Charlottesville has been grappling with the history of slavery, segregation, symbols of the confederacy and racism in their community for hundreds of years. These issues came to a head most recently when the city considered removing a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. To protest the removal of the monument, a coalition of white supremacists including neo-Nazis, members of the Alt-Right and the KKK descended on the town in May and July, and most recently, with deadly force on August 12.
August 16, 2017 - 3:46pm
August 15, 2017 - 4:57pm
“We are in the challenge of our lifetimes,” Pardeep Kaleka wrote this in a note to me Sunday morning. Like the rest of us, he feels the dangers of hate in this moment, but more acutely because his father was killed by a white supremacist at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin five years ago this month. Since then there have been deadly hate crime killings from Charleston to Orlando and Portland. Now, Heather Heyer has been killed, 19 others injured, and two law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the wake of a large scale hate incursion in Charlottesville, VA. We will remember these days for the rest of our lives.
August 14, 2017 - 12:19pm
Charlottesville has shaken the nation. Here at Not In Our Town we have been working with communities to stop hate for two decades. Preventing hate violence and addressing racism and bigotry requires a long term commitment. But you can start with simple actions.
August 9, 2017 - 11:41am
Hundreds of people gathered at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center after the mosque was targeted in a suspected hate crime attack. Faith and civic leaders joined by community members filled a soccer field behind the center and stood in solidarity with their muslim neighbors.
August 1, 2017 - 11:59pm
Here is an overview of some of the workshops Not In Our Town has to offer, including: the Safe, Inclusive Community Workshop, Not In Our Town: Intro to Gold Star Cities, Responding to Bullying, Hate and Intolerance: Not In Our School, Intro to Inclusive and Identity Safe Schools Workshop, and NIOS for Parents: Building Empathy at Home and School.