My name is Tom Hansen. In 2006 I created a website titled "Moscow Cares". http://www.MoscowCares.com The primary purpose behind this website is to present and discuss community activities that take place (or impact) the community of Moscow, Idaho. There are several segments to "Moscow Cares": "Anti-War Rallies" - http://www.MoscowCares.com/AntiWarRallies "Palouse Pride" which actively supports the gay rights movement - http://www.MoscowCares.com/PalousePride "Moscow CommUNITY Walk" which promotes unity within our neighborhoods - http://www.MoscowCares.com/CommUNITYWalk "Moscow Human Rights Commission Social Justice Forums" - http://www.MoscowCares.com/SocialJusticeForum And so much more that will be added to "Moscow Cares". We here at "Moscow Cares" feel that it as absolutely vital that we become part of a larger community, such as the one depicted in "Not In Our Town". Thank you.
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Bloomington United stands up for diversity and tolerance after a slew of anti-Semitic acts at Indiana University and the county library.
Several students and staff discovered chalked hate messages near the entrance to the campus library and the north side of Marsh Hall on Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. The messages included slurs against women, Muslims, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered community. "I'm not going to get into it, but it did constitute hate speech," Pacific University spokesman Joe Lang said. Because the messages were scrawled in chalk and did not target specific individuals, they were immediately removed and no police report was filed, Lang said. During the rally at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, students and staff gatherer in the area between McCormick and Walter residence halls to "send a message of tolerance and acceptance" by chalking positive words throughout campus, Lang said.
After nearly a dozen attacks on immigrants, people in Staten Island, NY are working to organize a response. Two ministers are collaborating to begin dialogue in a tense atmosphere, a mile long march was held to support a gay Hispanic couple that was attacked, and local civic leaders have launched a unity campaign called “I Am Staten Island.” Read the full story: We Are Staten Island: Community Eyes Opened on Anti-Immigrant Violence
A group of concerned residents of Springfield, IL, launched the Coalition to Promote Human Dignity and Diversity at a downtown rally on July 26, 2010. The coalition aims to train a spotlight on racist incidents in the city, and work to end the underlying tensions that cause them.
When the Aryan Nations held a hate rally on June 19 on the historic Gettysburg battlefield where Abe Lincoln delivered his famous address, the Adams County Unity Coalition mobilized with two responses. That day, more than 75 people held signs promoting unity and diversity by the side of a major road, inviting passing drivers to honk in approval. On June 20, the coalition held a re-consecration ceremony on the ground where the hate rally had taken place; clergy and lay leaders from almost a dozen faiths offered blessings, and the crowd sung hymns in Spanish and English.
150 community members rally in support of passing hate crime legislation after a 26-year-old gay man was attacked by two Marines who claimed he "winked" at them.
In response to the rally planned for Gettysburg National Military Park by the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations, the YWCA Gettysburg and Adams County are holding a "unity vigil" and a "re-consecration ceremony" to celebrate diversity. The vigil will take place Saturday, June 19, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Theological Seminary and the ceremony will be held Sunday, June 20, at 4 p.m. near the Cyclorama Center on the battlefield. The ceremony will include a short blessing and will feature representatives from the Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim faiths.
Elizabeth McComb, a senior at Whitewater High School, joined community members in mobilizing to form an anti-hate campaign after racist grafitti was found scrawled in a bathroom stall at her school. The racial slurs and death threats were specifically aimed at 6 African-American students.