Mountain View Stands United Against Hate
The City of Mountain View is participating in United Against Hate Week, which is taking place Nov. 14-20.
United Against Hate Week is a call for local civic action by people in every Bay Area community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns and cities.
The Mountain View Public Library is also hosting programs and highlighting stories about this theme:
Also, the Recreation Division has developed a week-long schedule of activities for United Against Hate Week. Below are the activities that will be available through The View Teen Center and afterschool programs:
Activities through the Teen Center (open to 6th-12th grade students):
- United Against Hate Sign Making
Monday, Nov. 15 | 3:30 – 7 p.m. at The View Teen Center
Kick-off United Against Hate Week by creating a poster as a tangible reminder to create a safe and inclusive environment for all. Display your poster at the Teen Center, your locker at school, or in a window at home.
- Book Club: The Hate U Give
Tuesday, Nov. 16 | 5 – 6 p.m. at The View Teen Center
Library staff and teens will discuss Angie Thomas' award-winning novel, The Hate U Give. Whether you have read it before or this is your first time, you can join the discussion. *Parent/Guardian permission required. Limited space is available. Must attend the book club session on Tuesday, Nov. 16 to be eligible to receive a free copy of the book. Pre-register by Nov. 12 by emailing TheViewTeenCenter@MountainView.gov.
Book Bio: 16-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.
- TEDx Teen Center Against Hate
Wednesday, Nov. 17 | 5:45 – 7 p.m. at The View Teen Center
Join us as the City hosts a night of streamed, hand-selected TED Talks about anti-hate. This event will feature five short talks that will spark action to inspire you to make your community a safer and more inclusive place. Light refreshments will be served. Parents are welcome to attend this event with their teens. Talks will start promptly at 5:45 p.m.
- Game Night Against Hate
Thursday, Nov. 18 | 3:30 – 7 p.m. at The View Teen Center
We are pledging to take action to create a safe and inclusive community. Join old and new friends for cooperative board games that promote working as a team! Games include Scattergories, Code Names, Dungeons & Dragons, Jenga and more.
- Film Screening: Not in Our Town
Friday, Nov. 19 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. at The View Teen Center
Join us for a screening of Not in Our Town. Communities have faced hate before and we can learn from one another. This screening will help provide a way for teens to convene and open the discussion about how to stand up to hate together. Free popcorn!
Activities through afterschool programs (Beyond the Bell and The BEAT):
- Chain Link – Monday, Nov. 15
Students will create paper chain links to solidify their union against hate. Students will write statements on strips of paper on how they can create and promote a safe space amongst their fellow students. Students can also write how they will build a more inclusive environment for all. When the chain link is completed, students can hang them in their classrooms.
- I Am Poem – Tuesday, Nov. 16
Students will write “I Am” poems. The poem is an exploration of one’s character, likes/dislikes, hopes/fears, goals culture, or even family. Students will be able to share their poems with the entire classroom. This activity will promote a voice for students to share and speak up as well as create awareness amongst students by giving a closer insight into their fellow classmates’ individualities.
- Peace Tree Mural – Wednesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 18
Students will create a “Peace Tree” mural. The base will be a tree with the roots representing what students think the world needs to be more united against hate (Peace, Hope, Love, Justice, Kindness, etc.). Students will receive templates of leaf cutouts, which will represent the flags of the countries where students are from. The leaves will be placed on top of the tree. The mural represents how all students from different cultures will grow together by standing tall like a tree, united against hate.
- United We Stand (Game Day) – Friday, Nov. 19
Students will play a variety of games that will promote team building. Staff will focus on teaching students about sportsmanship, empathy and inclusivity. Playing games will create a stronger bond amongst students as they work closely together as a team.