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July 19, 2024 - 11:31am
A ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking for a new building on the site of a center to remember the victims and understand antisemitism. This powerful gathering of Pittsburgh, PA, and national leaders was a signal of the resilience of the Tree of Life congregation and community. Speakers included Wolf Blitzer, Gov. Josh Shapiro, and First Gentleman Doug Emhoff. NIOT leader Patrice O’Neill joined the community to celebrate the groundbreaking. 
July 15, 2024 - 2:17pm
Our country was fundamentally changed sixty years ago this month when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, finally prohibiting discrimination and granting fundamental rights to Black people. As Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke noted in her remarks, the passage of this fundamental shift in federal law granting basic rights to all Americans was not a foregone conclusion, and many believed it may not be possible at the time. After 75 days of filibuster and negotiation in Congress, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964.  NIOT leader Patrice O’Neill was invited to a ceremony commemorating the Civil Rights Act on July 9 and the following day to celebrate the 1964 founding of the Department of Justice Community Relations Service.  At the event, Director Justin Lock awarded NIOT a Community Friend of CRS Award.  
June 13, 2024 - 10:43am
The Charleston church shooting on June 17, 2015, claimed the lives of nine individuals, prompting national reflection on the need to confront hate, as commemorated in New Scenes from Charleston: The Days After
May 29, 2024 - 7:30pm
Pride Month is dedicated to celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride. Established after the Stonewall Riots, Pride Month began in 1969.  
May 29, 2024 - 6:45pm
Dozens of neighbors in San Francisco gathered for a fundraiser to support a family who lost their home in a possible hate crime. Terry Williams, a beloved dog walker, and his elderly parents faced racist threats before their home was set on fire. While Terry met with city leaders about the incidents, his parents were at home during the blaze, sustaining injuries and requiring medical treatment.