Community Response to Hate | Not in Our Town

Take a Stand in Your Community

This Action Kit provides advice and resources to assist community leaders, members and local government leaders with effective ways to respond to and prevent hate crimes and bias incidents.

1 | Report Hate

Nearly two-thirds of hate crimes go unreported to law enforcement.

Reporting a Hate Incident

Hate crimes and hate incidents are notoriously underreported. Community leaders may be reluctant to report incidents for public affairs reasons, and those targeted by hate may not be comfortable doing so. However, for hate crimes to be most effectively addressed, an accurate public record is imperative.

If you are not comfortable reporting to law enforcement find a trusted intermediary or a community group to support you in this process. 


  1. If you're comfortable going to law enforcement, file a police report either in person or by phone with the local agency where the incident occurred. Ask for the responding officer’s name and badge number. If you are not comfortable reporting to law enforcement, find a trusted intermediary or community group to support you in this process. You can also share your story at
  2. If you believe the incident was motivated by bias, confirm with the officer that the official police report accurately records the incident as a hate crime.
  3. In the report, tell the responding officer all of the details of the incident you recorded or remember, including the perpetrator’s gender, age, height, race, weight, clothes or other distinguishing characteristics. If any threats or biased comments were made, such as racial slurs or anti-gay epithets, include them in the report. Take photos or document any property damage and bias and/or hate messages before they are removed.
  4. Follow up with the officer to make sure an incident report was filed and to obtain a copy of the report and case number.
  5. In addition to contacting your local law enforcement agency, also contact your local FBI field office and provide the same information. For a list of FBI Field Offices, visit
Spotlight on Law Enforcement

To track national hate crime statistics, the FBI relies on local law enforcement agencies to identify and report crimes motivated by bias. But many agencies don’t follow through effectively. It is important for community leaders to be familiar with agency policies and to demand accurate, transparent reporting protocols.

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Why America Fails at Gathering Hate Crime Statistics

The non-profit organization ProPublica conducted extensive research to identify the greatest obstacles to accurate hate crime reporting in the United States. The critical report is based on a review of incident reports and aggregate data from hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country, as well as interviews with law enforcement leaders and civil rights organizations.

According to the report, an estimated half of all hate crime victims do not report the incident to the authorities. But for reported cases, these are some of the key factors that contribute to so many falling through the cracks:

  • Misclassification or missed cases that could have been investigated as hate crimes
  • Insufficient officer training
  • Breakdown in the reporting chain from local agencies to state agencies and the FBI
  • Confusion caused by variations in how states define hate crimes
  • Uncertainty about whether an incident has to be prosecuted as a hate crime to be counted

As part of community action plans to address hate and intolerance, leaders should convene meetings with local law enforcement agencies to discuss how they are addressing these challenges.

Read the entire ProPublica report here.


of hate crime incident victims were targeted because of the offenders’ bias against race, ethnicity or ancestry.

U.S. Department of Justice FBI Hate Crime Statistics, 2019
Does Your City Report Hate Crimes?

Here are the cities in the U.S. with zero reporting of hate crimes.

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Does Your City Report Hate Crimes?

Here are the cities in the U.S. with zero reporting of hate crimes.

FBI 2019 Cities Reporting No Hate Crimes - Source ADL


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Source: Anti-Defamation League via FBI HCSA

The Problem of Hate in Communities

Hate requires a visible and swift response. Hate groups and perpetrators are seeking violence and a media spotlight to spread their message. Don’t let them set the agenda. Understand the complex and painful responses to hate groups and hate and bias crimes, and remind your community that an attack on one is an attack on all. Remain vigilant and committed to non-violence and the visible rejection of hate, racism, and bigotry.

Threats, bullying, racial slurs and violence deeply affect targeted individuals, their friends and family and entire communities.

Hate groups and the violence they foment have created a dangerous environment in many communities throughout the country, but they can be stopped. Any concerned individual can mobilize their community to create an atmosphere that rejects hate and makes all residents feel safe and welcome.

The Southern Poverty Law Center uses interactive maps to track active hate groups across the United States. Learn more at the Hate Watch blog.

