United Against Hate

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California Attorney General Rob Bonta will be the keynote speaker on April 6 at the United Against Hate forum at Fresno City College. Photo courtesy of the State of California Department of Justice. 
California Attorney General Rob Bonta will be the keynote speaker on April 6 at the United Against Hate forum at Fresno City College. Photo courtesy of the State of California Department of Justice. 

California Attorney General Rob Bonta will be the keynote speaker on April 6 at the United Against Hate forum at Fresno City College.

“We must stand united against hate and do our part to prevent it in our communities. I am excited to participate in the United Against Hate Forum on April 6 and invite all community members who are committed to eliminating bias to join us,” said Bonta.

“The Stop the Hate coalition and their campaign helps to combat hate by promoting awareness on hate crime prevention measures. I want to thank the Stop the Hate Coalition, local leaders and organizations in Fresno and surrounding areas for their partnership and commitment to combating the rise of hate by fostering holistic, community-based responses and providing resources where they are most needed.”

This forum is being organized by the San Joaquin Valley Media Alliance, the Community Alliance newspaper and a coalition of community groups working to Stop the Hate. Over the past two years, this coalition has held town halls, conducted intervention training and shared with the community the most effective ways to report hate crimes and incidents.

Our next big event will be United Against Hate on April 6 at 10 a.m. at Fresno City College (FCC) Forum Hall 101. The goal is to bring together as many community members as possible and all the grassroots Stop the Hate coalition organizations, together with FCC students, to kick off a campaign that expands the work we are doing.

We are asking you to

  • Attend the April 6 forum and help make this event a success.
  • Help us pass a resolution to Stop the Hate at city councils, school boards, faith groups, unions and community groups. To download a copy of the resolution, visit fresnoalliance.com.
  • Pick up “Stop the Hate, Be the Love” yard signs and bumper stickers at the event to saturate our communities with this message.

This event is being organized by the Stop the Hate coalition, which was made possible by a grant to the San Joaquin Valley Media Alliance from the California State Library under the statewide Stop the Hate initiative, of which the Community Alliance newspaper is a part.

Stop the Hate Resolution

The Stop the Hate Coalition is asking community support to get city councils, school boards, unions, community groups and faith groups to pass the resolution below. To download a copy of the resolution, visit fresnoalliance.com.

We, <organization name>, pledge to stand up to all forms of hate, racism, bigotry and bullying.

We will not stay silent in the face of intolerance based on race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, religion, ability, country of origin, immigration status or any other factor.

We will work together with our community to create safer and more inclusive communities for all.

By making this pledge today, we promise to

  • Learn about what counts as a hate crime.
  • Educate our families and friends to recognize hate crime, support the targeted person and report to the police or an appropriate third-party organization.
  • Train our staff in hate crime awareness and recognition, and create a safe and all-inclusive environment that supports equality and good relations within and outside the workplace.
  • Ensure that our policy procedures are effective in addressing hate crime incidents that might occur in the workplace either between employees, or against staff members or the public.
  • Support and create activities in the community and workplace that promote diversity, inclusion, kindness and good relationships.
  • Help display visual materials in public areas disapproving all forms of hate in our communities and share this information with others through leaflets, posters and social media posts.
  • Report to the police or send details to 559-600-CVAC (2822) if we witness, suffer or become aware of any persons, organizations or businesses that are demonstrating hate speech.
  • Encourage victims who have disclosed a hate crime to report it to police or a third-party organization and support them in passing any specific details wherever possible.

Groups Working on the Stop the Hate Campaign

Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) 
Central Valley Partnership
Community Alliance Newspaper
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Dolores Huerta Foundation 
Economic Opportunities Center—LGBTQ+
Education and Leadership Foundation
Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM)
First Mennonite Church of Reedley
Fresno City College Social Justice Center
Fresno Rainbow Pride
Human Rights Coalition
Indigenous Justice
Jakara Movement
Madera Coalition for Community Justice
NAACP—Madera
NAACP—Fresno
Peace Fresno
Poder Latinx
Reedley Peace Center
San Joaquin Valley LEAP (Huron Mayor Rey Leon) 
San Joaquin Valley Media Alliance
Stone Soup
Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network (SIREN)
The Fresno Center
The Source (Visalia)
West Fresno Democratic Club
Yokuts Valley Residents Committee

Yard signs with the “Stop the Hate, Be the Love” message will be available for those interested at the April 6 United Against Hate event at Fresno City College.

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    The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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