New York, NY, September 13, 2018 ... A diverse coalition made up of corporations, media outlets, nonprofits, and youth movements including NAACP (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), PwC, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), UnidosUS, ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), and The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL) is mobilizing to speak out against hate by fostering conversations of understanding with a new movement, Oneday Against Hate, the first national day of action on Monday, October 1, 2018.
The Oneday Against Hate alliance, which is growing rapidly, also includes fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), the non-denominational Jewish youth group BBYO, the National Catholic Educational Organization (NCEA), Pac-12 (Pacific Coast Conference), and fraternity Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT).
“Univision is proud to be a part of this national alliance in an effort to create awareness and drive a positive narrative around speaking out against hate and the issues impacting our diverse communities,” said Univision’s Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Executive Vice President, Government & Corporate Affairs. “Univision is committed to empowering its community and is hopeful that the voices, both in Spanish and English, promote diversity and authentic dialogue for thoughtful change.”
“It is critical that we lean into conversations and dialogue to better understand each others’ perspectives,” said Tim Ryan, US Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC. “Our firm has been at the forefront of rallying companies, organizations and employees together to build a culture of inclusion and we are proud to support this movement.”
All groups in the alliance will mobilize their constituents, employees, and colleagues to engage in discussions about differing personal backgrounds and life experiences, in order to build bridges and forge deeper, more connected relationships. Some organizations are holding employee and constituent trainings, encouraging dialogue on inner office messaging systems, and creating PSAs encouraging others to participate.
“The pioneering Oneday Against Hate conversations, which at times may be hard and even painful, will light the way to creating a more just, inclusive, and open-minded world,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and National Director of ADL. “Organizations across the country are standing up to show that understanding is stronger than prejudice.”
“As an organization that supports more than 7,000 student-athletes of all backgrounds, the Pac-12 Conference is committed to promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion,” said Larry Scott, conference Commissioner, “We are excited to join the Oneday Against Hate campaign and use our platforms, as well as the power of sport, to create positive dialogues of understanding.”
In addition to in-person conversations taking place at participating organizations, the ongoing, self-perpetuating Oneday Against Hate movement will motivate people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in online and offline exchanges.
“Through BBYO, teens practice ways to support one another and stand together despite differences. Oneday Against Hate’s message of engaging in conversations about understanding as part of our everyday lives, is a message we can all learn from and take forward in building stronger communities around the world,” said Debbie Shemony, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, BBYO.
The public is encouraged to post about their discussions with the hashtag #WeAreOneday, as well as visit weareoneday.org to join the national conversation and download digital toolkits that can be used in the lead-up to and on October 1, which include starter questions, graphics, and sample social posts.
To pledge to join the movement and for more information about Oneday Against Hate events, visit weareoneday.org, and to watch the campaign video, click here.