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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 13, 2002 - Issue 65


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Tolerance 101-Ideas For Your Community

In the next issues of Canku Ota, we are going to share ideas with you about learning and teaching tolerance. Perhaps this will inspire you to come up with your own ideas to share.
Things you can do in your community
81. Frequent minority-owned businesses and get to know the proprietors.
82. Participate in a blood drive, or clean up a local stream. Identify issues that reach across racial, ethnic and other divisions and forge alliances for tackling them.
83. Start a monthly "diversity roundtable" to discuss critical issues facing your community. Establish an equity forum.
84. Build a community peace garden.
85. Examine the degree of diversity at all levels of your workplace. Are there barriers that make it harder for people of color and women to succeed? Suggest ways to overcome them.

Make copies of the Declaration of Tolerance encourage others to sign the pledge, and return it to:

The National Campaign for Tolerance
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

87. Start a "language bank" of volunteer interpreters for all languages used in your community.
88. Encourage fellow members of your congregation to be tolerance activists.
89. Create a town website.
90. Host a "multicultural extravaganza" such as a food fair or art, fashion and talent show.
91. Create a mobile "street library" to make multicultural books and films widely available.
92. Establish an ecumenical alliance. Bring people of diverse faiths together for retreats, workshops or potluck dinners. Be welcoming to agnostics and atheists, too.
93. Write a letter to the editor if your local newspaper ignores any segment of the community or stories about cooperation and tolerance.
94. Start a campaign to establish a multicultural center for the arts. Ask local museums to hosts exhibits and events reflecting diversity at home and elsewhere.
95. Present a "disabilities awareness" event with the help of a local rehabilitation organization
96. Make sure that anti-discrimination protection in your community extends to gay and lesbian people.
97. Encourage law enforcement agencies to establish diversity training for all officers, to utilize community-based policing and to eliminate the use of inequitable tactics like racial profiling.
98. Give copies of our Intelligence Report to law enforcement agencies in your community. Do officers receive training about hate groups, hate crimes and domestic terrorism?
99. Order a free copy of Ten Ways to Fight Hate and become a community activist against hate groups and hate crime.

Conduct a "diaper equity" survey of local establishments. Commend managers who provide changing tables in men's as well as women's restrooms.



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