NIOT Conversation Series: Responding Locally to Rising Hate and Conflict — Ideas and Action Tools for Communities | Not in Our Town

NIOT Conversation Series: Responding Locally to Rising Hate and Conflict — Ideas and Action Tools for Communities

Not In Our Town and our partner organizations are pleased to present a series of virtual national conversations to inform, inspire and connect our communities. 



The threat of hate and political violence has reached an urgent new level. Hate groups, white supremacists, and anti-government extremists present a clear danger to our country. Violent white supremacy is the most persistent and lethal domestic threat, according to a report released by the Department of Homeland Security in October 2020.

Evidence of the spiraling threat became clear as a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, start a civil war, and detonate explosives was uncovered and thwarted by the FBI and state law enforcement.

How can we be proactive in our local communities in the face of escalating conflict?

Not In Our Town, Over Zero, the Divided Community Project, Bay Area Stands United Against Hate and Princeton University's Bridging Divides Initiative presented action tools and communications strategies to help communities address crisis and conflict as communities seek to address racism and prevent violence. Download toolkits and resources related to keeping your community safe. 

Co-Hosts and Moderators 

Pardeep Kaleka - Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee, Executive Director
Patrice O'Neill - Not In Our Town, CEO/Executive Producer
Grande Lum - Menlo College, Vice President and former director of the US Community Relations Service

Participants in the Oct. 15 NIOT Virtual Conversation

Featured Topics

  • How the white supremacist/white nationalist movement seeks to sow chaos, racism and violence between communities of color, police and government.
  • Preparing your community for conflict and strategies for responding to hate, division and violence with Thomas Battles and Carl Smallwood.
  • Actions communities can take now to prevent and address white supremacist actions and the threat of political violence with Rachel Brown and Samantha Owens. Over Zero will present tools from a new publication Community Resiliency in the Face of Conflict (co-presented by Not In Our Town).
  • Participatory Section: Communities facing conflict ask questions and present actions they have taken to address violence and hate.
  • Tools And Takeaways you can use now:  Over Zero Conflict Tools, Draft Media Messaging for Groups, Civic Orgs and Faith Groups, Organize United Against Hate Week now.


Divided Community Project
Over Zero
LA vs. Hate
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
Together We Remember
United Against Hate Week (Nov. 30 - Dec. 6, 2020)
UCARE: University and Community Action for Racial Equity

Presented by Not In Our Town and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee  

Thank you to all co-sponsors, participants and community members for making this important conversation possible.

Stop Hate. Together.


Downloadable Guides and Online Resources

The Divided Community Project Toolkit
A resource guide that describes specific community engagement and conflict resolution strategies that local leaders can use to identify and address community division and its underlying causes.

Key Considerations for Leaders Facing Community Unrest: Effective Problem-Solving Strategies That Have Been Used in Other Communities (2nd ed. 2020, DCP)
Local public officials and other community leaders have little time to react when faced with divisive issues and events. Many recent incidents triggering unrest have galvanized concerns about racial profiling in law enforcement though this document offers strategies more broadly. This document identifies for local leaders some considerations for actions that they might take in those critical early moments as well as in the weeks that follow. The primary intended audience is these local leaders who will take charge in the event of unrest, as well as the staff they charge with various tasks.

Planning in Advance of Unrest (2nd ed. 2020, DCP)
This document distills lessons from recent experience with community unrest that can be useful to those who want to have a plan in place before turbulence occurs. Each community can adapt these general lessons as its leaders prepare a plan tailored to their community and the reasons for division within that community. The planning suggestions offered in this document can be used to assess and improve the resilience of a community, to identify issues and create ways to address them before they cause an eruption, and to be prepared to deal constructively with unrest if it occurs.

"What to Do When Hate Comes to Your Town"
An article from the Brookings Institute blog that was referenced in the Webinar and could be helpful for communities looking for advice.

Checklist for Self-Assessment on Community Leaders’ Social Media Use for Divided Communities (DCP)
Phenomenal growth in the use of social media is altering the ways that community members perceive and interact with each other. “Your community is online,” social media expert Colin Rule says to community leaders. “You need to be online too.” This report focuses on how community leaders seize the opportunities and confront the ever-changing obstacles created by the increasingly pervasive use of social media and proliferation of social media platforms as these leaders address community division and civil unrest.

Over Zero's Building a Resiliency Network Guide
A toolkit for building community resilience. As we enter into the most contentious election cycle in recent memory, set against the backdrop of an already tumultuous year, leaders from all walks of life will play a central role in building communities resilient to election violence – communities that are able to prevent, mitigate, and respond in the face of increased risk. As leaders prepare for this critical moment, we offer this toolkit to the broader toolbox of approaches for preventing election violence.

NIOT/Over Zero Responding to Hate: Building Safe Inclusive Communities
A community resiliency guide and action toolkit (v1 October 26, 2020)

United Against Hate Week — 20 Ideas for Action
United Against Hate Week (Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2020) began as a call for local civic action by people in every Bay Area community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns and cities. Now our movement is growing and cities and towns across the country are joining us. Learn more:

Bridging Divides 'How To' Guide
This guide helps you to access and use data from Bridging Divides Initiative at the community level. Learn more about Bridging Divides at their website: Bridging Divides Initiative

NIOT Stop Hate Action Kits
Tips and advice for reporting hate crimes and supporting victims and their families.

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