Blog | Not in Our Town


July 18, 2014 - 2:03pm
In his recent New York Times op-ed, White, Bigoted, and Young: The Data of Hate, Harvard economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz analyzes thousands of user profiles on Stormfront, the most popular white supremacist website in the United States. His findings paint a surprising—and disturbing—portrait of who joins a hate forum.
July 18, 2014 - 9:00am
Court of Appeals Upholds Affirmative Action at University of Texas at Austin In a 2-1 ruling, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the University of Texas at Austin can use affirmative action in their admissions decisions, according to Politico. This ruling is a response to a suit filed in 2008 by Abigail Fisher, a white student who opposed the University’s affirmative action program, alleging that it is discriminatory against white applicants from high-achieving high schools. The affirming judges stood by the University’s use of race in a “holistic” admissions process.
July 15, 2014 - 11:05am
The India Community Center (ICC) is hosting a free screening of Waking In Oak Creek on Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. in Milpitas, CA.  About Waking in Oak Creek: Waking In Oak Creek (33:00) profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshippers at a Sikh Temple are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all. The film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative. Watch the trailer below. 
July 11, 2014 - 12:00pm
Alabama activists stand up against United Klans of America Civil rights activists gathered on June 23 in Anniston, AL to speak out against threatening flyers distributed to the local community by the United Klans of America (UKA), according to ABC3340 News. The UKA left two different flyers on driveways across Calhoun County on Father’s Day, one of which said, “Neighborhood Watch—You can sleep well tonight knowing the United Klans of America are awake.” The other listed 10 goals of the UKA, including the “ending of homosexuality, and putting a stop to interracial relationships.”
July 10, 2014 - 10:37am
Not In Our Town hosted a National Leadership Gathering from June 20-22, 2014 in Billings, MT, the city that sparked the Not In Our Town movement 20 years ago. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock's kicked off the Gathering with a welcome speech.  In total, the Gathering brought together leaders from 46 communities in 21 states. From mayors and police chiefs to community activists and educators, the room was full of over 200 people committed to making their towns and schools safe for their children and their neighbors. Check out this three minute video of the Gathering.