United Against Hate Week (Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2020) is a call for local civic action by people in every Bay Area community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns and cities.
United Against Hate Week emerged from a United Against Hate poster campaign created by Bay Area Cities in response to white supremacist rallies in Berkeley and San Francisco in 2017.
Convened by Not In Our Town, a national anti-hate organization, Bay Area Cities committed to an annual week of action and awareness. United Against Hate Week has spread to 60+ cities across the U.S., and includes the Mill Valley Chamber, City of Mill Valley and Mill Valley schools. In conjunction with the countywide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, an initiative of the Marin Council of Chambers, the Mill Valley Chamber is circulating messages of unity against hate in all forms across social media.
The Mill Valley Chamber is also participating in the We Are One Marin campaign. Its genesis was the incident outside clothing store Yema in Tiburon in August, when the Black owners doing late night work were not known by law enforcement –– which spurred a confrontation and important community dialogues.
The We Are One Marin initiative highlights one local Black-, Indigenous- or person of color- owned business each week in the Marin Independent Journal, on marinij.com and on WeAreOneMarin.com. The campaign is generously underwritten by Marin Community Foundation, with coordination by the Marin IJ. Chambers of commerce from all reaches of Marin nominate businesses in their area – chamber members and non-members – to be profiled and photographed, with a goal to put a face and name with each minority-owned business. A new business will be featured every Friday through October 2021 and will remain online for a year.
Want to do your part? Here are a few COVID-friendly actions:
- Hang a UAH Poster/Create a Poster Distribution Center
- Speak Up/Hold a conversation
- Make a UAH Banner
- Gather Friends, Co-Workers, Classmates to Practice Standing up to Bigoted Remarks or Hate Speech Online
- Post and Promote UAH Week on social media