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September 22, 2020 - 3:21pm
Broke, the game, gives players the opportunity to navigate life as either a farmer, single parent, senior citizen, or someone without citizenship documents or living in a homeless shelter. Players develop empathy by experiencing the stress and frustration of making high stakes decisions with competing priorities and not enough income. 
September 22, 2020 - 2:57pm
First, we have to acknowledge racism, and the differences and experience each student brings into a classroom, says Becki Cohn-Vargas, the author, educator and former director of Not In Our School. Becki and her co-authors recently completed a new book entitled Identity Safe Classrooms 6-12 Places for Belonging and Learning and she sat down with us to talk about identity safety. 
August 18, 2020 - 3:01pm
Human understanding comes through dialogue. When people can meet honestly in a small group, insight, empathy and understanding can follow. The incredibly active and amazing NIOT group in Bloomington-Normal, Ill. hosted a virtual NIOT screening and community discussion via Zoom earlier this summer. Not In Our Town member Mike Matejka shares this story of local action. 
August 11, 2020 - 3:20pm
In West Contra Costa County, CA, a community unites when a large swastika appears in a neighborhood AGAIN. County Supervisor John Gioia joined residents and the local NIOT group in sending a message:  We stand united against hate. Not In Our Town member Becki Cohn-Vargas shares this story of local action. 
August 11, 2020 - 3:01pm
The Not In Our Town podcast features powerful voices from people across the country who are taking a stand against hate and working to create safe and inclusive communities for all. In this episode, Patrice O’Neill, filmmaker and founder of Not In Our Town, talks to Susan Bro, a mother and teacher who became a passionate social activist after her 32-year-old daughter Heather Heyer was killed by a white supremacist in the Charlottesville protest on Aug. 12, 2017.