This is the fifth and final piece of a five-part series published by our public media partneras at Fronteras. Listen to the accompanying radio piece. By Adrian Florido Hate Crimes in the Alamo City SAN ANTONIO, Texas — San Antonio is known as a Mexican-American city. Yet it’s also home to a small but vibrant South Asian community, including Muslims and Sikh religious followers.
Tune into this original Not In Our Town programming from our public media partners at Fronteras. We asked you this question in October 2011: Does your community make you feel safe and included, or scared and marginalized? The Fronteras: Changing America Desk has joined forces with Not in Our Town documentary producers to determine how hate affects communities throughout the Southwest and what people like you are doing about it. Tune in to hear these stories on KJZZ at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition
San Antonio’s KLRN joined communities across the nation in addressing hate by hosting a screening of Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness in conjunction with the Not In Our Town National Week of Action. The public television station teamed up with the peaceCenter for the screening and a community discussion, both held at the center on Sept. 20. With more than 40 attendees and an insightful discussion about issues facing the San Antonio community, the event was a “great success,” according to KLRN’s Education Associate Jennifer Herrera. Panelists included Winifred Barnum-Newman, executive director of Race Unity Day; Hisham Batar, assistant director of the Refugee Program at Catholic Charities; as well as Making Efforts to Reach Out to the Community sponsor JoAnn Jin Mena; and Jonathan Ryan, executive director of Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.