Still from the film “Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness” (Photo/William Caballero)
Still from the film “Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness” (Photo/William Caballero)

Film screening and anti-hate vigil at Marin JCC

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What can residents of Marin learn from the 2008 murder of an Ecuadorian immigrant in New York? For one, how to say “not in our town” to discrimination, intolerance and hate.

Not In Our Town is an Oakland-based nonprofit that encourages cities across the nation to adopt measures to prevent bullying and hate crimes by promoting openness. Its message is coming to the Osher Marin JCC on Tuesday, March 5 for a three-hour interfaith event titled “Light in the Darkness.”

The lineup includes a screening of “Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness,” about a series of attacks against the Latino community in Patchogue, New York, that culminated in the murder of an immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years. The 30-minute documentary looks at many things, including how residents and the victim’s family worked to heal the town.

The event will start with a candlelight vigil and also will include a panel discussion with San Rafael Police Chief Diana Bishop, Marin County Superintendent Mary Jane Burke, Lucia Martel-Dow of the immigrant advocacy and support group Canal Alliance and Brandeis Marin Head of School Peg Sandel.

Organizers are Not In Our Town, the Osher Marin JCC and Canal Alliance, in association with Brandeis Marin, Congregations Rodef Sholom and Kol Shofar, the Islamic Center of Mill Valley, the Islamic Center of North Marin, the Marin Interfaith Council and two county offices (district attorney and education).

Free with advance registration, the event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in the Hoytt Theater at the Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road in San Rafael. For registration or more details, visit