The power to overcome hate is in your hands

Erin Dreiling Community, News 0 Comments

The Community Foundation stands against hate. We are disappointed and disturbed at the crisis of rising animosity, racism and violence in our country. It’s the diverse fabric of our Atlanta region that makes it beautiful and strong. At the Community Foundation, we value diversity and inclusion – we honor the varied needs, strengths, voices and backgrounds of all individuals across our regional community. Together, we can overcome this evil instead of being overcome by it.

It’s easy to feel weak and powerless as we watch terror, like that in Charlottesville last week, unfold on our TV and computer screens. But we believe that the power of change is in each of our hands when we have the courage and conviction to seize it. Here are some ways to start:

  1. Educate yourself about the issues that are at the root of this unrest, such as economic equality, employment, race and healthcare. You can start with our impact measures here.
  2. Find the candidates that value what you value and VOTE!
  3. Join (or start) a discussion group at your house of faith, the local library or possibly with one of the organizations listed below.
  4. Reach out to each other to stand in solidarity. Speak out against hate, but as importantly, listen, especially to those who have a different perspective from your own. Learn how your neighbors, coworkers and strangers see the world.
  5. Support the people and organizations on the front line of the fight against hate. Below are just a few nonprofits that strive for freedom, equality and understanding. They vary in scope and mission – from local to national, large to small, thought leaders to mobilizers, but each focuses on basic human rights for all.

Each of us can be a leader. Each of us can denounce and fight hate. We are here to stand with you.

ACLU of Georgia is dedicated to preserving the civil liberties enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The organization works to protect the rights of citizens to protest and peacefully assemble, critical to a functioning democracy and the First Amendment. In addition to monitoring the government’s respect for this foundational right, the ACLU intervenes through the courts and the dissemination of Know Your Rights materials so that the right to public expression is respected.

Anti-Defamation League is dedicated to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. It recently launched a new initiative, “Alliance Against Hate,” in partnership with The United States Conference of Mayors, to fight extremism and bigotry and to promote the fundamental principles of justice and equality that define America. More than 200 mayors have signed the compact in response to Charlottesville and are committed to making cities a beacon for inclusion, tolerance and respect for all.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Georgia and the Southeast through policy advocacy, legal services, civic engagement and leadership development. Advancing Justice-Atlanta has developed in-language Know Your Rights mini cards for the public related to immigration and other critical issues to support the civic engagement and safety of all marginalized communities.

Center for Civil and Human Rights empowers people to take the protection of every human’s rights personally. The Center’s interactive museum shares stories of courage and struggle around the world, encouraging visitors to gain a deeper understanding of the role they play in helping to protect the rights of all people. The Center promotes civic leadership through institutes and events that promote dialogue on race, women’s empowerment, LGBT rights and equitable development.

Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta advances interfaith understanding and action. The Alliance is known for being a trailblazer in diversity in interfaith, with leadership representation from nine different faith traditions on its board. The organization promotes thoughtful multi-faith and interfaith dialogue concerning important issues of the day.

Georgia Equality advances fairness, safety and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and allies throughout the state. The organization works to ensure LGBT Georgians are protected against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and are safe.

Interfaith Community Initiatives engages people in innovative faith immersions, experiential learning and travel to religious sites to encourage lasting friendships and community collaborations that foster interfaith understanding to promote intercultural harmony. Recognizing the collision of faith traditions impact community health, Interfaith Community Initiatives promotes conflict resolution by hosting transformative events that create a deeper understanding between faith traditions.

Partnership for Southern Equity pushes for policies and actions that promote equity and inclusive prosperity in Metro Atlanta and beyond by bringing together diverse coalitions to lift up and encourage just, sustainable and civic practices. Established in 2011, the organization convenes partners ranging from the Atlanta Regional Commission to the Federal Reserve to the Southeastern Energy Alliance, advocating for equitable green infrastructure, equitable transportation and economic inclusion.

Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. It monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States and exposes their activities to law enforcement agencies, the media and the public. The organization also provides critical resources through the Teaching Tolerance initiative for educators to reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations and support inclusive learning environments for all children.

Urban League of Greater Atlanta enables and empowers African Americans and others in underserved urban communities to achieve their highest human potential and secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The Urban League offers work readiness, financial empowerment and career development programs to eliminate the barriers to employment, expand access and promote living wages. It also collaborates with local community and faith based partners to educate the public and elected officials on the impacts of public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic and social systems.

Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities for immigrants and all residents. This locally-based national nonprofit connects leaders in community, government and nonprofit sectors, helping them to create policy, reinforce welcoming principles and communicate the socioeconomic benefits of inclusion.

Learn more or make a grant:
To make a gift to one of the organizations above or to learn more, contact your philanthropic officer.

Erin Drury Boorn
Mendal Bouknight
Barrett Coker Krise
Staci Lynch
Kathleen Wagner