Hate Has No Home in Weston
First Parish supports the message of the Hate Has No Home Here movement; to post these lawn signs and posters “to declare neighborhood residences, businesses, and places of community free from hate speech and behavior, providing safe places for conversation, work, learning, and living.”
“Hate, unchecked, can make neighbors feel fearful and unwelcome in their own communities. The Hate Has No Home Here project reminds us what it means to be American.”
Get your own lawn sign!
Will you help us share the message?
First Parish is proud to serve as an official distribution center for Hate Has No Home Here lawn signs! (We do not have any other items such as magnets or stickers at this time.)
Our lawn signs have this powerful message printed in English, Hindi, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, & Spanish.
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Picking Up Your Sign: Once our office confirms your request, you can get your sign at the church during office hours Monday through Friday (typically 9:30 to 5:00 pm), collect it on a Sunday morning before/after church, or arrange with the office for your sign to be available at another day & time.
Donations for Production Costs
The signs are 100% free, but we welcome donations to help ensure that everyone who wants a sign can get one regardless of their financial situation and defray the cost of production; the suggested donation is $10.00 per sign. Information about how to donate to First Parish can be found on the Giving & Stewardship page of the website, or you can donate with a credit/debit card using PayPal.
We respect the Hate Has No Home Here mission & specific purpose; if donations exceed the cost of the signs, any additional funds will ONLY go towards creating more Hate Has No Home Here signs and posters for Weston or for other distribution locations.
the “Hate Has No Home Here” Backstory
Hate Has No Home Here was established in 2016 and is an “all-volunteer, neighborhood-based movement that seeks to counter hate and intolerance through positive messaging and community-building practices.”
The project began in the North Park neighborhood in Chicago, IL with a group of neighbors unaffiliated with any political party or candidate, seeking to establish their community as a safe place for all who live or visit there. The community is anchored by a neighborhood school, where more than 40 languages are spoken and the diverse student body reflects the cultural, religious, ethnic, and racial diversity of the neighborhood…
[This] movement is built around a simple idea: it’s easy to hate people we don’t know. Posters and yard signs are just the beginning. What starts as powerful, positive messaging continues in relationship-building, dialogue, and communal action. When neighbors of different races, religions, and nationalities move past indifference to investment in one another, we knock out the underpinnings of racism and intolerance and make possible a better future for our communities.
About the Design
Two students (a 3rd grader and a kindergartener), devised the message and a graphic designer in the neighborhood developed the artwork. Red and blue were chosen as background colors to loosely mimic the colors of the American flag, as the message is intended to cross all lines of distinction to bring us together.
Fighting Hate & Learning to Be an Ally
The work to become more self-aware and be a better ally to our neighbors falls on all of us. There are plenty of excellent online resources to get more information on this. Here are some of them:
- Ally Etiquette 101 from The Body Is Not An Apology
- 10 Things Allies Need to Know from Everyday Feminism
- Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry from SPLC
- Be An Ally from The Anti-Defamation League
- How to Be An Ally by Ann Bishop
- 5 Ways to Respond When You Witness Hate/Harassment from KUOW
- 10 Free Resources on Bystander Intervention from Campus Clarity
- Belonging in the USA: Stories from our Neighbors from Fractured Atlas