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Not In Our Town is a documentary series and campaign that combines public television broadcasts with grassroots events, educational outreach and online activities to help communities battling hate talk to — and learn from — each other.

Since the critically acclaimed PBS specials sparked a movement against hate crimes in 1995, Not In Our Town has grown to become one of the country's leading resources for community organizations seeking to prevent and respond to hate crimes. Hundreds of communities have participated in this nationwide campaign against hate, using screenings of Not In Our Town documentaries to launch public discussions about hatred in classrooms, town halls, workplaces and houses of worship.

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About the Not In Our Town documentaries

In 1995, The Working Group told the uplifting story Not In Our Town, about how the residents of Billings, Montana, joined together when their neighbors were threatened by white supremacists. Townspeople of all races and religions swiftly moved into action. Religious and community leaders, labor union volunteers, law enforcement, the local newspapers, and concerned individuals stood united and spoke loudly for a hate-free community, proclaiming in no uncertain terms, "Not In Our Town!"

The story of Billings struck a chord around the nation. One year later, a follow-up, Not In Our Town II, presented six compelling new stories about people working to create hate-free towns, cities, workplaces and schools.

In 2005, The Working Group partnered with San Francisco's KQED-TV to create a new regional special, Not In Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here. This hour-long documentary looks at five Northern California communities dealing with deadly hate violence over a five-year period. Together, the stories reveal that whether the motivation is racism, anti-Semitism, gender or sexual orientation, hate is the same. But community members are finding innovative ways to respond when hate happens here.

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