Southern Poverty Law Center: 10 Ways to Fight Hatred in America

New Community Resource Guide

The full guide can be found online here.
Or download it as a pdf: 10-ways.pdf.

10_ways1 ACT
Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance by the perpetrators, the public, and — worse — the victims. Community members must take action; if we don’t, hate persists.

2 JOIN FORCES
Reach out to allies from churches, schools, clubs, and other civic groups. Create a diverse coalition. Include children, police, and the media. Gather ideas from everyone, and get everyone involved.

3 SUPPORT THE VICTIMS
Hate crime victims are especially vulnerable. If you’re a victim, report every incident — in detail — and ask for help. If you learn about a hate crime victim in your community, show support. Let victims know you care. Surround them with comfort and protection.

4 SPEAK UP
Hate must be exposed and denounced. Help news orga­nizations achieve balance and depth. Do not debate hate group members in conflict-driven forums. Instead, speak up in ways that draw attention away from hate, toward unity.

5 EDUCATE YOURSELF
An informed campaign improves its effectiveness. Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Understand the difference between a hate crime and a bias incident.

6 CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE
Do not attend a hate rally. Find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw media attention away from hate.

7 PRESSURE LEADERS
Elected officials and other community leaders can be important allies. But some must overcome reluctance — and others, their own biases — before they’re able to take a stand.

8 STAY ENGAGED
Promote acceptance and address bias before another hate crime can occur. Expand your comfort zone by reaching out to people outside your own groups.

9 TEACH ACCEPTANCE
Bias is learned early, often at home. Schools can offer lessons of tolerance and acceptance. Host a diversity and inclusion day on campus. Reach out to young people who may be susceptible to hate group propaganda and prejudice.

10 DIG DEEPER
Look inside yourself for biases and stereotypes. Commit to disrupting hate and intolerance at home, at school, in the workplace and in faith communities.

 

Solidarity and Prayer in the Face of Hatred and Racism

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Interfaith Community-Wide
Worship Service

Wednesday, August 16, 12:00 noon
at
Bethel AME Church
604 Walnut Street

In Light of the Recent Events
in  
Charlottesville, VA

It is important for the Wilmington community to come together in light of the recent events of Charlottesville, VA, with white nationalist, the KKK, white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups.
Join us as we come together as a community to respond with solidarity, prayer, and as a show of our commitment to the address the acts of hatred our nation witnessed over the weekend.
—Reverend Silvester Beaman 

Delaware Stands in Solidarity with Charlottesville

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Wilmington, Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville

We are standing in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us. Several DE groups (Indivisible, Women’s March Huddles, etc. ) will be meeting by the Rockford Tower from 6 7pm on Sunday August 13, 2017. Please bring signs, candles, and a compassionate attitude to join in solidarity.

Rockford Park, near tower
Wilmington, DE 19806
TODAY, August 13, 6:00 PM

Go on Facebook and say you’re coming.

 

Watch video of Clergy in Charlottesville protesting the white supremacists, courtesy of Sojourner’s Magazine. The silent march included many UU clergy and UUA President Susan Frederick Gray.

 

 

 

Beyond James T. Vaughn: Fixing Delaware’s Broken Prison System

Join a free public discussion sponsored by the ACLU, with the director of their National Prison Project.

June 7, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:00 PM 
First and Central Presbyterian Church
1101 N. Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801
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With an incarceration rate nearly twice as high as neighboring New Jersey, Delaware is an unfortunate leader in America’s trend of mass incarceration.

Prison staff shortages compound the lack of crucial programming, making successful re-entry an unlikely outcome in the First State. Bring your lunch and join us as we take a hard look at the pitfalls of our troubled prison system–and how it can be fixed.

david_fathi_for_webFeatured speaker David C. Fathi is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, which brings challenges to conditions of confinement in prisons, jails, and other detention facilities, and works to end the policies that have given the United States the highest incarceration rate in the world.

