This week, NCLR joined 11 other prominent national organizations to address the disturbing spike in hate incidents across the country. The initiative, Communities Against Hate, is led by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. A major part of the initiative is launching a database to bring visibility to hate incidents, and helping victims and organizations get access to legal resources and social services through a newly established hotline: (844) 9 NOHATE, or (844) 966-4283. You can also report incidents online at: nclr.us/CommunitiesAgainstHate
Communities Against Hate marks the first time organizations that represent a diverse set of impacted communities—including the Black, Latino, LGBTQ, Muslim, Arabs, and women—have joined together to aggregate data on hate incidents. The initiative will pull together traditionally separate reporting of hate incidents and provide support for victims and communities. This pairing of services and documentation is unprecedented and especially critical in our current social climate.
“We cannot allow hateful rhetoric and acts of violence to become normalized in our society. This is not what our America is about and we stand firmly with our partner groups and all Americans who believe in fairness, justice, and equal treatment of all,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murgúia. “We will continue to shine a light on these incidents and work with our community to stamp out hatred and intolerance.”
The national hotline will also serve as a resource for organizations and people themselves who are working to fight back against hate at home in their communities. Trained staff and volunteers will be able to provide callers with access to legal resources such as pro-bono attorneys and connections to mental health services, or other community organizations and resources.