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Friday Feature 8.18.2017
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The Center for START Services
What you can do now to Promote Acceptance
As Director Beasley stated yesterday, our country is in crisis and our job as a network is to do what we can to address the hate and intolerance and promote peace, hope, and acceptance. Today we are sharing some ideas, tools, and resources to help you act, support victims, educate yourself, and teach acceptance.
Join Us
The START National Team will be holding talking sessions with our programs when we visit around the country. We will also be scheduling training and other forums moving forward. We will begin announcing these sessions in the coming weeks - please stay tuned and plan on joining us.
Support Victims of Hate Crimes
Support the victims of violence in Charlottesville on Saturday by donating to the medical fund for all those injured. 
Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide
In the wake of last weekend's hateful violence, the Southern Poverty Law Center released a new edition of their resource, "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide," a longstanding and powerful guide for peacefully and effectively taking a stand against bigotry.
 
1. Act - sitting home with your virtue does no good
2. Join forces - create a diverse coalition
3. Support victims - support victims with comfort & protection
4. Speak up - hate must be exposed and denounced
5. Educate yourself - learn the difference between hate and bias
6. Create an alternative - channel people away from hate events
7. Pressure leaders - fighting hate requires community leaders
8. Stay engaged - address bias before hate crimes can occur
9. Teach acceptance - bias is learned at home, teach our youth
10. Dig deeper - look inside yourself for biases

 
Educate Yourself and Your Community
The Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence has several resources and assessment tools available to help you better understand cultural and linguistic competence and perform individual and organizational self-assessments.
If you are participating in counter demonstrations this weekend, please keep the work of Gandhi and King in mind and do it in peace. Social justice must be promoted through non-violent demonstrations.
- Dr. Beasley
Thanks for reading and happy Friday,

The Center for START Services

 
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Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire