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Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness

Airs Monday, February 3, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Patchogue community portrait on the two-year anniversary of Marcelo Lucero's ...

Credit: Courtesy of Jackson Hill Photography, LLC

Above: Patchogue community portrait on the two-year anniversary of Marcelo Lucero's death.

Mapping The Movement

This map shows us where hate crimes are happening, but more importantly, it's a place to find stories of people standing up to intolerance. You can change the color of the map. Share what you're doing to fight hate and earn a green dot.

In 2008, a series of attacks by a group of local teenagers against Latino residents of the Long Island, New York town of Patchogue ended with the killing of 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero. An Ecuadorian immigrant, Lucero had been a Patchogue resident for 13 years.

Filmed over a two-year period, "Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness" follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother Joselo Lucero, community leaders, residents and students as they openly address the underlying causes of the violence, work to heal divisions and take steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.

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Trailer: Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness

"Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness" is a one-hour documentary about a town coming together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community. In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York culminate with the murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years.

Not In Our Town: Staging A Response To Hate

After transgender teen Gwen Araujo is killed by local youth in the Silicon Valley suburb of Newark, the town's residents and civic leaders must acknowledge and deal with this brutal and preventable crime. Through their local high school production of The Laramie Project, the students and Newark residents begin to see parallels in their own community.

Joining Forces against Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Gay Hatred

In the aftermath of the fatal beating of José Sucuzhañay, members of Brooklyn's immigrant and LGBTQ communities came together to brainstorm hate crime prevention strategies.

What is Not In Our School?

Across the country, students and teachers are sharing stories, joining together and taking action to create safe schools, free from stereotypes, intolerance, and hate. They're part of a movement called Not In Our School (NIOS). Learn more at

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