In 2017, the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate was launched as a project of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) through receipt of a $125,000 “Communities Against Hate” rapid-response grant by the Open Society Foundations. This funding initiative was a national competition awarding a total of $3 million in funds nationwide.
The six-month grant awarded to the FHCCI had three main focus areas: (1) Draft, modify, or create resources for responding to hate including training opportunities for advocates and community members; (2) Begin building an infrastructure for the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate for responding to hate in Central Indiana; and (3) A training conference for combating hate at the end of the six-month period.
In March 2017, the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate (Alliance) was launched. That month, a community forum was held to gather information from the community and establish areas of focus.
In August 2017, the Alliance hosted an Inaugural Indiana Response to Hate Conference. This highly successful event had speakers from across the nation providing information to attendees. We also created several promotional materials for Hoosiers to show their support for the work of the Alliance including yard signs, posters, fact sheets, and more.
By the end of 2017, the Alliance was over 90 organization members strong from across the State of Indiana.
During the 2018 Indiana General Assembly, the Alliance and its members were active in raising awareness of the need for a comprehensive state hate crime law through a rally, press conference, Hoosier involvement, and coordination of testimony.
In 2018, the name of the Alliance was changed from the Central Indiana Alliance Against Hate to the Indiana Alliance Against Hate to better reflect its membership.
In July 2018, a founding Board of Directors was established who voted to begin the process of incorporating the Indiana Alliance Against Hate as a nonprofit organization independent of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana. At this time, the Alliance remains a project of the FHCCI until 501(c)3 tax exemption and funding support is obtained.