"All hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics."

—Southern Poverty Law Center


The story behind the group tracking anti-Asian hate incidents

Last year Asian American activists asked the government to track the surge in anti-Asian hate. When it declined, they started their own organization, Stop AAPI Hate.

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On Feb. 4, 2020, during the earliest days of the novel coronavirus, a middle school student in Los Angeles County was told by a classmate that he was a Covid-19 carrier and should “go back to China.” When the boy responded that he wasn’t Chinese, he allegedly received 20 punches to the head and ended up in the emergency room.

The assault, a harbinger of the onslaught of racialized attacks that occurred during the pandemic, helped three Asian American activists who would become co-founders of Stop AAPI Hate, the anti-Asian hate reporting center, realize that racism was spreading faster than the virus itself and something needed to be done to track the growing number of incidents against the community.

Led by Cynthia Choi, the co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, or CAA; Russell Jeung, professor and chair of the Asian American studies department at San Francisco State University; and Manjusha Kulkarni, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, or A3PCON, Stop AAPI Hate is more than a popular hashtag or aggregator of anti-Asian incidents. It’s a rallying cry for a community experiencing the pain and heartbreak of relentless harassment, assaults and even murders.

Read more at NBC News »

Visit the Stop AAPI Hate website »

Report a hate incident (many languages available)

Why Report Hate? Community Stories

Joselo Lucero on the 6-month anniversary of Marcelo Lucero's death.

Hate doesn’t occur in a vacuum, and for far too many communities, it is not new. To some, hate incidents may appear isolated; however, these acts are often a symptom of deeper societal issues. In order to create an environment where people of diverse backgrounds and identities are safe, it is important that community leaders not just react when a hate incident occurs. Communities must take proactive steps to identify policies and practices that perpetuate systemic discrimination and enact procedures to prevent future hate incidents. Here are some examples of effective community responses to hate:

Location: Patchogue, New York

Incident: Hate incidents targeting immigrants in Suffolk County, New York had been occurring for years, but a series of attacks by high school students against Latino residents in Patchogue, NY culminated with the 2008 murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years.

Action: Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother, Joselo Lucero, and Patchogue residents sought to openly address the underlying causes of anti-immigrant violence, and began taking steps to ensure everyone in their village would be safe and respected. Faith leaders opened their houses of worship for discussion and as safe places for immigrants to surface hate incidents. Art projects promoting inclusion emerged in school and community settings. The Village Trustees passed a resolution stating that anti-immigrant rhetoric not only harms targeted groups but "our entire social fabric." The Suffolk County Police Department assigned two Spanish-speaking officers to Patchogue, including Officer Lola Quesada. As community liaison, Officer Quesada appeared on talk radio to inform immigrants about their rights and encourage them to report hate attacks to police.

Location: Bloomington, Minnesota

Incident: An improvised explosive device rocked the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center as congregants gathered for morning prayers.

Action: Hundreds of people gathered at the Center after the mosque was targeted. Faith and civic leaders joined community members to fill a soccer field behind the Center and stood in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors. Rep. Tim Walz addressed the crowd, “To the children who are here, the message you are hearing from your neighbors is, you are cherished, you are loved, you are Minnesota and you are America.” Days earlier, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton came to the site and denounced the attack as a “terrible, dastardly, cowardly” “act of terrorism.” A GoFundMe page was also set up and raised over $70,000 from 1800 supporters in a matter of days to repair the damaged community center and mosque.

Location: Bedford, Massachusetts

Incident: Anti-Semitic incidents occurred in Bedford, MA schools in 2014, including graffiti and bullying.

Action: The school principal went on a morning television show to address the incidents and urged everyone in the school to come together for a meeting. Teachers and students met after school to discuss the situation and discovered that the hate ran deeper than the recent incidents. Bedford Schools Superintendent Jon Sills sent an open letter to parents strongly condemning the incidents, opening a dialogue, and affirming Bedford as a community that refuses to tolerate hate. The Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno also worked with Rabbi Susan Abramson and school leaders to ensure community safety.


of hate crime incidents reported to the FBI in 2016 happened in or near residences.

