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ING and Partners Launch Summer
Campaign to Know Your Neighbor
We are convinced that the best way to avert that danger is for ordinary people to come together around the table—at coffee shops, community centers, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or anywhere—to get to know one another, and to find and affirm the key religious and ethical values and aspirations we share across our many differences.
Decades of social science research have shown that personal contact with members of groups you are unfamiliar with is the most effective way to dispel prejudice. Most recently, a study by Stanford and Berkeley researchers demonstrated that as little as ten minutes of non-confrontational encounter with a person from a different background has a lasting effect in breaking down bias and even impacting voting decisions.
This is why our 70 national partners in the Know Your Neighbor coalition have launched this campaign: to provide inspiration, tools, and resources for individuals, organizations, and youth to reach out, to build mutual understanding and respect among all our fellow Americans this summer and beyond. We believe that if enough Americans—a critical mass of us—join our campaign by participating in one or two simple actions of encounter, we can push back effectively against the division and polarization that have become toxic to our national character.
The unity of our nation is based neither upon our uniformity nor upon our agreement on questions of politics or religion, but rather on our common commitment to the fundamental values of equality, fairness, and respect. We can do better as a nation, and it begins with us! Join us today at www.ing.org/kyn.