Bullying and Hate Violence - “Not In Our Town” Offers Tools to Counter Both
While hate violence makes headlines, the positive actions of people across the country are creating a different story. They are part of a movement called Not In Our Town.
Elements of the Program
Not In Our Town (NIOT) highlights communities working together to stop hate. Videos and broadcasts highlight and celebrate people who have developed creative anti-bias programs and responses. These stories have motivated many others to develop their own innovative initiatives to overpower the hateful actions and voices in their communities.
NIOT recently produced a documentary Not In Our Town: Class Actions about students who stand up to hate and bullying. The documentary profiles students and community members who are creating change in the wake of racism, anti-Semitism, and the traumatic consequences of bullying. Narrated by Yul Kwon, the half-hour documentary premiered in February 2012 on PBS stations.
Learn more about Not In Our Town: Class Actions and check local listings for future broadcasts.
On their Not In Our Schools webpage, NIOT offers lesson plans for educators, as well as videos, contests, and grants, and a What Do You Say? activity, in which students watch short video clips and then do a writing assignment to respond to the featured question.