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Statistics 2016
Anti‐Asian Hate Crimes Surge 149%

Anti-Asian hate crimes in 16 of America’s largest cities increased 149% in 2020, according to an analysis of preliminary police data by the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at Cal State, San Bernardino.

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Anti-Asian hate crime incidents reported in 16 US cities.

2 | Leadership

For community leaders: what to do when a hate group comes to town.

How to be an Ally and Take Action

'It Means the Absolute World to See a Community Band Together Like This' - Not In Our Town

In O'Fallon, Missouri — a largely white suburban community — a group of recent high school graduates organized a demonstration for Black Lives Matter in the weeks after George Floyd was killed by police. They thought that maybe a couple hundred people would show up, but instead found support from nearly 2,000.

Stand up to hate by gathering diverse community members and working in partnership with school, city, and law enforcement leaders.

  1. Convene diverse city, faith, school, community, and law enforcement leaders to make a plan for safety and effective response to hate. Develop a communications strategy.
  2. Reach out and support impacted individuals and communities:
    • Listen to concerns, assist with their needs, respect requests for privacy.
    • Engage with diverse local organizations that support targeted groups.
  3. Be Visible in your stand against hate.
    • Encourage individuals and local businesses to support all residents and post signs against hate. 
  4. Engage the community:
    • Hold visible anti-hate events:
      • Make your opposition visible, but avoid direct confrontations with hate groups that will allow them to start fights or appear to be victims. To prevent violence, don’t be in the same place at the same time. At minimum, work with law enforcement to create safe distance between hate groups and anti-hate protesters.
      • Involve large numbers of people so your events are more substantial and powerful than hate group rallies. Leverage school, faith, and civic groups to get the word out;
      • Create a safety team to work with counter protesters who plan to go where hate groups are present. Train your safety team in self defense tactics.  
      • Engage youth as non-violent leaders and spokespeople.
    • Organize community teach-ins and gatherings. Examples:
      • Screen a Not In Our Town film to spark dialogue and discuss action steps. Find films and discussion guides at:
      • Hold a facilitated town hall meeting. Elicit community concerns. Have people seek and share solutions;
      • Sponsor interfaith events and community service projects;
      • Use social media platforms to update and engage the community.
  5. Hold government officials and law enforcement accountable:
    • Ask officials to use their power and voices to engage with concerned residents;
    • Encourage them to join efforts, rapidly respond, and denounce hate;
    • Form a liaison team with law enforcement to ensure safety for residents.
  6. Contact local media urging them to cover your community actions. Have community members and leaders vulnerable to hate make public statements rejecting intolerance:
    • Arrange a press conference when appropriate;
    • Write Op Ed pieces and letters to the editor;
    • Avoid the spread of rumors and misinformation. 
  7. Make a Plan for Ongoing Action:
    • Create a permanent committee of diverse community members, civic, school, law enforcement, and business leaders to support an ongoing plan for hate and bullying prevention; (
    • Continue supporting impacted community members and organizations;
    • Engage the entire community in your action plan for inclusion.

Whitefish, Montana

In December 2016, the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website, encouraged online attacks against Jewish community members in Whitefish, Montana, posting Jewish residents’ home and workplace addresses and the names of individuals, their spouses and children.

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Whitefish, Montana

Hundreds of residents in Whitefish, Montana gather at a "Love Not Hate" rally on January 7, 2017. (NICKY OULETT/MTPR)


In December 2016, the Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website encouraged online attacks against Jewish community members in Whitefish, Montana, posting Jewish residents’ home and workplace addresses and the names of individuals, their spouses and children. Escalating the tensions, the racist website called for an armed march through the town of Whitefish. People in Billings, Montana faced similar threats years earlier and successfully rejected hate groups. Their actions helped inspire the broad-based rejection of fear and intimidation in this latest anti-Semitic threat. Local residents and people across the country sent messages of support and encouragement to the people who were targeted. Statewide leaders and community groups were mobilized, and took action that was swift and clear. The local newspaper called on residents to reject anti-Semitism. Two hundred people gathered in sub-zero weather to stand with the Jewish community. The armed march by hate groups was called off. Montanans had a clear message for hate groups: Fear will not stop us from standing with our neighbors. The Southern Poverty Law Center is supporting a lawsuit against the author of the blog on the Daily Stormer on behalf of one of the Jewish residents who was the target of the Whitefish attacks.

San Francisco, California

In August 2017, a white supremacist/militia group planned a Patriot Prayer rally in San Francisco, which was to be followed the next day with a rally in downtown Berkeley.

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San Francisco, California

Thousands showed up for counter protests to the threat of white supremacists rallies in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Here, people attend the "Unite Against Hate" rally hosted by city officials at San Francisco's City Hall on Friday, August 25, 2017. (MIRA LAING/GOLDEN GATE XPRESS)


In August 2017, a white supremacist/militia group planned a Patriot Prayer rally in San Francisco, which was to be followed the next day with a rally in downtown Berkeley. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and many other city leaders condemned the planned rally. San Francisco police prepared for the worst; Mayor Lee said every safety professional in the city would be working Saturday. He urged residents to "unite against hate" and partake in peaceful rallies. Thousands gathered at interfaith events and multiple creative counter protests planned for the day, including a dance party and a costume party protest for kids in Golden Gate Park. Both white supremacist/militia group rallies were officially cancelled, and hundreds of San Francisco residents took to the streets to celebrate diversity, love, and unity.

Later that year, a group of community leaders came up with a way to make a statement that neo-nazis, their hatred and their ideas were not welcome in the East Bay and launched a poster campaign that said "BAY AREA STANDS UNITED AGAINST HATE." The poster campaign became very popular with signs popping up in windows of local businesses, residents' houses and municipal buildings. The campaign evolved into an annual event that is held the third week in November known as "United Against Hate Week." Over the years, the celebration has spread and events have been held in over 60 cities nationwide. Learn more about how you can participate this year (Nov. 14-20, 2021) at the United Against Hate Week Website »

Manhattan Beach, California

A community grapples with a suspected hate crime after an African American family’s home was set on fire.

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Manhattan Beach, California

After their home was firebombed, the Clinton family attended a vigil where the community of Manhattan Beach came out to support them. (DAILY BREEZE)


A community grapples with a suspected hate crime after an African American family’s home was set on fire in Manhattan Beach, California. Ronald and Malissia Clinton share their story about the night of the attack, their fear that the attack was racially motivated, and their reaction to the overwhelming community response of support. A few days after the arson at their home, 700 community members gathered in the town square to stand with the Clintons and hundreds donated to a reward fund for information about the case. One year later, while the case was still under investigation, local law enforcement, school leaders and community members worked to build a safe and inclusive community for all.


Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC) is a statewide effort to help communities respond to hate.

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At a vigil to honor the victims of a hate crime attack on a Portland train, Randy Blazak, Chair of the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime, chants "Not In Our Town" with the mourners assembled.


Founded in 1997, the Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC) is comprised of representatives from community-based civil rights groups and government organizations. CAHC works to:

  • Connect community groups with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to improve the reporting of hate crimes and to aid in the investigation of hate crimes
  • Provide resources to victims of hate crimes and hate incidents, including information on neighborhood mediation and proper legal channels to report hate crimes
  • Respond appropriately to hate incidents in local communities
  • Educate communities about the disruptive nature of hate crimes and the community-strengthening value of diversity
  • Track hate crimes and hate incidents, as well as hate group activity in the state of Oregon

For more information, please visit the CAHC website.

Auto Body Shop Owner Repairs Hearts After Hate Attack

When Quality Auto Paint & Body owner Richard Henegar hears that a local college student is the victim of an anti-gay hate attack, he decides to help. Not only does Richard repair Jordan Addison's vandalized car, he brings his entire community together. 

