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October 23, 2009 - 6:16pm
Not In Our Town was created by and for people in local communities who are finding new and better ways for everyone to feel accepted and welcome. Unfortunately, many towns and schools were introduced to Not In Our Town because of a hate crime. In the face of these crimes, some inspiring and creative actions have helped build a new sense of community. Other areas have launched local and school-based groups that are taking proactive steps to prevent hate crimes. No matter what sparked the action, we have so much to learn from the steps these people have taken. That¹s why The Working Group created this site. Here's an overview of how the Not In Our Town site works, and how you can participate:
October 23, 2009 - 5:51pm
Danville, CA: On an historic day when the U.S. Senate passed the Matthew Shepard James Byrd Hate Crime Bill on to President Obama for a signature, we met with a woman who sacrificed so much to see these new protections for gay and transgender people finally codified into law. 
October 22, 2009 - 4:23pm
Today is a landmark day for people everywhere who are standing up to hate. The United States Senate has passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the first major piece of legislation providing federal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. President Obama has pledged to sign the bill into law. On this historic night, Not In Our Town will meet Judy Shepard, when she visits Danville, CA to read from her new book, The Meaning of Matthew.  The event is a benefit for Not In Our Town, sponsored by Rakestraw Books, and we will be bringing our thanks and congratulations to Judy Shepard tonight. If you would like to send a message of thanks to Judy, please share it in the comments below!
October 20, 2009 - 6:39pm
Brooklyn Park, MN: On September 23, 2009, 18-year-old Derrick Thomas, a young Minnesota man with mild autism, was riding his bike home when three white men pushed him off his bike and then stripped, beat and robbed him while yelling racial slurs. According to Thomas, the men repeatedly used a racial slur and told him they "hated black people and that they would beat up any black people who walk through the nearby park." When police found the three suspects, they were in the process of assaulting a second black man, 40-year-old Johnney Robinson.