In 2012 a racist man killed six people at a Sikh Temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek.
A New Film from the Not In Our Town Movement chronicles how Oak Creek residents came together and tried to combat misunderstanding and racism. Producer Patrice O'Neill of The Working Group says talking to people is key to preventing horrible incidents and destructive feelings that can arise when bad things DO happen.
"In the face of tragedy how do we get to know our neighbors. What do we do before something like this happens to make sure everything is safe and secure and that we get to know each other?"
O'Neill says McLean County's Multicultural Leadership Project is a model for the kind of activity that Not In Our Town fosters and she hopes to use that as an example for Not In Our Town Cities elsewhere in the U.S.
"It's very proactive, this idea that we have to train the next level of leadership and it needs to be diverse that we have to reflect in our leadership a crossection of community members."
O'Neill appears live on GLT's Sound Ideas next Tuesday morning and that evening at 6:30 p/m. Tuesday at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts to update the community on the Not In Our Town Movement and screen the latest documentary.
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