Fight hate mongering and the politics of dividing Americans to get elected.
How does a community organize to fight a Klan rally? Respond to a shooting at a synagogue or temple? Fight homophobia and LGBTQ? Teach children how to fight bullying at schools? Anti-immigrant vioence?
Not In Our Town (NIOT) a project that uses documentary film, new media, and organizing to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities.
“As hate group activities and hate and bias incidents rise, concerned community, campus, school, civic, faith and law enforcement leaders and activists actions are needed more than ever. These guides provide effective steps that can help communities face hate and bigotry, and work toward a more inclusive future. We can STOP HATE, TOGETHER.” – NIOT
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Not In Our Town
Not In Our Town is a project of The Working Group, an Oakland-based nonprofit. It was launched in 1995 with a landmark PBS film that documented the heroic efforts of Billings, Montana citizens who stood up for their neighbors after a series of hate crimes. The video inspired hundreds of communities in the United States and around the world to take action against hate.
The Not In Our Town documentary follows the citizens of Billings, Montana as they join together to respond to a series of hate crimes in their town. White supremacist activities had been on the rise. Racist literature was found around town, skinheads disrupted the services of an African-American church, the home of a Native American family was spray painted with swastikas and racist slurs, and a brick was thrown through the window of a Jewish family’s home. The film follows a powerful local force—law enforcement, civic leaders, faith groups, citizen activists and local media outlets—that sent a simple and powerful message to white supremacists. – Wikipedia
Not In Our Town notable documentaries
- Mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in a forthcoming 30-min film, Waking in Oak Creek
- Attack on 15-year-old Walter Currie, Jr. who was set on fire in Poplar Bluff, Missouri in 2009 short film, “What About Walter?”
- Hate crime killing of Marcelo Lucero in Patchogue, New York in 2008 in Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness
- Church shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in 2008 short film, “Instruments of Peace: Anniversary of Hate Attack on Unitarians”
- Murder of day laborer Serafin Negrete in Prince William County, Virginia in 2006 short film, “After an Immigrant Murder – A Call for Response and Unity.”
- Cross-burning on an African-American family’s lawn in Anderson, California in 2004 in Not In Our Town: Northern California.
- Murder of transgender teen Gwen Araujo in Newark, California in 2002 in Not In Our Town: Northern California.
- Murder of gay couple Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder by two white supremacist brothers in Redding, California in 1999 in Not In Our Town: Northern California.
- Arsons at three Sacramento, California-area synagogues in 1999 in Not In Our Town: Northern California.
Republican politics of hate
Republican politicians have embraced a vitriolic language of gender grievance. For months now, the conservative media has been hammering a message of gender and sexual disorder, seeking to stoke the fears, bigotry and resentment of its audience against the social and legal gains that have been made by women and LGBT groups over the past decades. This message has been enthusiastically taken up by Republican politicians, and issues of sexual anxiety have come to preoccupy every level of American government, from local school board meetings to the recent confirmation hearings of a new supreme court justice. – The Guardian
TakeAway: Fight hate mongering and the politics of dividing Americans.
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