Not In Our Town works with communities everywhere to prevent hate violence and build safe, inclusive environments where everyone can participate in public life.
In this increasingly fractious time, the structures, communications networks and model for collaborative engagement between diverse communities and the institutions in our cities and schools can help strengthen our ability to respond quickly and prevent violence.
The outline and guidance in this toolkit presented by Over Zero complements and strengthens the NIOT model for engagement and action. Working at the local level is critical to developing solutions that can address racism and bigotry and lead to a more equitable and inclusive environment in our communities, country and our world.
This toolkit was authored and designed by Over Zero, which granted permission for adaptation by Not In Our Town. For a resiliency network to be effective, it must include leaders representing as many stakeholder groups in a community as possible – particularly those groups most likely to be affected by hate and intolerance.
The toolkit provides guidance for assembling your network, including questions and conversation starters aimed at facilitating conversations with diverse stakeholders that build trust, enhance awareness of issues in a community and collaboration with local leaders and law enforcement. It is the combination of these collective forces that enables a community to work deeply on the cultural shift and relationship building that can propel structural change.