When a white supremacist starts buying up tracts of land in the small farming town of Leith, North Dakota, civic leaders wonder how they alone can resist plans to establish Leith as a Nazi enclave. When members of the National Socialist Movement come to visit, supporters from across the state also come, swelling the ranks of the local townsfolk from just over a dozen to a couple of hundred united in their message, "Not In Our State."
“... phenomenal and should be in every school.” - SANDY NEVENS, RETIRED PRINCIPAL, MAINE The statistics are heartbreaking. Reports of school bullying and harassment are at an all-time high. But across the country, students and teachers are taking action to create safe schools, free from stereotypes, intolerance, and hate. They’re part of a movement called Not In Our School.
60 minutes Not In Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here takes a regional look at five Northern California communities dealing with deadly hate violence over a five-year period. Together, the stories reveal that whether the motivation is racism, anti-Semitism, or crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation, hate is the same. But Californians are finding innovative ways to respond when hate happens here.
Not In Our Town Executive Producer Patrice O'Neill sat down with Bernard Melekian, Director for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), to talk about the role of the police in addressing hate crimes. In this short interview, Melekian addresses the following questions:
Thousands gather in the center of town to support the Sikh community in the aftermath of the Aug. 5, 2012 hate crime killing at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, a suburb of Milwaukee. Mayor Steve Scaffidi, Police Chief John Edwards, and Amardeep Kaleka, son of the slain temple president, share prayers and hopes for peace and unity. Days later, the community comes together again for a memorial service for the six victims of the attack.
"Moving forward, we have to continue to connect with our allies, with all the community groups that came out here." -- 2012 Silent March Protester
A bi-racial couple in Montgomery, West Virginia, was targeted and brutally beaten by local police officers. Twan and Lauren Reynolds, supported by the federal government and a private attorney stood up to the injustice and racism they faced. Their motivation? To protect the town they love from hate-based violence, no matter the source.
"We don't come over here to do people wrong. We come over here for a better future for our kids and for ourselves. " —Facing History student In the video above, we meet the students of Newcomers High School in Long Island City, which specializes in teaching recent immigrants, and those of St. Luke's, a private middle school in Manhattan, who have come together to dialogue about difference and combat bias.
Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness is a documentary about a town coming together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community.
This promo features scenes from an upcoming PBS special about three stories of students and their communities standing together to stop hate and bullying.
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