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NIOT Recognized at Parliament of The World Religions 

Patrice O'Neill receives award at global interfaith event

Venerable Tsering Dhargye puts final touches on a sand painting at the Parliament (Photo by Ravell Call, Deseret News)
The Parliament of the World's Religions is a gathering of 10,000 people of 50 different faiths - from over 80 countries - which was held this year in Salt Lake City, UT. Not In Our Town was proud to present our film Waking in Oak Creek at this powerful event, including a panel discussion featuring NIOT's CEO Patrice O'Neill, Pardeep Kaleka, Arno Michaelis and Rahul Dubey from the Oak Creek film. 

At a plenary session at the Parliament, Patrice O'Neill received the "Outstanding Journalist Award" for her "extraordinary contributions to the global interfaith movement."

Marshalltown, Iowa NIOT Screening

Local NIOT group hosts transformative event

Forgiveness, healing, and finding the courage to make change were key themes in a community discussion in Marshalltown, Iowa following a recent screening of Waking in Oak Creek, sponsored by Not in Our Town - Marshalltown Iowa Committee, the Times-Republican and the Marshalltown YWCA

Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis, who formed an anti violence campaign called Serve2Unite following the Oak Creek hate crime killings, joined NIOT at Marshalltown High School, and later that evening at the Orpheum Theater. Police Chief Mike Tupper spoke about the need to face the dangers of hate, and business leader David Barajas, Sister Chris Feagan, and Marshalltown Times-Republican Publisher Mike Schlesinger helped advance a discussion about next steps for the local NIOT group. 

Marshalltown is one of the pilot cities for the Not in Our Town Gold Star City Program.

See more photos on Facebook, and read coverage of the event at the Times-Republican.
Muslim Education Center Outside Chicago Hosts Interfaith Screening

Screening of "Waking in Oak Creek" in Morton Grove, IL

Community comes together in Morton Grove, IL
After an emotional screening of Waking in Oak Creek, our film about the Sikh Temple killings outside Milwaukee, a Muslim man in Morton Grove said, "I feel like those six people took a bullet for me."

Mayor Steve Scaffidi and Rahul Dubey from Oak Creek, joined Patrice O'Neill in a discussion with dozens of local Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian leaders about how to spread the inspiring message of healing and community engagement to other venues in the Chicago region.  

NIOT at University of Illinois and Hate Crimes Training

Chicago community and law enforcement hold Not In Our Town events

Panelists pose for a picture 
On October 20th, the University of Illinois hosted a screening of Waking in Oak Creek and A Prosecutor's Stand. Chicago Commissioner on Human Relations Mona Noriega moderated a powerful panel that included: Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney, Gerald Hankerson, Outreach Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Reema Kapur, Executive Director of South Asian-American Policy & Research Institute, Harsimran Kaur, Legal Director at The Sikh Coalition, Gretchen Hammon, Staff Writer for Windy City Times, Danielle Ruys, Community Activist for Transgender Women, and Bill Yoshino, the Midwest Regional Director for Japanese Americans Citizens League. 

Waking in Oak Creek was also featured at a hate crimes training event hosted by the FBI at Benedictine University on October 28th.


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