[HCCN] Film -- Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness

Dick Atlee atlee at umd.edu
Fri Sep 16 17:36:15 EDT 2011

In case someone might be interested in following up on this. I've sent 
notes to several venues to see if they might be interested at some point 
in the future, but they may need someone to host a showing if the ARE 

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	A compelling, hopeful story coming your way.
Date: 	Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:44:01 -0400
From: 	Don Hazen <replies at alternet.org>

I'm proud to be writing to tell you about some compelling television
journalism coming your way on PBS next Wednesday, September 21st.

The story is a difficult but uplifting tale, where the violence and hate
that we know too well across our land is challenged by people of good
will. I'm happy to say that we have heroes and everyday Americans in our
midst who will not tolerate racism, discrimination and murder... and
that is what this powerful story is about.

The PBS film,* **/Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness/
<http://www.niot.org/lightinthedarkness>*, by the
veteran documentary team at The Working Group, out of Oakland,
California, tells the story of residents of Patchogue, Long Island,
taking action after a series of anti-immigrant attacks by local
teenagers ended with the hate crime killing of Marcelo Lucero. An
Ecuadorian immigrant, Lucero had been a Patchogue resident for 13 years.

After the tragedy, the story follows Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, the
victim’s brother Joselo Lucero, and everyday Patchogue residents as they
address the underlying causes of the violence, heal divisions, and begin
taking steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and
respected. It is quite a story, and the characters come to life in
powerful ways... You will want to watch this film.

I'm taking a point of personal privilege on behalf of AlterNet to urge
you to embrace this film, watch it, of course, on PBS next Wednesday,
<http://www.pbs.org/programs/not-in-our-town/> and
actually show it to people in your community, who may not watch it on PBS.

Fifteen years ago, citizens in Billings, Montana came together in a
powerful way to respond to a series of hate crimes in their community.
The media company, The Working Group (TWG), documented the Billings
story in a movie that aired on PBS. That film, /*Not In Our Town*/,
spawned a movement <http://www.niot.org/> now
active in hundreds of communities and schools throughout the US.
AlterNet invested a lot of energy to launch that effort way back then,
and over the years I have served on the Board of The Working Group. I
have admired their tenacity, creativity, and ability to help everyday
people step up and say "No" to acts of hate in their communities.

It is a remarkable effort.

Over 150 */Light in the Darkness/** screenings* are now being planned in
communities across the country, many as part of the Not In Our Town
National Week of Action
September 18-24. The campaign, using the film to inspire positive
action, is enjoying tremendous support from over 25 national partners
including the National Hispanic Media Coalition, the National League of
Cities and the AFL-CIO. Nearly 20 regional public media outlets have
also partnered with Not In Our Town to engage their communities in
local /Light in the Darkness/ activities.

Visit the /Light in the Darkness/ section of
NIOT.org to find out more about the film, sign up to host a screening
download a screening kit
and get ideas for taking action
<http://www.niot.org/lightinthedarkness/community> in your town.

And make sure you go to PBS.org (above) and see
when /Light in the Darkness/ is being broadcast in your community.

For more information about the film and campaign, visit NIOT.org, email
info at niot.org, or contact Nato Green at (510) 268-9675.

Don Hazen
Executive Editor

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