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 [email protected].
Communities Against Hate: Resource Map.
Find local organizations in your area that can provide services, support, and meet your unique needs.
Community Response to Hate: Stop Hate Action Toolkit.
The James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate and Not In Our Town partnered to launch a series of action toolkits that provide specific steps communities can take to combat hate. Click here to learn more.
Not Alone: Bystander Intervention Resources.
The James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate and Hate Hurts. partnered to launch #NotAlone, a series of videos that examine the experiences of those who have been targeted by hate and highlight ways in which allies can provide support in the form of bystander intervention. To learn more and watch the video series, click here.
Know Your Rights: Peaceful Protest and Counter Protest.
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.
Community Response Resource Kit: When Hate Groups Come to Town
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 James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate 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)
Stand Against Hate In Your Community
The James Byrd Jr. Center to Stop Hate partnered with Not In Our Town (NIOT) to produce a pamphlet for community members on how they can prevent and respond to acts of hate, intolerance, and bullying. For a hard copy of this tri-fold pamphlet, please e-mail [email protected]
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.