Not in Our Town
The project combines PBS broadcasts, grassroots events, educational outreach and online activities to help communities battling hate talk to and learn from each other. This national movement started from a film produced by Patrice O’Neill and The Working Group in the 1990s that encourages community response to hate crimes. [Hear more about “Not in Our Town” in Patrice O’Neill’s filmmaker interview.]
This website project of the Southern Poverty Law Center offers a variety of anti-bias education resources. The main site, splcenter.org, tracks the activities of hate groups and reports on hate crimes.
Facing History and Ourselves
This educational organization provides extensive anti-bias classroom resources. Of special interest might be the lesson plan, “Can Journalism Kill? The Case of Rwandan Hate Radio.” [Facing History and Ourselves has collaborated with POV on a number of lesson plans for a study guide in 2004 entitled, “Lost Childhoods — Exploring the Consequences of Collective Violence.”]
The website of the Anti-Defamation League includes a database of hate crime symbols, a summary of hate crime laws, and resources for combating hate in schools and communities.
Montana Human Rights Network
The Montana Human Rights Network is mentioned in the film. Their website describes their goals and activities.
PublicEye.org: Hate and Ethnoviolence
The website of Political Research Associates contains a wide range of research and articles on extremist right-wing movements in the US and an extensive collection of links on hate and hate crimes in America.
Community Conflict Resolution
Resolving Land Use Disputes
This joint project of the Consensus Building Institute and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is designed to help public officials, planners, developers, community advocates, environmentalists, business owners and residents resolve land use disputes in their communities. It includes a great list of links to related mediation organizations and an excellent land use lexicon.
General Conflict Resolution
Consensus Building Institute
This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the theory and practice of consensus building in government and civil society around the world. Their site includes toolkits and handbooks developed for past projects as well as five surprising lessons learned about public dispute resolution.
Public Conversations Project
PCP works to promote constructive conversations and relationships across divides in values and worldviews. Their site contains resources, such as “Eleven Ideas for Making a Hard Conversation Work,” information on upcoming workshops, stories written by people who have used PCP’s approach to community dialogues and links to related websites.
Christian Science Monitor: Talking with the Enemy
An eight-part series of articles aimed at helping Americans bridge the red-blue political and cultural divide.
Professional Organizations & Educational Institutions
Association for Conflict Resolution
The ACR website provides basic information on the field of conflict resolution, tips on finding a mediator, participating in a mentoring program and relevant conferences and workshops around the country. It also features a discussion board and an extensive library of articles on conflict resolution education, conflict management systems and ethical standards, among other subjects.
Program on Negotiation: Harvard Law School
Harvard’s PON is the leading interdisciplinary research center on negotiation. The PON runs nine main research projects, including the Global Negotiation Project, and offers a clearinghouse of publications for educators, scholars and practitioners.
Talk Radio Culture
NOW: Talk Radio Resources
PBS’s weekly magazine news program covered talk radio in America and compiled a great list of resources on their site. (February 2004)
(Find more links about talk radio on the Also on PBS & NPR page.)
Journalism.org: State of the News Media – Radio
2005 brought a change of voices, with the movement of one of news radio’s best-known anchors and three of radio’s most popular shock jocks into satellite radio, the launch of a liberal talk network and the well-publicized movement of one of radio’s biggest players into Spanish-language programming. (2005)
Center for Public Integrity
These award-winning journalists conduct investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world. Read reports on recent FCC fines for indecency, how companies like Clear Channel came to rule the airwaves and who owns the airwaves. You can even find out who dominates the dial in your city.
Alliance for a Media Literate America
This national, grassroots organization is “committed to promoting media literacy education that is focused on critical inquiry, learning, and skill-building.” Their website contains information on media literacy and links to its member organizations who offer a wide variety of programs and services.
Natural Resource Issues
BigFork Eagle: Flathead forest planning underway
It has been nearly 20 years since the Forest Service completed a Flathead National Forest Plan revision. Since the last revision in 1986, the rules have changed. (June 23, 2005)
SFGate.com: At age 100, US Forest Service reviews its mandate; Agency’s focus shifts toward increased use of resources
The focus of the 100-year-old agency responsible for managing our national forests and grasslands has fluctuated through time and with different administrations, writes San Francisco Chronicle Environment Writer Glen Martin. Read more about shifting priorities, from preservation to maximizing timber harvest and the concept of “multiple-use.” (January 23, 2005)
Organizations – National
USDA Forest Service
The website of the federal agency responsible for managing 150 national forests and 20 grasslands includes information about various forest management projects, including the healthy forest initiative which aims to reduce fire danger. Its “Four Threats” section identifies major threats to our nation’s forests and grasslands and includes common, related questions and answers, as well as quick facts and statistics on fire and fuels, invasive species and loss of open space.
The Sonoran Institute
Access case studies, resources and other tools for Western communities struggling with rapid change and growth. Recently, the Sonoran Institute and Montana Smart Growth Coalition announced a joint project.
High Country News
A bi-weekly newspaper that reports on the West’s natural resources, public lands and changing communities with reporting covering 11 western states.
US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution
The institute maintains a national roster of practitioners who specialize in facilitation, consensus building and mediation of environmental disputes.
Information, analysis and perspective concerning issues and events impacting forests, forestry, forest communities and the forest products industry.
The Sierra Club site outlines a campaign for the protection and restoration of the National Forests of America.
Red Lodge Clearinghouse
This site is designed to support collaborative groups committed to resolving resource use conflicts throughout the interior west. Includes an extensive section of case studies of collaborative approaches.
