What can we do in our communities to stand united against acts of hate, as they occur more frequently in our country?  In this E-News, NIOT shares a podcast highlighting the diverse stories of how the poster campaigns have become tools to combat hate.   We also highlight upcoming Bay Area opportunities in Novato and Berkeley to engage with the growing NIOT community.

Stay in touch via Facebook , Twitter or email us at info@niot.org and let us know your news and the actions that are keeping you connected and strong!

the NIOT Board and Staff

Bay Area Communities - United Against Hate

When members of white supremacist groups began a campaign to hold rallies in Berkeley and Oakland, California, a group of community leaders came up with a way to make a statement that neo-nazis, their hatred and their ideas were not welcome in the East Bay.

Not In Our Town gathered the organizers of the poster project at our office in Downtown Oakland to discuss their efforts.  The conversation was captured in our first podcast.


Sara Brissenden Smith has joined the NIOT team as the Regional Community Engagement Director. Sara has worked extensively on media engagement campaigns at Independent Television Service (ITVS).  Sara has also supported community development at the grassroots level, mobilizing groups around issues of education, workforce development, housing and equity in neighborhoods.  She is excited to support the important work of NIOT groups both in the Bay Area and across the nation.

Upcoming Events

The City of Novato, Novato Unified School District, City of Novato Police Department and Not in Our Town (NIOT) will be host a community screening of Light in the Darkness,  to encourage dialogue and create a culture of inclusion in Novato.

Light in the Darkness
Thursday, May 17th
6:00 - 8:00pm
Hill Education Center
Novato, CA

Join jazz musicians in the Craig and MacGregor Band for:

Jamming to Stop Hate
A Benefit for Not In Our Town
Wednesday May 30 7:30pm 
The Marsh in Berkeley | Allston Way


Want to work at a creative, mission-driven organization that helps communities nationwide stand up to hate? Join our team at Not In Our Town. More details

Questions, concerns, or ideas? Email  info@niot.org .