Beginning in late 2016, the United States witnessed a significant increase in hate incidents across the country. The rise of these incidents, occurring at schools, public spaces, and homes in both rural and urban America, has affected many different communities and challenged basic principles of diversity, inclusion, and safety. They have brought to light a disturbing reality of blatant xenophobia, racism, transphobia, anti-Semitism, and other forms of discrimination.
This moment raises an important question for the field of advocacy: What legal remedies, technologies, advocacy tools, and support mechanisms are available for individuals and communities that have experienced hate incidents?
Please join the Open Society Foundations for a discussion with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law as they share and explore their innovative work responding to hate through their Stop Hate Project and the development of the 1-844-9-NO-HATE resource line. Supported through Open Society's Communities Against Hate initiative, the Stop Hate Project works to strengthen the capacity of community leaders, law enforcement, and organizations around the country to combat hate by connecting these groups with established legal and social services resources—and developing new resources in response to identified needs.
- Kristen Clarke is president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- Becky Monroe is director of the Stop Hate Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
- Leslie Gross-Davis (moderator) is director of the Equality Team for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations.