Ideas for Action
What could “United Against Hate” Week look like in your community?
Cities can play a vital role in convening key civic institutions and diverse community members to organize local actions to stop hate and promote an atmosphere of inclusion.
Brainstorm ideas as a group and discuss what makes sense to put your plan into action.
Here is a list of potential activities as a starting point!
Pass a resolution supporting United Against Hate Week and promote it through your newsletter accounts. View Berkeley’s resolution passed on July 10, 2018.
Purchase posters (store coming soon!) for your city and distribute throughout your community.
Convene an organizing committee to plan events or promote the week so it will resonate with everyone.
Organize a block party and encourage all your neighbors to participate. Download posters and pass them out to neighbors and businesses to hang in their windows.
Work with your local librarian to identify a book club selection with themes related to UAH Week. The ADL website has an excellent list of recommended books that can get you started.
Organize a free community screening event of films that encourage discussion of how to prevent hate and intolerance. Not In Our Town is providing free access to several documentary films for UAH Week. Here are some tips for hosting a screening.
Host a community breakfast or potluck with a ‘welcoming’ or inclusion theme. Learn more about Welcoming Communities here.
Organize a community bike ride to build community and bring attention to UAH week. Encourage all riders to wear UAH t-shirts. Learn about the Slow Roll as inspiration for your event.
STUDENTS AND CHILDREN
Spread a “sign-up” pledge to stop hate and bullying in your school or community. Download Not In Our Town’s anti-hate, anti-bullying pledge form, organize a signing table and begin to spread this important message in your community today.
Convene student groups to discuss and demonstrate anti-hate / anti-bullying intervention actions.
Hold a kid’s coloring contest or a poster contest with a UAH theme (i.e., What does a happy and safe community look like?). Ask your local library or a community center if you can post the submissions during UAH week or post them at schools.
ARTISTS AND CREATIVES
Ask local artists to contribute works with a stop hate or pro-inclusion theme for an exhibit in a public space.
Work with a local artist to create an art installation or mural project.
Contact local public offices to request approval for an art exhibit at your town or city hall or governmental offices for UAH Week to provide information on how to stop hate and build a safe, inclusive and welcoming community.
Identify a local photographer (or photography student) to work on a community portraits project during UAH week. Have photographs taken at all events and create a community album highlighting the diversity of your city or town. If you have funds available, get prints made to display at a local agency, library or museum.
Encourage local religious institutions to host open houses and interfaith dialogues.
Encourage community members to attend services as guests at a new house of worship for UAH week. Feature Sunday/Saturday school lessons and sermons.
Remind all participants in your events to use the hashtag: #UnitedAgainstHateWeek when they post about activities on social media.