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January 16, 2021 - 11:04am
In this excerpt from a recent NIOT Virtual Conversation about responding locally to rising hate and conflict, Patrice O’Neill talks with Over Zero’s founder and executive director, Rachel Brown, and Over Zero’s United States regional director Samantha Owen, about building resiliency within a community. How do we proactively create a network that lets us respond to emerging risks of hate violence and promote inclusion? Listen or read the transcript. 
January 15, 2021 - 12:27pm
In an atmosphere of heightened national tensions and rampant misinformation on social media, communication from local leaders and other credible and influential leaders is paramount. Do your part by communicating in a way that reduces tensions and the threat of violence. Ask your city leaders what they are doing to set up a response and communications plan in case of violence and find out what you can do to help. Click here for some best practices from our partner, Project Over Zero.
January 10, 2021 - 6:32am
Standing up against hate violence and for democracy is a core American value that has been battered and tested again in recent years. Now is the time to build relationships and collaboration in our communities that can shore up these core values of inclusion and help normalize respectful civic interactions. Here’s how to begin.
December 22, 2020 - 12:28pm
Thank you so much for your generous donations and for being a part of this movement to stop hate and build safe, inclusive communities.  Because of you, NIOT was able to provide support to people in over 200 communities across the country. The actions of activists in the Not In Our Town movement have inspired and motivated us to do more in this perilous time.
December 21, 2020 - 11:43am
Twenty five years ago this month was the first local “Not In Our Town (NIOT)” gathering in Bloomington-Normal, IL. Inspired by the Working Group’s PBS film of that name, community members gathered to view and discuss the half-hour film about anti-discrimination efforts in Billings, Montana. Community activist Mike Matjka shares some stories from the intervening 25 years.