What can we do in the face of hate? Today, we talk with Patrice O'Neill from Not in Our Town. Our discussion with Patrice reminds us that we are the authors of our own stories, and we are the authors of our community's stories. We have the ability to take events, warning signs, hatred that we and others see in our community and reframe our community's narrative. Join us as Patrice shares just how communities across the country are joining together to respond to hate and write a different story for their own community.
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Patrice O’Neill Bio:
Patrice O’Neill is a filmmaker and CEO of the Oakland-based non-profit strategic media company, The Working Group and leader of Not In Our Town. Her film Not In Our Town began as a half-hour PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement to stop hate and build inclusion in communities across the U.S. and around the world. For twenty years, O'Neill has fostered a network of “Not In Our Town” activists and helped lead screenings and town hall meetings to launch sustainable hate response and prevention efforts. Recognized as a pioneer in impact media producing, O’Neill has focused on stories about people in local communities working together for change.
O’Neill’s team launched NIOT.org a social media resource and film site that provides free tools and guidance to communities about how to prevent hate and Not In Our School which includes anti bullying campaign resources for teachers and students
O’Neill has presented her films and the Not In Our Town model, sparking anti hate action in Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary and Slovakia.
She is currently completing production on Repairing the World: Stories from the Tree of Life.