25 years ago this week, the first Not In Our Town film about people standing up to hate in Billings, MT aired on PBS.
The broadcast launched the first "Not In Our Town" week, as communities across the country examined their own experience with hate, racism and intolerance, and strategized together about how their actions could mirror the impact they saw in Billings. Soon, cities began to adopt the "Not In Our Town" identity for their efforts to address racism and promote diversity and inclusion, and a movement was born. Here we are, two decades later, and the lessons from these communities have been chronicled in our subsequent PBS films, and hundreds of short videos and guides posted and shared on NIOT.org.
The rise in hate and division in our country is alarming. At the same time, we know the strength of our communities and what can happen when people stand together to reject hate and violence and declare their core values of inclusion and safety for all.
Your generosity and actions have made these past 25 years of action possible. We certainly can't continue without your support. Your donation gives meaning to our message, we CAN Stop Hate Together.
Patrice O'Neill, CEO/Executive Producer
For the NIOT Board + Team