10 Ways to Stay #SafeFromHate

Things You Can Do Right Now

After the US election, a few of us set out to share positive and practical ways that people can unite to stay safe from hate

Show Up

Stand with people experiencing acts of hate and show perpetrators that their actions will not be tolerated in your community. Learn from these inspiring examples! A student at Baylor University tweeted when she was harassed and was soon joined by hundreds of students and faculty.  Muslim students at the University of Michigan were able to pray behind a protective wall of other students. A hateful letter to a mosque in Rhode Island sparked this show of support for the mosque.

Report Incidents Immediately

Document the incident if you are able to do so by videotaping or audio recording. Report harassment to local law enforcement if you feel comfortable doing so. Then be sure to report to these registers of hate crimes. Report to at least one of the following.

To report by phone, State officials in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland have set up hotlines for residents to report harassment or hate crimes. The number for New York is 1-888-392-3644; for Massachusetts, 1-800-994-3228; and for Maryland, 1-866-481-8361.


Reach out to friends, to organizations, and to officials in your town. Here’s a really helpful toolkit called “10 Ways to Fight Hate” from Southern Poverty Law Center. You can find more ideas from Not In Our Town like this starter guide, these 10 ideas to spark action, and videos. See also this thorough community manual from the Center for Transgender Equality. For inspiration check out how “Resist Hate RI” has mobilized petitions, solidarity actions and more since the election! And in Seattle, folks have set up Neighborhood Action Councils to organize locally.


Safe Group Resources

We’ve listed the best resources we could find in our top 10 list.
Now it’s your turn.

Share Your Resource

Reach out beyond your usual circles

Support organizations led by people of color and other targeted communities who are often the first point of contact for poor and marginalized people, such as CAIR and these listed by Race Forward. Ask those who feel targeted “How can we help? And donate? What do you need?” If you are white, be willing to be in the minority when turning out to local marches, rallies, and protests, and events. Expand your viewpoint and your community with trainings on undoing racism, achieving racial justice and dialogue.  

Protect Yourself

Find strength in numbers, taking precautions like walking with a companion instead of walking alone at night. And app up! An easy start is with the b-safe app for iphone or android to notify friends when you are en route, and alerts them if you don’t arrive when scheduled. Some of these apps include automatic videotaping, an alarm, and GPS function. Check out several more apps here, this one created by Amnesty International, and several others showcased on the Today show. Sign up with a friend to learn self-defense. Free self defense lessons are being offered to Muslim women in Maryland and New York. Be sure to check out the mobilejustice app created by the ACLU specifically for monitoring instances of police brutality.

In New York City you can use an online sign-up to request a volunteer to accompany you on daily travels around town.

Intervene to Help Others

If you are witnessing harassment, speak up and step in to de-escalate. This illustration and video show one way to de-escalate and comfort someone targeted. Here’s another video from the UK. Here’s a list of more resources for bystander intervention. If possible take this advice from the EMT Handbook: “proceed with caution. Assess the threat of immediate harm to yourself and others before engaging. Bring reinforcements and have an escape route in mind.”

We Believe

By and for the people

A living democracy

E pluribus unum

From our rich diversity of beliefs and backgrounds we form a nation united in respect for human and civil rights for all.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

Civil rights, personal freedom, and equal opportunity for all

El pueblo unido

American solidarity across borders.

Show you are an ally or safe zone

It’s important to show public solidarity and signal your willingness to help. Think through your commitment – an ally for one is an ally for all. Display this sign by #NoBizForHate, or this one created by students, or order this one from Global Exchange. Service providers like health clinics can create signs like this one in five languages.

Another way is to wear a safety pin on your lapel. A safety pin is not nearly enough (see here for an overview of the debate) and the decision to wear one should not be taken lightly, but many have said they were personally reassured by seeing someone wearing it in public. Safety Pin Box is a weekly subscription to hands-on tools for becoming allies. The initiative is led by two women of color who have been central in the national Movement for Black Lives.

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