Bloomington United is Back: Hate Has No Place in Our Town
On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at 10 am, a coalition of concerned citizens, leaders from the community and IU officials, will gather in the Council Chambers of City Hall to announce the re-formation of Bloomington United. The organization was originally established in 1998 in response to the distribution of hate literature throughout the community, and, eventually, the murder of Korean graduate student Won Joon Yoon by former IU student Benjamin Smith. Smith was influenced by the World Church of the Creator, an organized hate group.
Over the years, Bloomington United has been active in responding to incidents of hate in the community and in offering educational forums related to issues of diversity. Under President Bill Clinton’s administration, the organization was recognized by the White House for its work in addressing hate in our community whether in response to racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, attacks on Muslims or other minority groups.
In recent years, members of Bloomington United took on responsibilities within their individual faith/cultural/justice communities in response to the rise of white supremacist groups in this country. As a result of the tragedy in Charlottesville, VA, this past summer, community members expressed a desire to bring the group together again.
During the press conference, comments will be made by Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton; IU Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, John Nieto-Phillips; and, Bloomington United co-chairs, Rabbi Sue Silberberg, IU Hillel and Doug Bauder, Director of IU’s LGBTQ+ Center. New Bloomington United signs (Hate Has No Home in Our Town) and stickers will be available. Action plans, should Bloomington be visited by a hate group in the new year, will be discussed. The public is invited to attend the press conference.
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