PFLAG CHAPTER OF GRAND FORKS, ND
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Ten Ways To Fight Hatred
1. ACT - Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance - by the haters, the public, and worse, the victim. Decency must be exercised too. If it isn't, hate invariably persists.
2. UNITE - Call a friend or co-worker. Organize a group of allies from churches, schools, clubs, and other civic sources. 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, fearful, and alone. Let them know you care. Surround them with people they feel comfortable with. If you're a victim, report every incident and ask for help.
4. DO YOUR HOMEWORK - Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Seek advice from anti-hate organizations. Accurate information can then be spread to the community.
5. CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE - Do NOT attend a hate rally. Find another outlet for anger and frustration and people's desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade. Find a news hook, like a "hate free zone".
6. SPEAK UP - You, too have First Amendent rights. Hate must be exposed and denounced. Buy an ad. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth. Do not debate hate mongers in conflict driven talk shows.
7. LOBBY LEADERS - Persuade politicians, business and community leaders to take a stand against hate. Early action creates a positive reputation for the community, while unanswered hate will eventually be bad for business.
8. LOOK LONG RANGE - Create a "bias response" team. Hold annual events, such as a parade or culture fair, to celebrate your community's diversity and harmony. Build something the community needs. Create a web.
9. TEACH TOLERANCE - Bias is learned early, usually at home. But children from different cultures can be influenced by school programs and curricula. Sponsor an "I have a dream" contest. Target youths who may be tempted by skinheads or other hate groups.
10. DIG DEEPER - Look into issues that divide us: economic inequality, immigration, homosexuality. Work against discrimination in housing, employment, and education. Look inside yourself for prejudices and stereotypes.
( As printed in the second edition of the "Community Response Guide" of the Southern Poverty Law Center. )
Personal Education and Reflection
The GF PFLAG maintains a reference library for your personal use.
A collection of books and video tapes are available for
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered persons, their parents and friends
Use of the library is run on an "honor system"
If you borrow an item, please be sure to return it.
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