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November 29, 2021 - 11:29am
In honor of United Against Hate Week, NIOT El Sobrante decided to host a virtual concert for their community. Organizer Becki Cohn-Vargas writes about the experience and shares tips for other NIOT groups who may want to host their own concerts. "Although none of our members had previously hosted a virtual concert, nor were we Zoom experts," she writes, "we discovered that putting on a virtual concert was both great fun and not that hard to do. We also managed to do it without spending a penny. So we decided to share the steps we took in the hopes that we will inspire other NIOT groups to take on the challenge."
November 29, 2021 - 8:22am
Join us and United Against Hate Week organizers to review highlights and reflect on this year's United Against Hate Week, which was held Nov. 14-20, 2021. Participation continued to grow this year with events held all over the country, including Cincinnati, Ohio — and even in Ukraine! We'll hear from event organizers and discuss successes, lessons learned, and begin planning for UAHW 2022.
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