Organizations – Montana
Montana Logging Association
Find out more about the perspective of the state’s family-owned businesses that harvest and transport logs from forest to mill in Montana.
Also on PBS and NPR
POV Websites – General
POV: Two Towns of Jasper
Two friends, Whitney Dow and Marco Williams, explore the racial divide and dynamics of Jasper, Texas, during the trial following the murder of James Byrd Jr. Using segregated crews, Dow filmed the white community and Williams filmed the black community. (January 2003)
POV: Flag Wars
This poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification takes place in Columbus, Ohio. Working-class black residents fight to hold on to their homes. Realtors and gay home-buyers see fixer-uppers. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. (June 2003)
The shocking hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapult a small Long Island town into national headlines, unmasking a new front line in the border wars: suburbia. For nearly a year, Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini lived and worked in Farmingville, New York, so they could capture first-hand the stories of residents, day laborers and activists on all sides of the debate. (June 2004)
POV: What I Want My Words To Do To You — Lesson Plan: Using Writing to Resolve Conflicts
This site provides a thorough lesson plan on how to resolve conflicts through writing for secondary school students. (December 2003)
PBS.org Websites – Combating Hate
Not in Our Town (NIOT)
The project combines PBS broadcast, grassroots events, educational outreach and online activities to help communities battling hate talk to — and learn from — each other. NIOT is a national anti-hate grassroots program that encourages community response to hate crimes. The film that inspired the movement was created by the same filmmakers who produced “The Fire Next Time.” (2005)
Online NewsHour: The Hate Crimes Question
Correspondent Elizabeth Brackett reports on hate crimes issues – exploring the distinction between free speech and hate crimes. (August 1999)
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
Bob Abernethy reports on the rise of hate websites on the Internet and the symposium the Anti-Defamation League sponsored to address the issue. (October 1997)
PBS.org Websites – Community Conflict Resolution
Ralph Bunche: Teaching Strategies Section
The education section of this follow-up to the film Ralph Bunche: An American Odysseylooks into the theories and strategies of conflict resolution. (2001)
Global Connections: Workable Peace
Workable Peace is an organization that helps teachers and students learn new ways to explore conflict and crisis. (2002)
The Buffalo War
Examine the conflict between Native American tribal members, environmentalists, government officials and ranchers in Montana. (2001)
PBS.org Websites – Talk Radio
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
Bob Abernathy, the anchor of the PBS series, Religion and Ethics, interviews John Stokes and other residents of Flathead Valley about the impact of Stokes’ radio broadcasts.
Now with Bill Moyers
Dr. Kathleen Hall Jamieson talks about the origin and evolution of talk radio. (February 2004)
Online NewsHour: The Right Talk
Terence Smith examines the rising popularity of conservative talk radio and its increasing importance in politics. (October 2003)
PBS.org Websites – Natural Resource Issues
Now with Bill Moyers
The US Forest Service proposed a rule to allow governors to petition the Secretary of Agriculture to establish or adjust management direction that exists in forest plans for inventoried roadless areas within the state under the Roadless Rule policy in 2001. (May 2003)
Online NewsHour: Online Focus
In this transcript, Tom Bearden examines the effect that the US Forest Service would have on the logging industry as they plan to stop building roads in roadless areas of forests. (June 1998)
Online NewsHour: Mining for Trouble
Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser describes the increasing problems in the Montana mining industry and the federal government’s move toward conservation, a move designed to reduce usage of federal lands across the country. (July 1999)
NPR Stories – Combating Hate
World Music: Reggae Singers Warned over Anti-Gay Lyrics
In the wake of the publicity generated by protests in London and Philadelphia over anti-gay lyrics in the music of Jamaican dancehall star Beenie Man, sportswear manufacturer Puma warned a group of reggae stars that it would pull the plug on a concert they were sponsoring if they sang homophobic material. One of those singers, Buju Banton, has already had concerts cancelled in Germany, where hate speech laws are strict. Joel Rose of member station WHYY reports. (August 20, 2004)
The Tavis Smiley Show: Media Execs Convicted of Inciting Rwandan Genocide
Earlier this week, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, convicted three Rwandan news media executives of genocide for their role in instigating the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis in 1994. It was the first verdict of its kind since the post-World War II Nuremberg trials, which led to the hanging of Nazi publisher Julius Streicher for spreading hateful propaganda against the Jews. (December 5, 2003)
Talk of the Nation: Hate Crimes
Explore the meaning of “hate crimes” and whether legislation against these crimes will promote tolerance, and whether understanding the psychology of hate will lead to change. (September 1999)
NPR Stories – Talk Radio
Commentary: Free Speech and Religious Hatred
Commentator Francis Wheen is not happy with a proposal by British Home Secretary David Blunkett to make the incitement of religious hatred a crime in Great Britain. (July 14, 2004)
Book Exerpt: “America’s Right Turn”
The exerpt illustrates how conservatives attained their height of influence and the avenues of media that have helped them. (November 2004)
“Opinion Media” Popular with Left and Right
Conservatives have looked to talk radio shows for information, opinion and as a place of refuge. (August 2004).
Jeffrey Dvorkin examines right wing radio bias as opposed to NPR. (April 2004)
NPR Stories – Natural Resource Issues
Montana Drilling Plan Prompts Battle
Montana residents have mixed views on the Bush administration’s plan to expedite oil and gas drilling in the Rocky Mountain Front. Some want to benefit from the economic advantages of petroleum production, while others oppose environmental damage. (September 2003)
Montana’s Rocky Mountain Range
The National Forest Service supports Clinton’s ban on mining as a step towards preserving the wilderness. But the mining industry claims the ban could be economically detrimental. (February 1999)