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Fighting Intolerance in the Bay Area and Beyond

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 -
9:30am to 11:30am PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA 94105
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The rise of hate crimes, bullying, and other forms of bigotry has taken center stage in recent months, with an estimate of nearly 2000 bias-motivated incidents since last November’s election. Communities of color, women, LGBT people, communities of faith, persons living with disabilities, older adults, immigrants, and others regularly face vulnerability because of their identities. Everyday attitudes of intolerance furthermore lay the groundwork for more systematized forms of discrimination and exclusion, such as the Muslim Ban.

Join us for a thought-provoking and insightful program with local and national experts on these complex issues, and come learn about what funders can do to help overcome these challenges. Our speakers will share their strategies in education, policy, organizing, communications, and other critical social change methodologies. 



Nicholas Carlisle, Founder and CEO, No Bully

Having experienced firsthand the reality of school bullying when he was a teenager at school in London, Nicholas is committed to creating schools that live by values of respect and compassion. He graduated from Oxford University, practiced as a barrister in the High Court in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International in Britain. He practiced in California as a child and family psychotherapist and researched with Professor Eric Rofes the effects of school bullying, published in 2007 in the Journal of Traumatology.  Nicholas gave a TEDx talk on bullying in 2015, was recognized by Toms as a Game Changer and is a seasoned conference speaker, expert witness and commentator on school bullying for television and radio stations across the world. 

Lara KiswaniExecutive DirectorArab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC)   

Lara Kiswani is a Palestinian born in the Bay Area. She got her Masters in Education with an emphasis on equity and social justice where her work focused on Arabic language and culture. As a student organizer, she helped to establish the Middle East South Asia studies program, cofounded Students for Justice in Palestine and organized with Third World Forum at UC Davis. She has worked as a youth and adult educator, and is currently a member of Al-Juthoor of the Arab Shatat, a local Palestinian folkloric dance troupe, and the Executive Director of the the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC).

Aarti KohliExecutive DirectorAdvancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus

Aarti is the Executive Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to represent and promote the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. At Advancing Justice-ALC she oversees key program areas including National Security and Civil Rights, Immigration, and Criminal Justice Reform. She also helps guide the state and national policy work of the Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in LA, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington DC. Formerly, she was the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to her work in California, she worked in Washington, DC, as Judiciary Committee counsel to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) and as Assistant Legislative Director at UNITE union where she lobbied on behalf of low-income garment workers who were primarily immigrant women. 

Patrice O’NeillFounder and Executive Producer, Not In Our Town/The Working Group

Using storytelling as a key strategy for community engagement, Patrice O’Neill is a documentary filmmaker who helps lead a network of Not In Our Town communities across the U.S. Her work in collaboration with hate crime victims, activists, civic leaders and law enforcement has made her a nationally recognized leader in the anti-hate movement who has counseled countless communities and individuals on effective strategies to build safe, inclusive communities for all. She founded Not in Our Town/The Working Group, an Oakland based non-profit focused on community based action to stop hate and intolerance.

Christopher Punongbayan, Director, Equity and Social Justice, Northern California Grantmakers (Moderator)

Chris strategizes opportunities to create and promote equity in philanthropy. Previously, he was Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, and has held positions at Positive Resource Center (SF), Filipino Advocates for Justice (Oakland), and Asian Americans for Equality (NYC). Currently, he is a member of the Community Advisory Panel of KQED and is the treasurer of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote Action Fund. Chris graduated cum laude from Brown University with a degree in Asian American Studies, and from UCLA School of Law where he completed the Critical Race Studies concentration and the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. 

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and members of Philanthropy CA.


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