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PLEASE REGISTER HERE to join us on November 17, 2010 for the LOVE BEATS HATE blogging event.

Some of you may have noticed a pink flower in the left sidebar marked “Love Beats Hate”. Are you wondering what it is for?

Coming up on November 17, 2010 to a blog near you…

“Love Beats Hate”



“Love Beats Hate” is a blogging event designed to shine a spotlight on the power of love and the importance of speaking out on behalf of marginalized populations.

Diana Lee and I were talking recently about the situation below. We (and many others) were concerned about it and were struggling to find a way to address the situation in a positive manner. Thanks to the help of many people (too many to possibly thank), this wish has gelled to form the “Love Beats Hate” campaign. First, here is a bit of background for people. Please understand that it is not necessary to know all of the details and particulars of the situation that triggered this event. Sadly, it was just one of a number of examples of people using the Internet to spread hate. Our goal is to use our voices to speak, instead, about love. Here is the background:

In the wake of the posting of a page filled with hate speech on a social media site, we are joining forces to speak out about the fact that targeting marginalized groups is unacceptable.

While a specific page on Facebook triggered this event, we are not making this blogging event specific to that page. We will NOT hyperlink to the Facebook page in question because we do not wish to contribute traffic to that page as we believe this feeds the problem.

While the specific site mentioned above (on Facebook) targets people with disabilities and people with a particular illness, the page also includes references to several other marginalized groups.

Many people have reported the page to Facebook and word has it that very similar pages have been taken down by Facebook 3-4 times in the past. There is even a Facebook page set up now for the sole purpose of trying to get the initial Facebook page removed. (The individual who set up the hate speech page has started yet another Facebook page aimed at removing the page trying to remove his page). Clearly, much energy could be expended trying to remove a page which, if history repeats itself, will only reappear as a fresh page.

Rather than focus our energy on trying to get the page taken down on Facebook (only to have it most likely reappear down the line), we are choosing instead to speak out about this issue on our terms.

Therefore, any blogger wishing to speak out that it is NOT acceptable to use Facebook or other social media outlets to attack, mock, or make fun of individuals who belong to marginalized groups is welcome to join us in blogging for this event.

Please note:

We believe it is important NOT to engage in any direct communication with the individual who set up the hate speech page that prompted this event. Any communication with someone who is engaged in making attacks on marginalized groups and/or making remarks that are defined as hate speech may very well serve to escalate matters. Please do not “like” the Facebook page in question for the purpose of telling the page owner that he is wrong to have set it up. This only gives energy and attention to the individual in question.

We strongly encourage those without blogs to promote this event on Facebook and Twitter (with the hashtag #lovebeatshate). Please “like” the new Love Beats Hate page on Facebook.

Our purpose is to speak up for marginalized groups. Rather than spin our wheels fighting hard to get a hate-filled page removed from Facebook only to have the originator replace it with a similar page, we are speaking up on our own terms to say that “Love Beats Hate”.

Today, my friend Jenn kindly registered a hashtag on Twitter to be used to promote the “Love Beats Hate” blogging event. The hashtag will also be used for sharing blog posts written by bloggers who choose to participate in this event.


If you are a Twitter user, please retweet Jenn’s message (seen above). If you have difficulty reading the small font above, you can find Jenn on her Twitter page. There you can retweet the message that kicked off the “Love Beats Hate” campaign on Twitter.

Facebook users, we would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word about the “Love Beats Hate” campaign. More information will be shared as soon as possible.

November 17, 2010 will be the blogging event date.

Please follow Jenn’s example and spread the word about this event to get the word out about it in advance of November 17th.

Are you interested in promoting the “Love Beats Hate” campaign? The flower photo above is the official event image. You may view the image license below:

View image license for flower photo here.

I am going to display the flower in my blog’s sidebar to draw attention to this blogging event. You are welcome to use the photo in the same way. Please just stay within the guidelines above for use of this photo.

The more bloggers who choose to participate and raise their voices in the name of love rather than hate, the better.

Please remember that you do NOT need to have a blog to help this campaign succeed. Anyone willing to spread the word (particularly via Facebook and Twitter) can help us show that “Love Beats Hate”. Thank you!


Update:


Are YOU interesting in participating in our blogging event on November 17, 2010?

Please use the tool below to input the name of your blog post and the site address where you’ll be writing a post. Let’s shine a spotlight on the power of love and the importance of speaking out on behalf of marginalized populations with the “Love Beats Hate” blogging event.

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Please click HERE to enter your link for the Love Beats Hate blogging event. Any links deemed to be spam will be removed from the list.

This post was written by Jeanne at http://chronichealing.com. Copyright © Jeanne — chronichealing.com. All rights reserved.


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10 comments

1 JennNo Gravatar { 11.11.10 at 10:16 pm }

Thank you Jeanne for organizing this blogging event! I am happy to take part in it. I admire the way you are handling this negative person. I am a true believer in the power of love & not letting negative people bring negativity out of me.

Looking forward to the posts on November 17th!
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..I HEART BOB =-.

2 Ellen SNo Gravatar { 11.11.10 at 10:36 pm }

I am SO there with you guys! Thanks for the invite Diana…

3 Gypsy Hearts » Blog Archive » Love Beats Hate…. { 11.13.10 at 5:09 am }

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4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.13.10 at 3:53 pm }

Hi Jenn!

Many people are working together to coordinate this event. I appreciate all of your efforts (setting up the #LoveBeatsHate hashtag on Twitter, sending many tweets/retweets, blogging about this event coming up). Diana has been working tirelessly on getting the word out and setting things up on Facebook. Between the Twitter hashtag #LoveBeatsHate, the Facebook page Love Beats Hate, the Facebook event Love Beats Hate, all of the people spreading the word with Facebook shares, tweets, and emails… the word is getting out and that’s great.

Diana set up this awesome link that helps people find all of the information: Love Beats Hate.

These bloggers have written blog posts about their intentions to blog on 11/17 about “Love Beats Hate”:

Rose

Cait

Diana

you! 😉

Many more have registered for the event with the Linky tool in this post. Still more have expressed interest on Facebook, Twitter or behind the scenes.

I would encourage anyone interested in participating in the blogging event on November 17th to register using the Linky tool. (If anyone has any questions, please leave a blog comment here and I will be happy to get back to you)!

It is great to see so many people excited about this event! The positive feedback has been overwhelming.

Thank you again for your efforts at getting the word out to people!

I would encourage bloggers AND non-bloggers to spread the word as widely as possible via Facebook, Twitter, blogs (for those who have them), email, etc.

Jeanne

5 Jenny H.No Gravatar { 11.13.10 at 11:07 pm }

Hi Jeanne,

Happy to spread the love on my blog 🙂

Jenny
.-= Jenny H.´s last blog ..Love Beats Hate Blogging Event 11-17-10 =-.

6 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.14.10 at 10:20 am }

Jenny,

That’s wonderful! Thank you for writing about it on your blog in advance (and displaying the pink flower on your blog to draw attention to the event)! 🙂

Jeanne

7 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.14.10 at 11:07 am }

Ellen,

Thanks for your interest in the “Love Beats Hate” blogging event. 🙂

Jeanne

8 JasmineNo Gravatar { 11.15.10 at 9:18 pm }

Thank you Jeanne, Diana and all for putting this event together, and for spreading the word.
.-= Jasmine´s last blog ..jasmines cove is participating in love beats hate blogging event Nov 17th =-.

9 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.16.10 at 1:15 am }

Jasmine,

Thank YOU for all of your efforts getting the word out on Facebook, Twitter and your blog about Wednesday’s event! 😉

Jeanne

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