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Not In Our Town National Week of Action Kicks Off September 18, 2011

September 7, 2011

George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano

WQED To Host Screening and Discussion
Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness

Not In Our Town National Week of Action Kicks Off September 18, 2011

What: Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness Documentary Screening and Discussion
When: Monday, September 19, 2011, 6:30 pm
Where: WQED, 4802 Fifth Avenue, Oakland

PITTSBURGH - WQED is hosting a screening and public discussion of a new PBS documentary, Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness, in the Hillman Conference Center at WQED, 4802 Fifth Avenue in Oakland on Monday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required;
visit http://notinourtownatwqed.eventbrite.com/ to reserve a spot. Limited free parking will be available in the WQED staff and visitor parking lots after 5 p.m., with additional free overflow parking available in the Carnegie Mellon parking lot located at Forbes and Morewood Avenues (after 5 p.m.)

WQED-TV will air the documentary Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness on Wednesday, September 21 at 10 p.m.

Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness tells the story of residents of a Long Island village taking action after a local immigrant is killed in a hate crime attack by seven teenagers. While starkly revealing the trauma of hate, the film provides a blueprint for people who want to do something before intolerance turns to violence.

The screening at WQED is part of the Not In Our Town National Week of Action, held from September 18-24. During the Week of Action, communities across the country will use the film to find ways to prevent hate crimes and anti-immigrant violence. Public media stations along with national partners, including faith-based organizations, the Department of Justice Community-Oriented Policing Services Office, National League of Cities, National Hispanic Media Coalition, and Welcoming America, will also use the film to initiate dialogue about intolerance in their communities.

About the Film
In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York culminated with the hate crime killing of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years. Seven local teenagers were arrested for the attack and one was charged with murder. Over a two-year period, the story follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother Joselo Lucero, and Patchogue residents as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions, and begin taking steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.

Not In Our Town: Stop Hate. Together.
Not In Our Town highlights communities coming together to stop hate. Developed by The Working Group in 1995, Not In Our Town began with a PBS documentary that told the story of how people in Billings, Montana joined together to respond to a series of hate crimes in their town. This simple, powerful story of people banding together struck a chord with audiences, and created a model that inspired viewers around the country to hold their own campaigns against intolerance.

For more information about Not In Our Town: Light in the Darkness, including the film trailer, discussion guides, and press materials, please visit NIOT.org or PBS.org/NIOT.

WQED Pittsburgh (www.wqed.org) has a proud history of honors, including 121 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive; and The WQED Education Department.

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Key Contacts

George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
Corporate Communications


Maria Pisano
Marketing Associate


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