You can help change the Massachusetts flag and seal.

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For more than 50 years, Indigenous leaders have been calling for the Flag and Seal of Massachusetts to be changed.

On January 6th, 2021, the Massachusetts Legislature approved a bill to establish a Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth, and to invite Native leaders from the Wampanoag, Nipmuc, and Massachusett nations to sit with state legislators, historians, and other appointees on this 19-member panel. The Special Commission is charged with making recommendations for changes to the Massachusetts flag and seal, and also with making recommendations for an educational program on the history and meaning of the flag and seal. 

Our voices in support of this historic process are needed now! The time has come to change the Massachusetts flag and seal.

Why is a change needed?

The imagery of the Massachusetts Flag and Seal – a white hand holding a Colonial sword over the head of an Indigenous person, above a Latin motto that translates: “She Seeks by the Sword a Quiet Peace under Liberty” – is seen by many as a symbol of violence against Indigenous people, and a memorial to the violent colonization of their homelands. Finally, Native leaders of the area are being consulted about a new design for a flag and seal that may better express the ideals of peace, justice, and equality for all the people who now call the Commonwealth their home.

Here's how you can help

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Contact legislators

Contact your state legislators and urge them to support the work of the Special Commission, to change the flag and seal of Massachusetts.

Follow this link to find out who your state legislators are.

Take action

Support other Indigenous-backed legislation pending in the state legislature,  including bills to ban the use of Native mascots in public schools in the Commonwealth, to Celebrate and Teach Native Culture and History in public schools, to Protect Native Heritage, and to Recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day in Massachusetts. Send an automated letter here. 

Get involved locally

If your city or town has not yet voted to support changing the Massachusetts flag and seal, view the map below and contact us. We will let you know the steps you can take to add your city or town to that growing list.

Has your city or town already voted to support changing the flag and seal?

If not, contact us and let’s work together to make that happen. Select a highlighted town or city on the map below to learn more.

Massachusetts town map
Ashfield Amherst Harwich Deerfield Belmont Bolton Lunenburg Great Barrington Athol Barre Petersham Stockbridge Easthampton Pittsfield Acton Williamsburg Sturbridge Newburyport Ipswich Rowley Bernardston Brewster Brookline Buckland Cambridge Chatham Colrain Conway Cummington Dennis Eastham Erving Gill Greenfield Hadley Heath Leverett Leyden Lincoln Montague New Salem Northampton Northfield Orange Orleans Pelham Plainfield Provincetown Rowe Royalston Shelburne Shutesbury Sunderland Truro Warwick Wellfleet Wendell Whately Windsor Melrose Charlemont Franklin

Ashfield

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Amherst

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: City Council

Harwich

Voted against: 2019

Deerfield

Government type: Open Town Meeting
Voted in Favor: April 25th, 2022

Belmont

Government type: Representative Town Meeting
Voted in Favor: 221 to 20 on May 9th, 2022

Bolton

Government type: Open Town Meeting
Voted in Favor: May 2nd, 2022

Lunenburg

Government type: Open Town Meeting
Voted in Favor: 48 - 20 on May 7th, 2022

Great Barrington

Upcoming action: Voted in Favor
Government type: Open Town Meeting
Date of town meeting: June 6th, 2022

Athol

Voted in Favor: June 13, 2022, approximately 2-1 with 105 people in attendance.
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Barre

Voted in Favor: June 14th, 2022: One of two towns to reverse their original No Vote from 2019; the other was Bernardston
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Petersham

Upcoming action: Voted in favor, 40 - 4
Government type: Open Town Meeting
Date of town meeting: June 6th

Stockbridge

Government type: Open Town Meeting
Voted in Favor: May 16th, 2022, 43- 29

Easthampton

Government type: City Council
Help Needed: Reaching out to councilors

Pittsfield

Government type: City Council
Help Needed: Gathering Signatures

Acton

Government type: Open Town Meeting
Voted in Favor: May 16th, 2022 - unanimously!

Williamsburg

Upcoming Action: Voted overwhelmingly in favor
Government type:
 Open Town Meeting
Date of town meeting: June 6th, 2022

Sturbridge

Upcoming action: Voted in favor, 78 - 29
Government type: Open Town Meeting
Date of town meeting: June 6th, 2022

Newburyport

Government type: City Council
Help Needed: to reach out to City Councilors

Ipswich

Government type: Open Town Meeting
Help Needed: Gathering Signatures for Fall Town Meeting

Rowley

Voted against: 2019

Bernardston

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Brewster

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Town Meeting

Brookline

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Representative Town Meeting

Buckland

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Cambridge

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: City Council

Chatham

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Town Meeting

Colrain

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Conway

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Cummington

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Dennis

Voted in favor: 2020
Government type: Town Meeting

Eastham

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Town Meeting

Erving

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Gill

Voted in favor: 2018
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Greenfield

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Town Council

Hadley

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Town Meeting

Heath

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Leverett

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Leyden

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Lincoln

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Town Meeting

Montague

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Representative Town Meeting

New Salem

Voted in favor: 2018
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Northampton

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: City Council

Northfield

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Orange

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Orleans

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Town Meeting

Pelham

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Plainfield

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Provincetown

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Rowe

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Royalston

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Shelburne

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Shutesbury

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Sunderland

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Truro

Voted in favor: 2021
Government type: Town Meeting

Warwick

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Wellfleet

Voted in favor: 2020
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Wendell

Voted in favor: 2018
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Whately

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Windsor

Voted in favor: 2019
Government type: Open Town Meeting

Melrose

Government type: City Council
Help Needed: Reaching out to Councilors

Charlemont

Government Type: Open Town Meeting
Voted in Favor: 2019

Franklin

Government Type: Town Council
Help Needed: Gathering Signatures; Reaching out to Councilors

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