#CallitOut: When you experience hate, don't just be a bystander
Why should I #CallitOut?
Hate crimes are spiking and elected leaders are rejecting basic standards of human rights. It is the darkest decline in global values we’ve seen in our 38 years standing up for human rights.
None of us can afford to stay silent. So we are building a national effort to #CallitOut - to fight back against the people who attack us and defend the basic values that define who we are.
The idea is simple: When you see something, say something. It’s up to each of us to call out intolerance by reporting racist, sexist and homophobic attacks and building a national call to fight against hate. We just set up a text-based system that allows you to:
- Easily report incidents of hate in your own community.
- #CallitOut when leaders - in word or deed - cross the line.
We’ll need thousands of people to sign up to make a difference. The more stories we collect, the more we can draw attention and resources to combat hate. And most importantly, we can show that wherever we are, we are not afraid to speak up and #CallitOut when human rights are under attack.
How do I #CallitOut when I see an incident?*
Don’t wait until something happens - sign up now:
- Text “CallitOut” to 82257.
You’ll get instructions on reporting an incident and updates on opportunities to #CallitOut.
- Text ‘Reporting’ and your story when you witness an incident of hate. Don’t forget to add photos and video.
- Answer a few follow up questions.
We will pass on your story to our partners at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) who are tracking these stories and mapping the trends.
What happens when I report an incident?
We are sharing information with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which monitors hate groups and other extremists throughout the United States. When you share your story, we will pass it on to SPLC. They are producing up-to-the minute analysis of our reports and others coming in from around the country. Human Rights Watch will use the information you provide to track and analyze the occurrence of hateful incidents and hate crimes to identify research priorities and ways to combat hate. Human Rights Watch may reach out to a limited number of individuals who report in order to follow up on the incidents reported.
What else can I do?
As always, Human Rights Watch is closely tracking opportunities for you to challenge racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other abuses in the US and abroad. We’ll keep you up-to-date with opportunities for you to #CallitOut in moments of crisis or opportunity that can help shift the tide of public opinion.
This is not an emergency line. If you are in need of immediate assistance in the US, call 911
HRW is collaborating with the SPLC to utilize the information provided for #hatewatch, a national data collection on hateful incidents of harassment.
Service is available only in the US and standard rates apply.
- Experiencing racist harassment? People seeking legal assistance may wish to contact: NAACP; NAACP LDF; Latino Justice PRLDEF; National Council of La Raza; and/or the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). MALDEF is also gathering reports of harassment. To report an incident, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Experiencing anti-Semitic or racist harassment? Report to the Anti-Defamation League. The A.D.L. also has a tool for reporting online harassment and advice for speaking out against bigotry.
- Are you victim of threats or harassment because of your religion? You can request legal help from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
- Need legal assistance? Contact www.LawHelp.org or your local ACLU affiliate.
- Experiencing discrimination because of your sexual orientation or gender identity? Get legal information from the Lambda Legal Help Desk. Lambda Legal also has a list of resources, including crisis and suicide prevention hotlines, for people who have experienced discrimination or harassment.
- A victim of hate crime? The Human Rights Campaign has advice for victims of hate crimes. While some of it is specific to crimes involving homophobia or transphobia, much of it applies to all victims of hate crimes.
- Hotlines. State officials in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland have set up hotlines for residents to report harassment or hate crimes. The number for New York is 1-888-392-3644; for Massachusetts, 1-800-994-3228; and for Maryland, 1-866-481-8361.
- If you have experienced domestic violence, rape, or other abuse you can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), www.thehotline.org or the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE, www.rainn.org