Blog | Not in Our Town


May 28, 2014 - 12:40pm
We were thrilled with all the entries to the National Leadership Gathering Giveaway! Yesterday, with the help of the random number generator, we selected two winners to receive a free registration and free night at the Northern Hotel, worth $400. We're verifying with our winners via phone and have sent other entrants a special coupon just for entering! If the email hasn't made its way to you, email us at Learn more about this special event. Check out the agenda along with travel and cost info at  
May 23, 2014 - 11:05am
Addressing & Eliminating Labels “Do not define me by my clothes or the color of my skin”. These are the words that begin a powerful video titled, Labels. The video, created by Maneetpaul Singh, is a creative project featuring people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds, wearing a stereotype or label written on a piece of tape, covering their mouths. The video featured labels like “know it all,” “shy,” “prep,” and “terrorist,” among others. The opening and closing lines are from the poem that inspired Singh to embark on this project, written by Singh’s friend Bani Ahuja. The video ends with a woman, burning a piece of tape with the words “insert label here,” and the final words of the poem are narrated:   So take this label that I wear, Let it burn into the air,
May 22, 2014 - 1:14pm
Not In Our Town was honored to participate in an extremely informative webinar addressing the challenges of prosecuting hate crimes and the important interplay between hate crime victims, law enforcement, and the greater community.
May 21, 2014 - 5:30pm
Between now and Memorial Day, we’re giving away two (2) free registrations—each with a free hotel night—for the Not In Our Town National Leadership Gathering that will bring together change-makers like you from June 20-22, 2014.
May 21, 2014 - 12:01pm
Alton McSween, a former NFL player, teacher, and sports coach, now applies the Restorative Justice principles he learned at San Quentin in his local community and schools. Restorative Justice is now being used in schools as an alternative to suspensions and expulsions because zero tolerance policies have proven to be ineffective. McSween said the Restorative Justice process brings the perpetrator of harm together with others in “talking circle”  and or support group, to reflect on what has happened, speak about the wrongs that have been done, and take steps to make amends.