SCVANOW’s Human Rights Team (The Persisters) has worked for the last two years to open dialog between people of different backgrounds and cultures, including working with immigrants, youth, and the homeless. The team met with local merchants to engage them in the discussion to make Stillwater a welcoming city after a hate crime occurred at a local business. We continue our efforts to effect change, develop tolerance, and educate our neighbors.

The first two years of this administration have led to an increase in hate crimes statewide, according to the FBI. So we have some work to do.