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NIOT Event With Harvard Pluralism Project 

Free screening at Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square

On Tuesday, January 26th at 6:30pm, The Pluralism Project at Harvard University will host a free screening and discussion of Not in Our Town's Waking in Oak Creek, at the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square. The film will be followed by a panel featuring our own Patrice O'Neill, along with film subjects Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis, and Karin Firoza of Boston's Young Muslims Engaging. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Diana Eck, founder and director of the the Pluralism Project. 

The following day, on January 27th, Kaleka, Michaelis and O'Neill will continue the conversation in Lexington, MA, where they will lead a post-screening round table discussion at the Lexington Historical Society. 

Learn more about the Harvard Square event on the 26th here, and RSVP for the Lexington event here.
Community Reflects on MLK Day

NIOT asks, How can we #EmbraceTheDream?  

As large scale protests across the country highlight the racial injustice that continues to plague the country, Dr. Martin Luther King's dream for justice, equality and non-violence provides an urgent call for reflection and action this year. 

Every January, Not In Our Town honors Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy by sharing the real life stories of people who are applying Dr. King's principles today. Though the political landscape has changed since the Civil Rights era, his dream that the United States would fulfill its promise of equality has yet to become reality. But Dr. King's work proves that change is indeed possible in this country. 

Watch the video and learn how people are taking action on Facebook.
Inspiring a "non-violent revolution"

Not in Our School club makes impact in Tennessee

Photo by The Oak Ridger
Students at Oak Ridge High School in Tennessee, who started a
Not In Our School club, were recently featured in their local paper for their efforts to combat bullying, bias, and hate. The club members dedicated their first action to signing a pledge to include "Upstander" in the dictionary. Hannah Oran, a NIOS member, told the The Oak Ridger that "there is a lot of violence in the world, and there doesn't have to be. I hope that we inspire others to become a part of a 'non-violent revolution' of sorts and help change that." 

Read the full story at the The Oak Ridger here.
Communities Combat Islamophobia

Groups nationwide organize to stand with Muslim neighbors

Photo by David Proeber - The Pantagraph
Across the country, in response to a number of recent hate crimes, people are coming together to stand with their Muslim neighbors and friends. From Billings, MT to Oak Creek, WI, local Not In Our Town groups are part of these efforts to rebuke the Islamophobia which has increased in the wake of recent terror attacks, and to make their communities safer for all residents. 

In Ohio, a local NIOT group along with the City of Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University will host a panel discussion next week to continue this important dialogue. Learn more.

And check out what other NIOT groups are doing nationwide to combat Islamophobia here.
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Warriors Fans Take the Pledge

As part of our ongoing "Not On Our Ground" campaign with the Golden State Warriors and Adobe, we've been asking fans in Oakland to take the pledge at Warriors' games! Make sure you're following NIOT on Instagram to see the latest photos, and click here to watch our PSA.