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Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes Hosts Conference at Kellogg Center November 22

Lansing—The seventh annual MI Response to Hate Conference will take place Friday, November 22 at Kellogg Center in East Lansing, from 9 am until 3:30 pm.

During the morning session, The Bully Chronicles will be showcased by Amy S. Weber, producer and director of the forthcoming film. This docudrama, filmed in Michigan by Radish Productions, explores the story of a young woman whose systematic physical, emotional and cyber bullying results in the suicide attempt of another youth in the film. The Bully Chronicles illuminates today’s bullying epidemic in a poignant way.

A midday discussion will take place on how communities have handled high profile situations, ranging from the Trayvon Martin case in Florida to the Sikh Temple Massacre in Wisconsin and repeat appearances in Michigan by Pastor Terry Jones and the Westboro Baptist Church. The panel of experts includes Walt Crider, Michigan State Police Community Service Trooper; Gil Moore, Community Relations Service, National Deputy Director, US Department of Justice; Meg Gorecki, Community Relations Service Midwest Regional Director, US DOJ; Ronald Haddad, Chief of Police, Dearborn Police Department and Jeff Murphy, Captain, East Lansing Police Department.

The afternoon plenary session will be led by Not In Our Town Executive Producer Patrice O'Neill and Community Engagement Director Michelle Gahee Kloss. This hands-on activity will further develop the skill sets of attendees engaged in responses to bias and hate crimes in their communities. The MIchigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (MIAAHC) is a project of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Partners include the US Attorneys Offices in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the FBI, the Anti-Defamation League, The City of Grand Rapids, the US Department of Justice and several others.

To learn more about MIAAHC, please visit www.miaahc.com. To learn more about the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, visit www.michigan.gov/mdcr.