3 Tips + Sample Statements

Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox speaks about the Orlando shooting

Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox speaks about the Orlando shooting

Statement 1: Joint Statement from Mayor Joe Curtatone, City Council President Matt McLaughlin, School Committee Chair Andre Green, Superintendent Mary Skipper in Somerville, MA in April 2021:

"On Tuesday in Atlanta, Georgia, a shooting rampage at area spas left eight people dead, six of whom were women of Asian descent. This tragedy is emblematic of an unacceptable cruelty taking root in our society and serves as further evidence of the blatant racism in our country designed to oppress our neighbors, friends and community members. Hate crimes against Asians and Asian Americans in major U.S. cities rose by 150% last year, and within that number, women have been disproportionately targeted. Sadly, Asian and Asian American women in our city and region also have been the victims of this open bigotry. We recognize the growing and justifiable fear you may be experiencing in the wake of the senseless violence.

We join together to express our solidarity, both with our Asian and Asian American residents and communities and with all women and girls in Somerville. As City officials we want you to know you are seen and valued, and if you are being made to feel unsafe, you will be taken seriously and protected. We strive to make our City institutions a safe haven for all and our commitment to human rights a constant, regardless of your race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age or any other identifier. Our commitment as a sanctuary city and an anti-racist community is anchored in the knowledge that our strength as a city lies in the people who live and work here, and the richness each of us brings to our community."

Statement 2: From Mayor Ed Lee in San Francisco prior to the scheduled Patriot Rally in August 2017:

“The shameful, anti-American trend of hate-filled extremist rallies will unfortunately be allowed to continue this weekend in our city.

Since the beginning of this process, we have repeatedly stated that the public safety of San Francisco residents and visitors is our top priority. With the event now officially permitted, the San Francisco Police Department is working with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the United States Park Police on a comprehensive public safety plan.

Let us show this nation that San Francisco is a city of peace and unity. Do not engage with the members of this group, whose only priority is to incite violence through divisive rhetoric. Instead of dignifying their display of hatred, we ask that residents join peaceful gatherings taking place at the Civic Center Plaza on Friday and Saturday at 12 p.m.

Over the course of history, we have been tested by movements designed to magnify our differences and sow distrust. We will not allow that fear and anger to break our spirit. Like we have so many times before, we will overcome ideologies based on hatred by showing the power of unity and compassion.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, a movement for peace, inclusiveness and unity that started in this city and spread throughout the country. Half a century later, those values still drive our city. This weekend, we will echo once again that love triumphs over hate.”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died on December 12, 2017. He was succeeded by Mayor London Breed.

Statement 3: Muncie, IN Mayor Dennis Tyler's Facebook Live statement in response to racist graffiti

In this powerful 4-minute statement, Mayor Tyler apologizes on behalf of the community for racist graffiti found spray-painted in a public park, saying this type of hate will not be tolerated in their city. He identifies the act as a hate crime and commits to doing everything the city can to find the perpetrators and to prosecute them to the full extent of the law. In closing, Mayor Tyler encourages residents to continue to celebrate and support diversity and acceptance in their community.

Statement 4: From Seattle, Washington City Council members’ statement following threat to Jewish Community Center

All nine Seattle City Councilmembers issued the following statement after yesterday’s bomb threat to the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island:

“We are horrified by yesterday’s bomb threat against the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island and the anti-Semitic and racist graffiti found in Ballard. As leaders of Seattle and neighbors to Mercer Island, we are deeply concerned that members of our community are increasingly becoming the targets of discrimination and hatred.

“Seattle will not be a place where children and their families live in fear. We do not tolerate hate speech or threats of violence.

“Council recently adopted an Anti-Hate Resolution 31724 and a Welcoming City Resolution 31730, which emphasize the City of Seattle’s commitment to dedicating its resources to support and protect communities of persecution.

“The Office for Civil Rights is conducting an outreach campaign, developing a hotline, and continuing to work to enforce federal and local laws against illegal discrimination and harassment based on age, religion, national origin, race, sex, sexual orientation, and other protected groups in housing, employment, public accommodations and contracting.

“The Seattle Police Department and the Office for Civil Rights will continue to work with the community to ensure that the people of Seattle are protected under state and local malicious harassment laws and understand these protections. And we call upon the Department of Justice to condemn these actions and prosecute those who feel emboldened to threaten human life.

“In late 2016 the Council commissioned a City Auditor review of Hate Crimes in Seattle. The Auditor is analyzing how the City is addressing hate crimes, including analyzing geographic and demographic trends, possible strategies for prevention, and consideration of questions from the US Department of Justice Center for Community Policing Services Hate Crimes report.

“The people behind these acts intend to instill fear and divisiveness in our community. Today, we respond unequivocally with resolve and unity against hate and violence. Locally or nationally, hate crimes are not to be tolerated. We also stand in solidarity with the South Asian families in Olathe, Kansas, targeted in recent heinous hate crimes.

“We will continue to work together to combat the fear and hatred spread through anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and racist actions and uphold our values as a welcoming city and welcoming nation.

“If you or someone you know experiences a hate crime, bias crime, or malicious harassment, call 9-1-1 immediately. If the incident has already occurred, the immediate danger is over and there are no injuries, call (206) 625-5011. For additional resources and information on reporting bias harassment, click here.”


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Know Your Rights

Under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, (HCPA) (18 U.S.C. § 249), a person commits a hate crime if he or she “willfully causes bodily injury” or “attempts to cause bodily injury using a dangerous weapon” because of his or her perceived or actual race, color, religion, or national origin. Moreover, the HCPA protects people who have been victims of a crime based on their actual or perceived religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability if that crime affects interstate or foreign commerce or the crime occurs within federal special maritime and territorial jurisdiction.

There are additional federal statutes that may protect you from hate related incidents. Learn more on the Stop Hate Project website.

Additionally, state hate crime laws may vary significantly, from covering all of the same classes as federal law, to excluding protections for various classes. Learn more on the Stop Hate Project website. 

Spreading Values of Diversity and Inclusion

Photo courtesy of Beach Reporter

We can’t stand up to hate alone, we have to do it together within our communities. Local Action = Real Impact. Start in your community by sharing this message with your friends, community activists and leaders.

Reach out to your community and tell them you have their backs. Work with neighborhood groups or use community watch listservs to open a discussion about who is vulnerable and what you can do together. Tell your fellow community members you’ll be there for them if they feel threatened. Set up a real-world response team as well as one that operates on social media.

Community Members, Educators and Students: Open up a discussion about who is feeling unsafe, what students can do to stand up for each other, and what school leaders can do to support these actions. School leaders, create a safe space for young people to talk to each other about their fears, share respectful dialogue about different points of view, and brainstorm ways to support each other despite those differences.

Mayors, City and Civic Leaders, you can set the tone for Inclusion, Safety and Respect for All. Send a message to your residents that you want everyone to feel safe and included in your town. Organize a community event, such as a town hall meeting, to find out who is vulnerable to hate and discuss how to bridge differences. Set a tone that encourages respect for different points of view.

Reach out to your police department outside of crisis situations and ask them to speak with your neighborhood group about how to report incidents and make everyone feel safe.

Law Enforcement Leaders, help your community understand how to report hate crimes or incidents. Host an event with community members who can help you reach people who may be reluctant to report hate crimes. Let them know you will be there for everyone in your town.

United Against Hate Week

In response to the sharp rise in expressions of hate in their communities, civic leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area launched a campaign to empower residents to take action. Learn about their campaign and find resources to launch your own local initiative.

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United Against Hate Week

United Against Hate Week (November 14 - 21, 2021) is a call for seven days of local civic action by people in every Bay Area community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of their neighborhoods, towns and cities. The campaign is grounded in the belief that when cities and their residents work together against hate, we can restore respect and civil discourse, embrace the strength of diversity, and build inclusive and equitable communities for all.


In 2017, following months of various extremists protesting in Berkeley and the tragic events in Charlottesville, city leaders prepared for another wave of planned hate group rallies across the Bay Area. In an effort to visibly reject their messages, the city of Berkeley created posters that clearly declared residents United Against Hate. The posters spread quickly and spontaneously in communities throughout the East Bay.

The call for a week of action emerged from the cities and community leaders that were a part of the original poster campaign.

Get Involved

During the inaugural United Against Hate Week, each city will convene and host events, including rallies, film screenings, art projects, speakers, community dialogues, and storytelling workshops. These activities will provide a dynamic way to increase engagement across each city, and support residents who are standing up to hate in their communities.


You can find local events, explore ideas for action, and download resources on the official United Against Hate Week website.

3 | Films & Videos

Watch and learn, facilitate discussion, and inspire action against hate.

Waking in Oak Creek

Waking in Oak Creek

Discover this inspiring blueprint for how a community can stand together in the aftermath of hate.

As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives, but not their resilience. After six worshipers are killed by a white supremacist, the local community finds inspiration in the Sikh tradition of forgiveness and faith. In the year following the tragedy, thousands gather for vigils and community events to honor the victims and seek connection. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism. Read the full story.


Light in the Darkness

Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness Trailer

Learn about how a town comes together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community.

In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York culminate with the murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years.

Over a two-year period, the story follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother, Joselo Lucero, and Patchogue residents as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions, and begin taking steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected. Read the full story.

Strategies for When Neo-Nazis Come to Town

Strategies for when the Neo Nazis Come to Town

Find out how community members in Olympia, Washington used celebrations of diversity and unity to stand up to a Neo-Nazi group.

When the Neo-Nazi group the National Socialist Movement comes to Olympia, Washington, community members respond by celebrating the diversity and unity of their community. Read the full story.


4 | Resources

In-depth PDF guides and online resources related to stopping hate in your community.


Stop Hate: Action Steps for Local Communities

What can we do in our local communities to stop hate and make everyone feel safe? Action steps for community leaders and schools.

United States Department of Justice

The community policing division of the DOJ offers a free USB flash drive featuring Not In Our Town films and guides designed to help law enforcement and community partners work together to take action against hate and create safe, inclusive spaces where everyone can participate.

Not In Our Town Quick Start Guide

This quick guide provides steps for starting a Not In Our Town campaign that fits your local needs.

National Institute of Justice

This list offers resources on hate crimes. 

Take Action Now To Stop Hate

A vital lesson in steps we can take now to stop hate.

Response to Hate: Five Quick Action Steps

After a hate incident, here are 5 simple actions you can take to respond in your community.


If you are not comfortable reporting to law enforcement find a trusted intermediary or a community group to support you in this process. Below are resources you can use to share your stories.

  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has resources on human rights and racial justice, immigrants rights, LGBT rights, and more here.
  • The Anti-Defamation League has a hate symbols database and more resources here.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC have created the a tracker for hate crimes against Asian Americans here.
  • Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) is collecting reports and taking requests for representation here.
  • GLAAD provides a list of LGBTQ resources here.
  • The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law lead a diverse partnership of organizations called Communities Against Hate and are collecting stories here.
  • Muslim Advocates is monitoring incidents impacting the Muslim community and submissions can be sent in here.
  • The Matthew Shepard Foundation has resources for reporting hate here.
  • The National Center for Transgender Equality has a community resource manual on responding to hate crimes here
  • ProPublica is documenting stories of hate here.
  • The Sikh Coalition is monitoring incidents impacting or targeting members of the Sikh American community here.
  • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is collecting submissions of xenophobic rhetoric, harassment, and profiling against South Asian, Sikh, Muslim, and Arab communities here.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is collecting submissions of hateful intimidation and harassment incidents here
  • Stop AAPI Hate is collecting incident reports here.


As hate group activities and hate and bias incidents rise, concerned community, campus, school, civic, faith and law enforcement leaders and activists actions are needed more than ever. These guides provide effective steps that can help communities face hate and bigotry, and work toward a more inclusive future.



The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law seeks to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law launched the Stop Hate Project to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with established legal and social services resources and creating new resources in response to identified needs.

Not in Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. Not In Our Town films, new media, and organizing tools help local leaders build vibrant, diverse cities and towns, where everyone can participate. Find specific resources for communities, schools and law enforcement on