Blog | Not in Our Town


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. 
July 3, 2014 - 5:31pm
For me, the magic of the National Leadership Gathering was convening some of the most groundbreaking, influential and inspirational leaders in the same room. From mayors and police chiefs to community activists and educators, the room was full of over 200 people committed to making our towns and schools safe for our children and our neighbors.
July 3, 2014 - 3:06pm
Video: Bringing Cyberbullying to Life In “Real Life Yik Yak,” students at Glenbrook South High School take a stand against cyberbullying, according to a short video posted by a Sun-Times Media Local network. The video shows students chained to the stairwell at Glenbrook South while wearing signs with cruel phrases around their necks. This demonstration depicts the dangers of anonymity and the threat of cyberbullying when students don’t feel accountable for their actions online. The students chose to focus on the popular app Yik Yak because it allows users to post anonymously about other people.