Press Release: All Hamiltonains Invited to Attend Listen Learn Act: A Community Anti-Hate Summit

No Hate in the Hammer/Pas de haine dans le Hammer


HAMILTON, ON: Today No Hate in the Hammer releases the full program and list of speakers for Listen Learn Act: A Community Anti-Hate Summit (May 19-20) and invites people from across Hamilton to register for this free, innovative online event.

Listen Learn Act is an action-oriented virtual summit that will bring together local leaders, international experts from Southern Poverty Law Centre and Western States Center, and the input of summit participants to build a community response to hate in Hamilton.

With a grant through the Democracy, Diversity and Human Rights Virtual Grant Program from US Embassy & Consulates in Canada, this is a first-of-its-kind experience where Hamiltonains who are ready to take an active role in anti-racism and anti-oppression work can learn about effective anti-hate action from local and international experts working together.

“Hamilton, get ready for Listen Learn and Act — an exciting virtual summit where we will look to combatting racism, oppression and hate,” says Sandi Bell, Chair of No Hate in the Hammer. “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and pull together because no one can do this alone. This event provides a key opportunity for people to map out the Hamilton that we want to see and understand how a community response is the only way to get there.”

Speakers include experts from the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, the City of Hamilton’s Hate Prevention & Mitigation Initiative, McMaster University and the University of Windsor, Beth Jacob Synagogue, Regional Diversity Roundtable, Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health, and GoodBodyFeel, among others.

The summit runs 9am-4pm on Wednesday, May 19th and Thursday, May 20th. Registration at is required but there is no cost to register. The first 200 registrants will have an opportunity to engage in facilitated small group discussions during the summit.

The summit includes three all-community events that are accessible without registration in the two-day summit main program:

French-language program on Tuesday May 18th at 6pm
Children’s program on Wednesday May 19th at 4pm
Youth-led program ‘The Future is Now!’ on Wednesday May 19th at 6pm

The building of a community response to hate in Hamilton will continue after the summit with a fall speakers series, also funded with support from US Embassy & Consulates in Canada.

About No Hate in the Hammer/Pas de haine dans le Hammer: NHH/PHH is a Hamilton-based coalition of individuals and organizations working together to make Hamilton a truly inclusive city where everyone is free from all forms of hate. We work for social change through education, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and advocacy. We foster relationships built on trust with communities, institutions, and government agencies. We facilitate conversations, promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and nurture relationships and allyships. We value transparency and a culture of non-blaming and non-shaming.

About Southern Poverty Law Center: The Southern Poverty Law Center is the premier U.S. organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists and is celebrating 50 years this August. It was founded in Montgomery Alabama by two civil rights lawyers to ensure that the promise of the Civil Rights movement became a reality for all. The Intelligence Project tracks and exposes the activities of over sixteen hundred hate groups and other domestic extremists including the Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, the neo-Nazi movement, and anti-government militias.

About Western States Center: The Western States Center is based in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States and works nationwide to strengthen inclusive democracy so all people can live, love, worship and work free from fear. It does this by: strengthening the organizing capacity of often-marginalized communities; providing training, leadership development, and organizational capacity support to social movements and leaders committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; convening culture-makers to shift the narrative and use culture as a vehicle for base- and power-building in non-traditional social change spaces; and, assisting communities and civil society to effectively respond to social movements that exploit bigotry and intolerance.

About Listen Learn Act: A Community Anti-Hate Summit:

No cost to participate. Registration required. Online event.
Speakers and performers:

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