Questions? Call Mindy Bogue at (302) 654-5326, ext. 101 or mbogue@aclu-de.org.

More information at the ACLU-DE website.

 

Pop-Up Field Trip to Bright Spot Farms

Saturday, May 20   —  10 a.m. to Noon

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Learn about Bright Spot Urban Farm—it’s easy!

  • Meet at First Unitarian at 10:00 on Saturday.

  • Carpool to Bright Spot Farms in New Castle.

  • Tour the garden (where you will help with weeding)

  • Hear about the Bright Spot job skills training program (some of our ILYA graduates have participated)

  • Shop the greenhouse (flowers, herbs, vegetables)

  • Return to church between 12:00 and 12:30

Questions? Call Renee Anderson (302) 529-7845

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FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE

Hot Buttons: Death Penalty and Abortion Rights [SIGN HERE]

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Look for our table in the Parish Hall on May 21

Oppose HB 125, restoration of capital punishment

cropped-UUDAN-new-logo_3DELAWARE’S DEATH PENALTY statute was deemed unconstitutional by the Delaware Supreme Court in August, 2016. House Bill 125 was recently introduced to reinstate the death penalty in Delaware. It passed the House of Representatives on May 9. Many UU’s are now engaged in the effort to defeat this legislation.

As recently as 2013, DE was listed as fifth in death sentences per capita and third in executions per capita following the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976.

The death penalty does not deter crime. In spite of its consistent use of the death penalty, Delaware is in the top 10 states in terms of murder rate. States with the death penalty have consistently higher murder rates than those without the death penalty.

The Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN) is undertaking an email campaign enabling congregation members to communicate with their State Senators. However, the outcome in the Senate remains uncertain.

On May 21, we will be signing letters to Governor Carney asking him to veto House Bill 125 if it reaches his desk The Governor has expressed ambivalence about the death penalty and it is critical that he hear from those opposed to this barbaric practice. Look for our table in the Parish Hall during social hour.

 

Support SB 5, protect choice for Delaware women


SheDecides DEDelaware has had a law on the books since 1953 that SEVERELY LIMITS AND EVEN CRIMINALIZES ABORTION. If Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, that is the law that would be in effect here in Delaware.

For decades, delegates at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association have supported Statements of Conscience favoring reproductive justice. Now we need to raise our Delaware UU voices in support of reproductive choice—right here at home.

In the General Assembly, the State Senate has passed SB 5, a bill that would bring Delaware law up to the current US standards. It is now in the hands the House for hearings and vote. Many religious organizations have been vocal opponents this bill. Our religious voices are needed.

On May 21 and 28, we will have postcards available for you to write a brief note to House delegates, stating that you are a person of faith and support the legislation. We will take care of addressing and mailing them. Look for a table in the Parish Hall during social hour. More information at https://www.shedecidesdelaware.org/.

Oppose HB 125, Delaware’s Renewed Death Penalty

cropped-UUDAN-new-logo_3ACT NOW.
Join the UU Delaware Advocacy Network and tell your state senator to oppose HB 125.

Delaware’s death penalty was deemed unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court in August, 2016. House Bill 125 was recently introduced to reinstate the death penalty in Delaware, and was passed by the House of Representatives on May 9.

The new Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network (UUDAN), with members from all five UU congregations in the state, is now advocating in opposition to HB 125 in the Delaware Senate. If you are a Delaware resident, please visit the UUDAN Sign Up Page to join UUDAN.

Click here to join UUDAN and oppose the death penalty in Delaware.

Providing your address and clicking the “Submit Button” on this page will enable UUDAN’s powerful advocacy software to send you a direct link next week to your State Senator just as the bill is being considered. We’ll also guidance for both phone and email communications.

In the future, legislative advocacy communications will come directly from UUDAN, so sign up now! Visit the UUDAN website to find out more about our growing advocacy network.

Jack Guerin
UU Society of Mill Creek