Hate only wins when it divides us. When an individual is victimized by hate, it impacts entire communities. A powerful response to hate is demonstrating community values of strength, unity, and inclusion. This section provides a range of resources to assist community members as the work to respond to and prevent hate. Below find community resources. Do you have an idea for a resource that could be helpful? Let us know! E-mail NoHate@LawyersCommittee.org.
You have a constitutional right to protest. This guide provides and overview of your rights, information on the government’s obligation to protect public safety, and the steps you should take if an arrest occurs or you are subject to discrimination or harassment. Download: Know Your Rights: Peaceful Protest and Counter Protest.
This resource kit provides information on how communities can respond when hate groups host rallies in their towns, and leaflet their campus or neighborhood. It provides an overview of hate crime laws, background information on hate groups and First Amendment protected speech, as well as action items for concerned citizens and the steps an individual or institution should take if they experience hate. Download: Community Response Toolkit.
Holding Public Officials Accountable
Hate crimes, hate incidents, and hate groups do not represent our communities. As such, it is imperative that public officials are (1) made aware of hate activity in their communities, (2) hear from concerned citizens, and (3) respond timely and appropriately to community concerns. Below are sample template letters that can be sent to your public officials. If you need assistance in drafting your letter you may contact the Stop Hate Project at 1- 844-9-NO-HATE.
- Download: Sample Letter – Informing a public official of a hate group rally in your community. (.doc)
- Download: Sample Letter – Informing a public official about a specific hate incident or following up on a hate incident report. (.doc)
- Download: Sample Letter – Informing a public official about anonymous hate activity (e.g. flyering or leafleting). (.doc)
- Download: Communicating with law enforcement during times of heightened tensions. (.pdf)
When a hate crime or hate incident is committed – or when a hate group actively organizes in your community, it can leave many feeling isolated, uneasy, and fearful. It is important than ever that individuals across diverse communities continue to be vocal in their support. Download: Support Your Local Community.