Blog | Not in Our Town


November 28, 2015 - 3:11pm
  Standing opposite of the library at Grimmer Elementary School, the Kindness Tree mural serves as a reminder to all those who see it to cultivate kindness.   The fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at Grimmer Elementary School in Fremont, CA created the mural to represent the school and its diverse community. Collaborating with artist Brenda Pattee, the students designed the mural and chose the color scheme. Unique birds representing the students sit on the tree’s sprawling branches, surrounded by flowers with the word for “kindness” in different languages painted on them and banners written in English and Spanish. All the languages, including Farsi, Pashto, Portuguese, Laotian, Vietnamese, Urdu, Arabic, Tagalog, Chinese, and Hawaiian, come directly from the school’s community.
November 24, 2015 - 4:41pm
My grandmother’s German passport has a big red “J” in the corner, and her passport name includes the name “Sarah,” which was added so that authorities would know that she was Jewish. She was able to flee Germany with only the clothes on her back and my young father in tow. They were refugees in Shanghai, one of the only places in the world who accepted Jewish refugees in 1938.  
November 17, 2015 - 4:49pm
This fall, NIOS Director Becki Cohn-Vargas, Community Engagement Manager Cassandra Belson, and a leader from the Bowling Green State University NIOT Initiative, Ray Plaza, facilitated two community conversations to bring SJSU together to explore ways to create a safe and inclusive campus.
November 17, 2015 - 3:22pm
On November 7th, Not In Our Town joined over 200 leaders from across the country to present at the Arab American Summit, a conference hosted by the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). The two-day conference, held in Dearborn, MI, featured presentations from Arab and Muslim leaders from across the country who are advocating for safety and inclusion in their communities.
November 16, 2015 - 5:55pm
Become a part of history and help add the word "upstander" to the dictionary this year.