Stop Hate. Together.
Not In Our Town.
We El Cerritans love our town, and we have a lot to love here. Sadly, on February 26, 2016, a hate crime was committed against a family in our city. The suspect tried to set the family’s vehicle on fire, and left a sign with a racial slur on their lawn. The Human Relations Commission (HRC) held a forum in March to hear how this act affected members of the community and to discuss next steps.
The community response was tremendous and unified. We will not tolerate this kind of hate toward any person - at any time. We are responding loud and clear with our campaign against hate.
The HRC has created signs that residents and businesses can display that say, “Stop Hate. Together. Not In Our Town.” This message was adopted from the Not In Our Town organization, which is a movement to “stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.” If you would like a sign for your home or business, please come by City Hall to pick one up or you may print one from the link below.
Download the "Stop Hate. Together. Not In Our Town" sign (pdf)
Not Alone: Becoming Allies
The El Cerrito Human Relations Commission held a free event on April 29, 2017, Not Alone: Becoming Allies, in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League at City Hall. During the event, participants joined facilitated discussions with community members to learn how to prevent bullying and how to support each other as upstanding allies. Jacqueline Regev, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Education Director, provided information, resources, and practical strategies for how to help us all felt less vulnerable in difficult situations and to support our fellow neighbors. Thanks to Jacqueline and the ADL for their work in leading this great event. You can find more information on the ADL under the "Resources" link below.
In response to the murder of local musician Will Sims in El Sobrante on November 12th, Mayor Greg Lyman made another statement condemning hate crimes and reiterating "inclusiveness and respect for diversity” as one of the City's core values.
El Cerrito does not tolerate prejudice, bigotry, racism, hatred, or violence, and we encourage anyone who has experienced an act of hate to report it to the El Cerrito Police Department immediately, where it will be fully investigated.
We also welcome community members to get involved with the Human Relations Commission and share ideas on ways to promote tolerance, understanding and inclusiveness, and to stop hate. Read the Mayor's full statement.
The HRC will update this page with resources, events, and updates on the campaign to stop hate in El Cerrito and promote tolerance and mutual respect between all persons. For more information, contact HRC Staff Liaison Alex Orologas at (510) 215-4302.
Thank you from the City of El Cerrito Human Relations Commission