NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Erase The Hate, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s social impact campaign recently launched to fight hate and inequality in America, has announced the six nonprofit start-up Change Makers chosen for its inaugural Erase The Hate Accelerator program. The Accelerator, a central component of the overall campaign, is an innovative program that identifies, supports and funds emerging activists – Change Makers – and fast-tracks their ideas toward greater impact. It provides grants; coaching and mentorship from leaders in the field, including the campaign’s Advisory Council members; and skill-based support from the NBCU Cable Entertainment’s Employee Volunteer Corps.
Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, founded Erase the Hate at USANetwork more than two decades ago. Now she is leveraging her entire portfolio of top cable networks, studios and digital businesses to amplify Erase The Hate’s mission to encourage a new generation to take action against hate, intolerance and inequality in America. Erase The Hate is proud to partner with the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Civic Nation, to help carry out this mission.
Erase The Hate will host the Change Makers in New York City beginning Monday, February 5th, for an Accelerator immersion week with a curriculum custom-built to address the needs of each organization. The week will include workshops focused on strategic planning, rapid prototyping, fundraising and storytelling, as well as featured guest speakers: Brittany Packnett; Nick Fellers, Founder & President of ForImpact; and Chip Heath, Stanford professor and author. Change Makers will also meet with mentors and funding advisors including the members of the Erase The Hate Advisory Council, and be teamed with Erase The Hate Employee Volunteer Corps members, Cable Entertainment employees who have raised their hands to provide ongoing targeted, skill-based support for each Change Maker. The Accelerator immersion is being facilitated by Uncharted, a nonprofit organization that works with entrepreneurs to tackle complex social issues.
“These six groups are tackling the kinds of systemic change it will take to create an America where everyone feels safe from hate and discrimination,” said Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Alliances at Teach For America and Erase The Hate Advisory Council member. “Supporting these Change Makers will only take their great work to the next level, and hopefully inspire even more Americans to do their part and join this critical movement.”
The six Erase The Hate Accelerator Change Makers are:
Erase The Hate’s Advisory Council, thought leaders who are helping to combat prejudice on critical fronts, worked together to select the six Change Makers. The council members are: Rebecca Cokley, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Wadi Gaitan, Press Secretary, The LIBRE Initiative; Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition; Garrett Johnson, Co-founder and Executive Director, Lincoln Network; Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Perception Institute; Suhail A. Khan, Senior Fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement and Director of External Affairs at Microsoft Corporation; Maria Teresa Kumar, President and CEO, Voto Latino; Janice Min, Strategist, Eldridge Industries; Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS, Ana Navarro, Republican Strategist and Commentator, Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach For America; Ashley Spillane, Senior Advisor, Democracy Fund; and Brian Walker, Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director, Color of Change.
Visit www.EraseTheHate.org to learn more about the campaign, the Accelerator and the Change Maker organizations.
Originally launched at USA Network in 1994 by a team led by Bonnie Hammer, Erase the Hate was an Emmy Award-winning social impact campaign founded to combat hate and discrimination in America. The new Erase The Hate has been reinvented in urgent, timely and impactful ways to address inequality and the epidemic of hate spreading at an unprecedented pace online and in our communities, and to support and encourage action taken by a new generation. The campaign now extends across Hammer’s entire Cable Entertainment portfolio which includes USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment, and Universal Kids, as well as Hollywood studios Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, and digital businesses Craftsy and Priv.
About NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment is a portfolio of top cable brands comprising two entities: The Entertainment Networks group including USA Network and SYFY; and the Lifestyle Networks group including Bravo Media, E! Entertainment, Oxygen Media, and Universal Kids. The portfolio also includes the Hollywood studios Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, and digital businesses Craftsy and Priv. NBCU Cable Entertainment is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
About Civic Nation
Civic Nation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing some of our nation’s most pressing challenges through organizing, engagement and public awareness. It does this by working with public and private partners to build tools and campaigns that turn great ideas into action. Civic Nation’s newest initiative, to combat hate and promote greater understanding among people in the United States, is sponsored by the Democracy Fund.
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