'This Saturday, just two days before the federal Martin Luther King jr. holiday, the community in Billings, Mt. gathered amid freezing temperatures for the first and largest community photo. "As we sat back and thought about events we could do to celebrate Dr. King and his spirit, we were thinking about the ‘I have a dream' speech," NIOT-Billings chair Eran Thompson told the Billings Gazette. "This is Dr. King's idea, to see the community come together, every race, religion, creed and color, just come together and be neighbors. And so we're going to take a picture." The community photo is the first of what Thompson hopes will be an annual event. This event is part of the larger "I Am Billings" campaign, promoting diversity in this Montana town.
January 16, 2011 - 6:51pm
January 14, 2011 - 2:11pm
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr. Just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we have gathered the films, study guide, and special Martin Luther King Jr. content included in Embracing the Dream: Lessons from the Not In Our Town Movement on our website. You can find all of the films and download the PDF discussion guide here: Embracing the Dream: Lessons from the Not In Our Town Movement—four short films, discussion guide and special MLK-inspired content
January 13, 2011 - 4:11pm
CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW YOU CAN STAND WITH TUCSON. This week, in the wake of tragedy, Tucson witnessed—and inspired—an amazing coming-together of people by the tens of thousands. In both grief and solidarity, the people of Tucson have hosted vigils and memorials, with cities around the country following suit. They have created online groups and organized on-the-ground action. There are angels watching over the families of victims and cyclists whizzing through the streets. Yesterday evening, more than 26,000 attended the public memorial in Tucson at the University of Arizona, including President Obama.
January 12, 2011 - 12:52pm
When these days become a museum exhibit hall centuries from now, what will it say about us? And what will it say about this past Saturday? Was it the start of something terrible? Or of something amazing? —Ulises Silva, Being Latino
January 6, 2011 - 5:17pm
The Fort Collins Not In Our Town Alliance was honored with a 2010 Advancing Equality Award from the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado. Though the organization received 40 nominations from across the state, Fort Collins NIOTA nabbed the award for Outstanding Nonprofit Organization. The awards, according to Tonya Ewers, are “really meant to uncover organizations and people in Colorado who are doing wonderful things in the community for equality” and their overall goal is to “create a more equal Colorado and a better place for everyone.” The fund is a program of the Gill Foundation. At the December award dinner, the Gay & Lesbian Fund used this language to explain why the Fort Collins NIOTA was selected as a their Outstanding Nonprofit Organization: