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Are you ready to join United Against Hate Week as a Participating City or Community?

When communities participate in United Against Hate Week, they are making a commitment to make everyone feel safe and supported. Communities can counter acts of racism, intolerance and hate by engaging diverse community, faith, advocacy and school groups to participate and help lead meaningful, locally driven l actions during United Against Hate Week.

Each community can prioritize action and outreach based on the threats and needs that are emerging locally. United Against Hate Week provides a way for people to work together across differences. Engaging and seeking leadership from communities who are targeted by hate, racism, religious and gender identity based bigotry is vital, and will help build stronger long term relationships.

Commitments for Community Engagement 

 
 

#1 Pass a Resolution

In 2018, 24 Bay Area jurisdictions passed a resolution/proclamation in order to acknowledge and express community-wide participation in United Against Hate Week. When a resolution/proclamation is adopted, it allows government officials to express their commitment to combat actions of intolerance and strengthen their communities. This statement will encourage residents and organizations to feel safe and supported by their local government as they participate attending/organizing events to honor United Against Hate Week.


#2 Commit to Distribute Posters

One of the most successful elements of the campaign is the “United Against Hate” poster that is rapidly spreading throughout the Bay Area and beyond. This poster has allowed thousands of residents to participate by displaying this poster in their homes, businesses, cars and workplaces. Individualized poster graphics can be created by the UAH team or communities are welcome to use the Bay Area Stands United Against Hate poster provided by the United Against Hate Week organization.

#3 Invite Local Organizations, Local Businesses, Faith Groups and Residents to Convene Events and Participate

UAH Week is an opportunity to partner with local organizations, businesses and diverse community members to build a strong network to stand up to hate. To demonstrate your commitment to inclusion, invite local organizations to host a UAH event or provide a venue for their use. In this tool kit, we have provided several activities organizations can lead as well as a sample letter to local groups asking them to become involved.

#4 Pledge a Financial Commitment

Be the community that raises the most to stop hate! Every movement needs financial support to thrive and spread and giving is a way to engage more people. Consider having your community contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward this year’s UAH organizing efforts. Your donations will help us leverage other opportunities that require matching funds. (Please know that we don't want cost to be a barrier to participation. If the amount of the commitment is not feasible, adjustments can be made to ensure your community is part of this important action.)

 
 
 
 

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20 Ideas for Action.

 
 
UAHWeek Board Members Jacqueline McCormick and Albany Mayor Peggy McQuaid hand out posters and t-shirts.

UAHWeek Board Members Jacqueline McCormick and Albany Mayor Peggy McQuaid hand out posters and t-shirts.

#1 Hang a UAH Poster/ Distribute posters to your friends, co-workers, and neighbors

One of the most successful actions of the campaign is the “United Against Hate” posters that are rapidly spreading throughout the Bay Area and California. This poster has allowed tens of thousands of residents to participate in this campaign just by displaying this poster in their homes, businesses, cubicles and civic spaces.

Designate a location such as a city hall, library, fire station, business, school to provide free UAH posters for your community. Localize for your city (contact us) or print from our website!

 
In Decatur, GA, residents participate in  Decatur Dinners  to talk about race with their neighbors.

In Decatur, GA, residents participate in Decatur Dinners to talk about race with their neighbors.

#2 Hold conversations with your children, family and friends …

…about anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, racist, sexist and anti-immigrant messages they are seeing in the media.

One of the best ways, as an individual, to participate in UAH is to talk about the issues that are magnified by this campaign. It is never too early to have a conversation with your family, friends, etc. about how to stand up to hate and bullying.

Get Resources →

 
Students at the College of Marin used their banner in a march on campus during UAHW 2018.

Students at the College of Marin used their banner in a march on campus during UAHW 2018.

#3 Make a UAH Banner

Take UAH to the next level by creating a banner. Last year, several event organizers created a “United Against Hate Week” banner which listed organizations contributing to their week of action or included a place for people to sign the banner as a commitment to stop hate and intolerance. This banner is a tangible reminder to create a safe and inclusive community. Display it at city hall, school, library or house of worship.

 
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#4 Gather Friends, Co-Workers, Classmates to Practice Standing up to Bigoted Remarks or Hate Speech, in Person or Online

This activity could be anything from a basic conversation with one friend, coworker, or classmate to a larger organized group of people. This type of conversation can be a safe place to ask questions, raise concerns or better understand your peers experiences regarding instances of hate.

Get Resources →

 
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#5 Post and Promote UAH Week on Social Media

Part of the United Against Hate Movement is to rapidly spread our message. While there are physical posters as you walk around your community that help create a climate of safety and inclusivity, the internet and social media present a world of their own. Cut and paste our sample posts and promote and spread the United Against Hate messages to create a safe and inclusive cyberspace.

Sample Posts →

 
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#6 Host a Film Screening/ Community Discussion

Screen a Not In Our Town film or other film with a UAH related theme with your friends, neighbors, social network, PTA, and/or student or faith group. NIOT Stories of Action in the face of hate help one town learn from another.

Screenings help provide a way for people to convene and open up the discussion about how to stand up to hate together. This event can be a launch pad for your ongoing activity.

Learn More →

 

#7 Create a “UAH Theme” List for Book Clubs, Libraries and Schools

Ask your local librarian or bookstore to curate a book list or display books that encompass themes of fighting racism, bullying, discrimination, hate and more!

Sample Book Lists →

 

#8 Hold a Candlelight Vigil to Support Victims of Hate

Want to host a Vigil in your community? In 2018, there were two vigil events to honor United Against Hate Week. Vigils are a way to unite our communities together and remind us of what is at stake. Read the names together of people who were lost or harmed in El Paso, Dayton, Gilroy, Poway, Pittsburgh, Charleston and other attacks right here in our local communities.

Get Resources →

 
Games of Berkeley

Games of Berkeley

#9 Host a “Game Night Against Hate”

Have your community center stay open late to organize a Game Night for UAH. There can be board games that promote working as teams and the event could centered around practicing UAH values and pledging to take future actions to create a safe and inclusive community. For example, Games of Berkeley hosted a cooperative game night in honor of UAH Week 2018.

 
Emeryville Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony

Emeryville Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony

#10 Dedicate a Sign or Symbolic Object (e.g. Welcome Sign/Peace Pole)

One effective way for cities to demonstrate their commitment to United Against Hate Week is to dedicate a symbolic object like a peace pole or welcome sign. This object represents a city’s effort to promote UAH values including fostering acceptance, inclusion and safety . This object should be placed in a central public area.

In 2018, the City of Emeryville, CA devoted a Peace Pole next to their community center as a way to celebrate United Against Hate Week. In 2014, Newark, CA affirmed its dedication to creating a safe community by posting a “Welcome Sign.” Watch Video →

 
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#11 Hold a Unity Walk

Unity Walks are great way to bring the community together to celebrate or honor a cause or recent event. In 2019, Castro Valley residents collaborated with the Castro Valley Community Alliance to host a UAH unity walk to honor the victims of the New Zealand shooting.

 

#12 UAH Themed Sports Game

Devote a school or club sporting event to the UAH Mission. Have both sports teams participate by wearing a t-shirt with the UAH logo. Shirts and hoodies are available with the UAH logo (contact us). Before the game starts, a team leader or referee can acknowledge the United Against Hate Campaign by briefly explaining the movement and distributing the UAH pledge for players and spectators to sign.

 
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#13 Organize a UAH Rally

Rallies are great way to unite the community together to celebrate or honor a cause or recent event.

Suggestions for organizing a rally: Find a central location like a park or open space (preferably with seating) and request city permit. Gather diverse local speakers and musicians who can inspire people to action and to take the next steps. Ask students to present a skit on how to stand up to hate and bullying. Ask local organizations and businesses to set up tables to share ways to get involved. Create a UAH banner. Sign postcards/ banners/ messages of support for families of victims of hate. Bring signs for people to hold during the rally. Publicize the event before and report on the success after.

More resources: https://www.aauw.org/resource/tips-for-an-effective-rally

 
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#14 Hold an Art Exhibit

Ask local artists to contribute works with a stop hate or pro-inclusion theme for an exhibit in a public space. Find open areas or walls to create an art piece that honors or symbolizes the UAH campaign. Whether it’s a sculpture of a well-known activist or an illustration that displays racial equality and unity, this art will raise awareness of the UAH campaign and will promote values of safety, unity and inclusion. Ask students or local artists to contribute a piece that represents one of the UAH values. Make it a fundraiser by organizing an art auction.

 
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#15: Host a Poetry Slam

Invite students, community members etc to write poetry to express their thoughts and opinions about how to create a safe, inclusive community. Last year a local radio station hosted a Poetry Slam in honor of United Against Hate Week.

 

#16: Organize a Tribute Concert

Invite local artists to perform as a tribute to United Against Hate Week and raise awareness. This event could be a fundraiser for UAH or for victims of hate crimes in your community.

Resources: https://www.wikihow.com/Organise-a-Gig

 
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#17 Host a Facilitated Intervention Training

Invite local groups to give a training to your workplace, community, friends, etc on skills that will help individuals stand up to hate. These trainings could consist of anti-bias training, how to be an ally training, bystander training etc.

In 2018, tthe Council of American-Islamic Relations hosted a free bystander intervention where participants learned about the history and principles of nonviolence, and they practiced specific de-escalation techniques as a bystander in a variety of scenarios.

 
A panel of young people speak on the action steps they'd like to see from their peers at the NIOT Novato United Against Hate Event

A panel of young people speak on the action steps they'd like to see from their peers at the NIOT Novato United Against Hate Event

#18 Organize a "Teach-in"

Ask local professors, community leaders or subject experts to participate in a “teach-in” on a topic that is relevant to UAH. This type of event could range from a lecture or panel and community discussion about racial and gender equality to inviting a special guest or guests to explain how they overcame hate or a hate crime.

In 2018, UC Berkeley hosted a teach-in that explored the meaning of Sanctuary for All in Berkeley and what this means for community practice and public policy. The discussion focused on how to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism as part of creating a sanctuary city for all.

 
Community members in Decatur, GA meet regularly to talk and get to know each other during Decatur Dinners

Community members in Decatur, GA meet regularly to talk and get to know each other during Decatur Dinners

#19 Create a UAH-Themed Potluck

Organize a potluck at your school, community, church etc! The overarching goal of the potluck would be to bring people together to learn about the beliefs and faith traditions of others through exploration and dialogue. An event like this can foster an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding, and enable all involved to stand as a witness for tolerance, respect and understanding.

 
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#20: Convene Congregations and Faith Leaders

Host an event at your house of worship to discuss UAH and how your faith tradition and community can model action. Alternatively, consider organizing an event that brings different faith groups together in respectful presence. This type of event will provide an opportunity for people to meet people with other faith traditions, share their experiences, listen to each other, and and have conversations about matters of faith and spirituality in a safe environment.

 
 
 

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