

We're asking for your help! We could use more folks on the Membership and Outreach Committee, ideally one or two per community. Please reach out to the committee chair, Gordon McIntosh if you are interested!

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Association of Black Citizens of Lexington presents:

Billy Kilson Quartet: A Tribute Concert to Jazz Drummer/Teacher Alan Dawson

Saturday April 1, at 7:30pm.
Purchase Tickets Here

Multiple Grammy award winning drummer, Billy Kilson headlines this celebration of Alan Dawson. Alan was a teacher who mentored and inspired Billy. In addition to teaching at the Berklee College of Music, Billy tours internationally. He has performed with several famous musicians including Dave Holland, David Sanborn, Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal, Ron Carter, Burt Bacharach, Glady’s Knight, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Botti and Sting.


The Billy Kilson Jazz Quartet features Bill Pierce on Saxophone, Ron Mahdi on Bass, Russ Hoffman on Piano, and Billy Kilson on Drums. They will perform arrangements written by Alan Dawson and some favorites from Alan's discography.

The Lexington High School Jazz Combo will open for the Billy Kilson Jazz Quartet.  Founded in 1984, the group has performed extensively all over the country and in Europe, including the Monterrey Jazz Festival, the Montreax Jazz Festival, the Jazz Educators Network Conference, and the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in New York.  Honors include top prizes at the Mingus Festival, the UMass Jazz Festival and the UNH Jazz Festival.

Pre-Concert Discussion at 6:30 with Billy Kilson and John Ramsay. John is the former head of percussion at The Berklee College of Music who studied with Alan Dawson, Max Roach, and Art Blakey. John has also written two books, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messages, and The Drummer’s Complete Vocabulary as Taught by Alan Dawson. John teaches in the Lexington home studio where Alan taught Billy and him.

Save the date!
 Mystic River Watershed Association's 27th Annual Herring Run and Paddle event is happening on May 21st, 2023!
Find more info here and register.

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Curious about the impacts and effectiveness of restorative justice practices- join the conversation!
Find more information and register here

The return of the Annual Wine Tasting for 2022 was a success!
Check out a recap of the program here.

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AdMeTech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending the prostate cancer crisis by advancing early detection and treatment, and is a supporter and partner of the NAACP New England Area Conference (NEAC). Dr. Faina Shtern, President of AdMeTech Foundation, presents the Prostate Cancer Equity Program in Massachusetts.

Cheers to 50 Years Clean Water Action's 50th Anniversary and Annual Fall Celebration in MA
Clean Water Action received the Clean Water Champion award at CleanWaterMA 's 50th Anniversary and Annual Fall Celebration on October 6th. In case you missed the event, check out the program here and the video recording below!

Recent Releases


The newly established Environmental Justice Committee partnered with the Clean Water Fund, to host #Get The Lead Out, a hybrid program to educate community members that there is no safe level of lead- not in drinking water, nor in the human body. If you weren't able to attend, check out the recording!

In Spring 2021, the Reparations Committee called more than 400 members of Congress, including every member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, during the lead up to their historic markup of H.R. 401. The committee continues to engage legislators through Chapter Conversations. In June 2021, the committee had a Chapter Conversation with Assistant Speaker, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, who serves the Fifth District of Massachusetts, on A Political History of America's Black Reparations Movement.


We are grateful for the support of our members and others who want to help us pursue social justice.


Your donation helps ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of everyone in our community. 

Mystic Valley Area Branch is a 501(c)(4) organization. Gifts and contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, a portion of your dues is passed on to the NAACP National Organization, and these payments are tax deductible. Please contact them to obtain the applicable tax deductible amount.

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