First Annual “Oneday Against Hate” Sparks Widespread Conversations of Understanding Online and in Workplaces, Schools, Houses of Worship Across the U.S.

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Alliance Led by Groups Including NAACP, Human Rights Campaign, ADL, Univision and The Coca-Cola Company Takes Significant Steps to Change National Dialogue Around Bigotry

"The only path toward defeating hate is for all of us—people from every background and identity —to stand against injustice and inequality."

Last Monday, October 1, Oneday Against Hate, a national movement combating hate by encouraging conversations of understanding, launched on social media and in hundreds of schools, workplaces, and houses of worship across the country. Inspiring dialogue among hundreds of Americans, the growing movement will take place annually on the first Monday of October.

In honor of Oneday, diverse people of all ages took part in conversations to build understanding and forge deeper human connections. Notable events included peer conversations and activities in schools such as Marshall Elementary School in Manassas, VA, Jupiter High School in Jupiter, FL, Leander Middle School in Leander, TX, and Lusher Middle School in New Orleans, LA; Pac-12 college athletes creating PSAs about the importance of inclusivity; and intraoffice dialogues shared on social media by employees of large corporations such as PwC.

"The only path toward defeating hate is for all of us—people from every background and identity —to stand against injustice and inequality," said Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Press Secretary Sarah McBride. "We were honored to join in the Oneday Against Hate campaign and will continue to work across communities and movements to fight for equality today, tomorrow and every day."

In its inaugural year, the Oneday Against Hate alliance was comprised of more than 20 high profile corporations, media outlets, nonprofits, and youth movements including NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), The Coca-Cola Company, Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), PwC, HRC, UnidosUS, ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), 92nd Street Y (92Y), the Consulate General of Colombia to New York, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Religions for Peace, The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL), Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), the non-denominational Jewish youth group BBYO, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Pac-12 (Pacific Coast Conference), and fraternity Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT).

“We were excited to be a part of this grassroots coalition bringing people together for tolerance-building dialogue because when voices are heard, communities are connected, and ideas are nurtured from the ground up, movements like Oneday Against Hate, can grow and real change can begin,” said Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at 92Y.

Other Oneday Against Hate activations included employees at dozens of Mexican Consulates
across the country taking part in inclusive dialogues; Colorado diversity leaders coming together to speak about the meaning of hate; educator trainings hosted by the NCEA; conversations between students in dorm rooms at the University of Connecticut; and impactful dialogues live streamed across the web, including one between high profile survivors of hate crimes Susan Bro, Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer’s mother, Jane Clementi, mother of cyber-bullying victim Tyler Clementi, and Las Vegas Police Department Deputy Chief Christopher Darcy.

“Oneday Against Hate was a strong start, but the fight to end bias in this country is just beginning,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and National Director of ADL. “We encourage everyone to continue holding these important and sometimes difficult conversations in order to create a more just, inclusive, and open-minded world.”

To learn more about the discussions started on October 1, follow the hashtag #WeAreOneday on Facebook and Twitter, and visit weareoneday.org to pledge to join the movement in the future.

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Laurie Kamens| laurie(at)gzandassociates.com |646-603-6869
Jes Siart | jes(at)gzandassociates.com | 603-289-8707

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