A counterforce is needed against the rising tide of prejudice and political polarization in our country. Veterans Against Hate strives to create this counterforce utilizing a nationwide network of veterans, concerned citizens, and allied organizations. The programs outlined in our five-point agenda serve as the foundation for a new national movement of unity and healing.
Our Mission: to measurably reduce the number of hate crimes in America through extensive community outreach programs utilizing a national network of Chapters and allied organizations.
Our 5 Point Agenda:
Ø Overcome Racial Stereotypes with Small Group Forums and Guided Discussions: Having created an effective, nonconfrontational method for conducting personal and productive discussions on race relations in the United States, Veterans Against Hate seeks to become the primary outlet for real discussion and national healing on matters related to race.
Ø Reduce Partisan Divisions with Bipartisan Community Events: There are hundreds of personal matters that concern average Americans far more than politics. From sports, to BBQ, to pets, to book clubs, there are dozens of ways to get partisans socializing together and finding common ground. We will work with local Republican and Democrat organizations and invite their members to fun and innovative events such as cookouts, fun runs, meetups for pet lovers, etc.
Ø Address Religious Discrimination through Multi-Faith Volunteer Events: Americans of different faiths have lived, worked, and served alongside one another since our nation’s founding. Through joint efforts to improve communities across the country, we can display the kindness and compassion of every religious group in America.
Ø Ease Tensions between Law Enforcement and Community Members through personal interaction and dialogue: The success of the “Coffee with a Cop” program has been evidenced in numerous locations across the country. However, in most states this event occurs only once a year. We seek to expand this program and increase the number of such events in every community in America in order to facilitate greater dialogue and interaction between law enforcement officials and community members.
Ø Highlight Diversity within America’s Military, Law Enforcement, and First Responders: It is difficult to feel hatred towards those that protect you and your family. Our military servicemembers, police officers, and first responders are extremely diverse and their stories must be shared with the American people. We will utilize community events, monthly newsletters, and social media to highlight the diversity within these groups.