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November 12, 2021 - 9:59am
Five years ago on Friday, November 12, 2016, Will Sims was found beaten and shot dead on Appian Way in El Sobrante, CA, seemingly a victim of a hate crime. Will was 28 years old and a well-liked African American musician who played in many venues around the Bay Area. NIOT sat down with Will's parents, Renee and Bill, and his sister, Stacey, to ask them to reflect on what happened, Will's life and their memories of him. The interview took place in 2018. Update: The men who killed Will Sims were convicted of second and first degree murder. 
November 1, 2021 - 8:04am
Last week in Pittsburgh, I was honored to participate in the Eradicate Hate Global Summit. The Summit was convened in response to the Tree of Life massacre in Pittsburgh in 2018 when the lives of eleven people were taken in the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
October 27, 2021 - 1:13pm
“Our stories are told by a chorus of characters, and for that chorus to sing together beautifully, that is something you have to think about every frame." — Patrice O'Neill
October 12, 2021 - 6:43am
Not In Our Town films feature dedicated people standing up to hate and provide roadmaps for community action. We've chosen 10 films from our archive that are available to communities to screen for free during United Against Hate Week, November 13-19, 2022. Please register using the Free NIOT Film Request Form and we will send you a link to the film or an MP4 for a Zoom event!
September 8, 2021 - 9:57am
Not In Our Town has become a founding member of the Learn from History Coalition, a broad-based bipartisan coalition made up of more than 20 leading organizations representing school system leaders, educators, parents, and students across America.  Learn more at