Taking it to the streets...

NIOT 2.0, as our current campaign has come to be called, targets every sector of community life, from multicultural relations on the block to fair and equal practices in the workplace, an end to bullying in school and on campus, and a safe and inclusive environment in local restaurants, stores., and venues.

Fall 2014: The Not In Our Town Steering Committee charts the program's second phase recently at the McLean County YWCA.

ONE BUSINESS, ONE BLOCK, ONE PERSON AT A TIME

Electronic billboards such as the one above are among the media that have been used to promote individual Bloomington-Normal business's commitment to Not In Our Town principles.

NIOT:BN was on hand for an historic regional LGBT conference at ISU in February 2015.

NIOT:BN was on hand for an historic regional LGBT conference at ISU in February 2015.

Eliminating hate is a daunting, seemingly insurmountable task. That's why Not In Our Town seeks to start with the community's most influential grassroots opinion leaders -- the retailers and restaurant owners who interact daily with the populace; the CEOs and office managers who can help ensure the workplace is not a hostile one; teachers and administrators who can stop bullying in its tracks; police officials who can forge a strong new relationship with the community; neighborhood leaders who can set a positive example for cultural acceptance, respect, and cooperation.

Young Twin Citians sign NIOT:B/N pledge cards as part of their commitment to fight bullying during the April 25, 2015, "Hide and Seek" dinner theater presentation focusing on bullying.

Young Twin Citians sign NIOT:B/N pledge cards as part of their commitment to fight bullying during the April 25, 2015, "Hide and Seek" dinner theater presentation focusing on bullying.

As part of its educational program, NIOT participates in community and regional conferences, visits local classrooms, and provide a presence at community rallies, workshops, vigils, and cultural festivals. Not In Our Town can point victims of discrimination, harassment, racism, sexism, and bullying to key community resources.

And this website shares Twin Cities Stories -- firsthand accounts of hate in action and cross-cultural understanding, news of positive developments and pressing issues in the community, and insights into diverse cultures and the common bonds they share.

 

 

Hate has no place here. Not In Our Town supporters pledge to help erase bigotry and bullying from their workplace, from their businesses, from their classrooms and campuses. From their lives.

Not In Our Town hopes to foster a more inclusive community. That's a community that's more economically productive, more open to growth. And it's a safer community.

 

 

Not In Our Town Bloomington-Normal kicked off its next phase in December 2014 with The Season4Reason campaign, directed at reaching the Twin Cities' diverse communities during a time of multicultural celebration and giving.

 

Bloomington-Normal Not In Our Town and Bloomington Police Department representatives recently participated in a hate crimes summit in Chicago.

NIOTBN celebrated 20 years of building a safer, more inclusive community June 28, 2016, at Bloomington's Old Courthouse.