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Not In Our Town - Marin

On May 25th, 2017, local leaders and partner organizations from across Marin County gathered at the Osher Marin JCC for a film screening and introduction to Not in Our Town, a nation-wide movement to stop hate and build safe, inclusive communities. Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke shared a number of instances of hate speech that have occurred in the county since November – incidents where Hispanic students, Jewish students and Muslim students have been intimidated and made to feel excluded.

Not in Our Town Executive Producer Patrice O'Neill spoke about the movement and the film, Waking in Oak Creek, which documents a hate crime in Oak Creek, Wisconsin in which six Sikh worshippers were gunned down by a white supremacist. A police lieutenant severely injured in the attack joined forces with the mayor of Oak Creek to forge new bonds with the Sikh community. As we saw in the film, thousands gathered for vigils and community events in the year following the tragedy to honor the victims and build connection to prevent such an atrocity from ever happening again.

After the film, numerous Marin County residents stepped forward to share their personal stories of experiencing anti-Semitism or Islamophobia here in Marin County. And then, everyone stood – with public officials taking the lead – to recite the following pledge:

Not in Our Town Marin is a diverse, non-partisan association of Marin County students, schools, mothers, fathers, faith leaders, religious congregations, law enforcement, civic leaders, artists, media organizations, businesses and community members. We are strongly committed to standing together with our neighbors and all who are directly and indirectly targets of hate, bigotry, bullying and intolerance.

We are pledged to being upstanders, not bystanders. We are pledged to engage in cooperative community building based on collaboration and respect. We are pledged to work and stand together to create safer, more inclusive communities for all. And we are pledged to nurture compassion and understanding. Together we will work to ensure that Marin County upholds these values.

Please enjoy the following video, shot at the May 25th event in Marin County:


If you would like to become involved in NOT IN OUR TOWN MARIN’s future activities, please contact Joanne Greene by emailing jgreene@marinjcc.org