New York is experiencing a surge in hate violence that mirrors a rising tide of hate nationwide. According to the F.B.I., hate violence reached a 16-year high in 2018. The NYPD says reports of antisemitic crimes specifically rose by 24 percent in 2019, while gender related hate crimes nearly doubled and homophobic hate crimes rose as well. Nationally, hate violence against Latinx people is at a 10-year high.
NYC Against Hate has organized the Day Against Hate, a series of events occurring at various locations and times across NYC on February 13, 2020. NYC Against Hate is a coalition of nine community-based organizations working across differences to make New York safer for our communities. Jewish, Arab-American, Muslim, LGBTQ, and Black and Brown New Yorkers are uniting to create community safety for our communities and to build a stronger New York City.
The goal of the Day Against Hate is to draw attention to the epidemic of hate violence that New York is experiencing right now, and for communities across New York to come together, learn concrete skills, and build the relationships we need to better protect ourselves and each other from hate violence.
Learning to be an upstander is a concrete way for all of us to protect each other from hate violence. None of us is responsible for the bigoted ideologies that undergird hate violence, but all of us have the ability to stand against them. By becoming upstanders, we can take greater responsibility for the safety and character of our city, and ourselves.
The Museum will host two upstander training sessions on February 13 at 11 AM–1 PM and 1:30 PM–3:30. Registration for these sessions is now closed. To learn more, visit https://www.nycagainsthate.org/.