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40th Forum on Tolerance, Building hate-free communities

North Shore Community College
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Please join NSCC for the 40th Forum on Tolerance,
Respect and Inclusion: Building hate-free communities
A free, two-day, two-campus event

Wednesday April 11th
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Math and Science Building DS106B
Danvers Campus

Thursday April 12th
6:30-8:30 pm
Lynn Campus Gym
Lynn Campus

In 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) found that the number of hate groups rose to 954 from 917 the prior year, up 4 percent. Within the white supremacist movement, neo-Nazi groups saw the greatest growth — soaring by 22 percent from 99 to 121. Anti-Muslim groups also rose for a third straight year. How do we combat hate in order to create communities that are truly inclusive? What exactly is the line between free speech and hate speech? What can you do to combat hate in your community? In this event we hope to engage in an open dialogue about these questions and come up with strategies to create a community that is not only tolerant but accepting.

For the Danvers event, we will be showing a short documentary, the Al Jazeera: Hate speech v. free speech: Where is the line? For each class meeting period, we will show ½ of the documentary and run a student-led discussion.

For the Lynn Program, Attorney Joe Berman from the Anti-Defamation League will speak about the line between free speech and hate speech.

This will be followed by a panel discussion on How to Build Hate-Free communities, led by NSCC Alumnus Rev. Andre Bennett, Zion Baptist Church, along with NSCC Alumnus, José A. Palma, Justice at Work and NSCC Professor Emerita, Sue Jhirad.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laurie Carlson, lcarlson@northshore.edu or at 508-847-6972.