Not In Our Town Bloomington Normal
Organized by: Marc Miller
Not In Our Town has been working to eliminate hate, bigotry, discrimination, and bullying in Bloomington-Normal since 1996. In 2014, the Not In Our Town committee launched a public awareness campaign promoting our goal of a safe, inclusive community.
We believe that, through education and awareness, we can inoculate our community against discrimination and hate. We work to protect every member of our community. Our strategy is simple: when we encounter discriminatory words or actions, speak up. Say: “I object to [ offensive, discriminatory, racist, sexist ] words like that. They have no place in our community.”
We have set three goals for ourselves and for our community.
Community Standard. We want to establish a community standard that rejects discriminatory words and deeds, and that empowers everyone to speak up against them.
Inoculation. We want our community, through education and dialog, to inoculate ourselves against the social evils that follow complacency and willful blindness.
Pro-Activity. We want to be pro-active against hate and intolerance by addressing injustice and inequity within our community.
Not In Our Town is committed to establishing ourselves as an inclusive community characterized by individual choices respected by all.
"Nothing of value is without cost" is a paraphrase of II Sam 24:24. Achieving our valuable goals has a cost, and this fundraiser is an opportunity for members of our community to support our efforts. We are dedicated to good stewardship of the funds we receive, and to full transparency in their use. Our members are volunteers; their labor and effort is provided at no cost.
Our fundraising goal is $4,000: our current budget for the coming year. This amount includes Printing (our core Pledge Card project): $1,200. Billboards (digital billboards carrying our message to the public): $600. National Dues (our dues payments and support to the National Not In Our Town organization): $1,000. Overhead and Administration (paid to the YWCA for their accounting and financial support): $1,200. Our expenditures will be made in that order.
Our organizational goal is to become an Illinois Not For Profit Corporation, and we are negotiating operating under the local YWCA 501c3 umbrella. These steps, however, are currently in process and this fundraiser is (alas) not yet a tax deductible charity.
Your contribution is received by Marc Miller as a fiduciary for Not In Our Town Bloomington-Normal. A complete accounting of this effort will be posted at the web site www. NIOTBN.org.