Hours Against Hate started with two women and an impromptu speech swap.
A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN
2011: At an international conference focused on fighting global intolerance, Hannah Rosenthal, Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, and Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, each prepared official statements condemning hate in their respective Jewish and Muslim communities.
As the delegation was called to present their drafted speeches, Rosenthal and Pandith decided to swap statements – this resulted in Rosenthal condemning hatred of Muslims, and Pandith condemning anti-Semitism. This simple, yet powerful action resonated with people across the world. In fact, it ended up growing into a social media initiative that they named Hours Against Hate.
Rosenthal and Pandith found it imperative to continue fostering the momentum, so they began to expand on the concept. They decided to ask young people to pledge a single hour of their month that would focus on building a relationship with someone they otherwise would not know – someone who looks, lives, loves or prays differently from themselves – in order to grow in cultural understanding and promote acceptance.
FARAH PANDITH AND
BROUGHT TO MILWAUKEE
2018: After Hannah accepted a position with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in 2013, she decided to bring Hours Against Hate to Milwaukee. Now, reinvigorated in 2018, the initiative hopes to engage opinion leaders, decisions makers, students, teachers, and community and civic leaders to help stop hatred and promote respect across lines of culture, religion, tradition, class, race, gender and sexual orientation.
Hours Against Hate has grown into an effort supported by thousands of young people and elected officials globally, and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation is proud to help support it and champion the message it represents.