Earlier this summer, MoveOn.org launched the Resistance Summer, which was created to mobilize people around action and create tangible victories for environmental and social movements. We’re joining in with our Eight Weeks of Action series. This week, after the hateful, racist riot incited in Charlottesville, VA, we're focusing on action specifically to fight hate in your community
We want to harness the energy that people have for resistance this summer. Each week, we’ll give you seven actions you can take towards combating hate, protecting the environment, supporting green businesses, and holding corporations responsible. Some of these actions will be harder or more time consuming than others, but we think if you’re able to take action every day, or even a few days a week, you’ll know you’ve made an impact.
We’re moving forward, with or without Washington. Will you join us?
Day 1: If you’re a parent, a teacher, or otherwise work with children or teens, download the SPLC’s free quarterly magazine, Teaching Tolerance. (Consider donating if you find it useful.) Every issue is packed with information, ideas, and lesson plans to help you teach compassion, understanding, and inclusivity to the young people in your life. The organization offers free print issues, resources, and kits to teachers and others who work with children professionally.
Day 2: Start a conversation café, or join one to talk with others in your community about important issues. Moving “from small talk to big talk” is often the first step to taking action together.
Day 3: Ask others in your community to put out signs to signal that hate isn’t welcome in your city. Or buy several and give away extras when neighbors talk to you about your sign. Don’t underestimate their power!
Day 4: Join your local chapter of the NAACP and fight for racial equality. Membership is open to all, regardless of race.
Day 5: The Anti-Defamation League urges people to learn common hate-group symbols and slogans, so you can recognize them and offer support to communities and people who are targeted. The ADL’s Hate on Display database includes many.
Day 7: Write letters to the editor of local newspapers in support of targeted communities in your area, or against legislation that promotes hate and divisiveness. If your neighborhood is the victim of a hate crime, speak to the press to shine a light on the incident and allow your community to come to your aid.
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