Skate Against Hate

We’ve seen hate-filled graffiti and vandalism at the skate park, the Aut Bar, and on campus.

Are we going to let the haters set the tone?  NO!

We’re going to come together and celebrate our commitment to diversity inclusion. We’re going to learn how we can stand up against hate in all its forms, connect across our community, and support nonprofits on front lines of working for justice and equity. And, we’re going to have some fun!

When: October 8, 2017, 2-6pm
Where: Ann Arbor Skate Park
What: Featuring:

  • Skateboard Legend & Hip Hop MC Skater Ron Allen
  • Music
  • Skate demonstration
  • Learn to skate
  • Food trucks
  • Education tent
  • DIY buttons and stickers with Ann Arbor Art Center
  • Bake sale

Please also join us for the after party, starting at 6:00, at HOMES Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave. At 7 p.m. don’t miss the screening  and discussion of The Blackboard, which features our celebrety guest Ron Allen.

How Much: Event is free, donations accepted to fund local organizations fighting against hate and inequality.

Who:  Everyone is welcome to this celebration of inclusion and justice, whether you skate or not!

Organized by Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Friends of the Ann Arbor Skate Park. 100% of proceeds benefit organizations promoting justice and inclusion and skating (Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, Peace Neighborhood Center, Jim Toy Center, Friends of Ann Arbor Skate Park)

Volunteer at the event

Sign up at  Volunteers get a free volunteer t-shirt

Spread the word

  • Share the Facebook event
  • Print and display the event poster!
  • Email your friends
  • Tell you co-workers, congregation, community group, or neighbors. 
  • Come yourself and bring a friend!

Please also donate online.  100% of proceeds benefit local groups leading the fight for justice and inclusion.


Skate Area

Education Stage

emceed by Rep. Yousef Rabhi, lineup subject to change

2:00 Opening Ceremony  
2:30 Open Skate
  •  “So That’s What an Invisible Barrier Looks Like” by Chuck Warpehoski
  • “Challenging Anti-Semitism:  Being An Ally, Advocate and Activist” by Rabbi Kim Blumenthal
3:00 Open Ste
Learn to Skate on South End of Skatepark
  • “Tale of Two Cities” by Yodit Mesfin-Johnson
  • “So, you heard the Nazi’s are  coming” by Sheri Wander
  • “Confronting Islamophobia” by Habib Hamidi
  • “Immigrant Parents: the Original Dreamers” by Luz Meza
4:00 Open Skate
  • “Race in America: Make Yourself Uncomfortable” by Robin Stephens
  • “Immigrant Youth: Telling Our Stories Ourselves”  by Wasthenaw Interfaith Immigrant Rights Coalition Teen Group
  • Protest Song by Rabbi Josh Whinston
  • ”The Erasure of Blackness in the Immigrant Rights Movement ” Catalina Rios
5:00 Closing Program

  • Performance by Ron Allen
  • Skate Demonstration

After Party & Film Showing

Join us at HOMES Brewery, 2321 Jackson Ave, for the after party, starting at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. don’t miss the screening  and discussion of The Blackboard, which features Ron Allen. Due to limited parking at the brewery, walking to after party is advised.