||Establish a Human Rights Commission and a Community Watch
Group in your city/town.
||Organize a local multicultural committee
that serves as an umbrella organization for groups which raise awareness about prejudice
and provide support for cultural events, holiday programs or community efforts that
promote intergroup harmony
||Volunteer to serve on one of these organizations' committees
and work to support their initiatives.
||Petition government officials to issue a
proclamation making your city/town a prejudice-free zone.
||Plan a community-wide "Walk/Run Against Hate" in
which sponsored participants would donate all monies pledged to an anti-bias or other
human rights organization.
||Become aware of your city/town's
demographics and compare it to others around the state to better understand the diversity
in your community.
||Hold a city-wide Human Rights Day. Contact representatives of
the Reebok Human Rights Board, Amnesty International, ADL and other human rights
organizations to participate.
||Build a community float that promotes
understanding and respect for the diversity of your community and march in local and state
parades. Contact parade officials to make sure that groups of all different backgrounds
are invited to march.
||Suggest to your local newspaper that it devote a corner of the
editorial page each month to at least one opinion piece relating to anti-prejudice and
||Meet with school and community librarians
and local bookstores to discuss ways to highlight
literature that is representative of all cultures and
||Compile a citizen's directory of the businesses and community
organizations that exist to support diverse groups in the community.
||Research your community's involvement in struggles
for civil and human rights throughout history
(e.g., abolition, the civil rights movement, the women's
rights and gay rights movements, etc.) and create an
exhibit for the local library/town hall.
||Discuss alternative accessibility routes such as ramps, stairs
and elevators in your community and invite speakers into your school and community groups
to talk about such initiatives
||Make sure your public facilities accommodate
the needs of all residents.
||Collect traditional family recipes from local residents for a
Community Cookbook. Solicit ads to support the cost of reproducing and distributing the
book as part of a welcome wagon program for new residents.
|| Organize a city-wide "Hoops for
Harmony" basketball tournament with proceeds from ticket sales going to a local
non-profit organization that promotes awareness of and respect for diversity.
||Hold a "Paint-Out Day" to eliminate graffiti that
promotes bigotry, culminating with a potluck supper.
||Brainstorm 100 more ways to make your
community a prejudice-free zone!