Published September 16th, 2011 at 2:37 PM
Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers. While starkly revealing the trauma of hate, this powerful documentary encourages viewers to take action and prevent intolerance from turning into violence.
You can join a group of fellow concerned citizens in taking a stand against hate in our community. After a screening of Not In Our Town:Light in the Darkness, U.S. Justice Department Region VII Community Relations Directer Pascual Marquez discussed best practices for addressing and preventing hate-crimes in our community. Much of the discussion focused on anti-immigrant and homophobic attitudes in our neighborhoods, schools and in politics. Marquez proposed creating a task force of citizens and organizations that would be resource for preventing, reporting and reconciliation of hate crimes. You or your organization can get involved here.
In conjunction with the national PBS documentary KCPT’s The Local Show highlights communities coming together to stop hate and features several segments showcasing local efforts to combat acts of hate and bullying in our community.
This event was co-sponsored by: Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, PFLAG-KC and The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project.
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