The original Not In Our Town: Billings story showed how a simple printed poster can help unify a community, and send a powerful message against hate. Echoing the spirit of the Billings story, communities across the country and around the world continue to use Not In Our Town posters and flyers to tell the world they're standing for diversity, acceptance, and respect. If you're organizing a Not In Our Town screening or event in your city or town, here's a collection of free, downloadable posters for you to use in your NIOT campaign. To download a printable version of a poster, simply click on the image.
A screening of a Not In Our Town film can help you and your community open the dialogue about preventing hate and helping all people feel safe. Here are some helpful hints for coordinating your own screening or event.
UC-Santa Barbara's "Not In Our Hall" guide outlines a program for Resident Assistants and Directors that promotes inclusiveness and acceptance of others in the residence halls and the larger surrounding community. All leaders who work under UC-Santa Barbara's Housing and Residential Service go through diversity training during the three weeks of Student Leadership Training before school starts.
Skidmore College's Not On Our Campus campaign stickers and pledge card remind students to speak out against intolerance, and to help make their school a model of acceptance and diversity. The campaign was launched in 2006 in response to hate messages and graffiti that were left in campus dorms.
The Not In Our School posters and flyers below are part of Palo Alto Unified School District's ongoing "Not In Our School" campaign. Middle and high schools across the district each dedicate a full week of events to promote acceptance and diversity, with daily activities focusing on students as “upstanders” — those who do not simply stand by in the face of injustice, but act to make change. Now entering its fourth year, Palo Alto's Not In Our School campaign has become a model for how schools can engage students in learning, conversation, and action against hate, bigotry, and bullying. For tips on coordinating your own Not In Our School campaign, read "Starting an NIOS Campaign" by Becki Cohn-Vargas of Palo Alto Unified School District.
Cities and towns across the United States have passed proclamations to stand together for unity and acceptance. Enlist your Mayor to draft a Not In Our Town proclamation. Line up other leaders such as the Chief of Police, Attorney General, religious and business leaders, and prominent members of the community. Once it's passed, invite members of the general public, including students, to sign on. Here are proclamations from Rockford, IL, San Diego, CA, Patchogue, NY, Lincoln County, OR, and San Antonio, TX as well as a general sample proclamation you can use as inspiration for writing your own.
A Jewish study guide for "Not In Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here." This curriculum examines the events portrayed in the film from a Jewish perspective. Each lesson has Jewish values, case studies, and activities that help students explore the incidents and develop a Jewish response.