Unity in the Community
Unity in the Community is an Olympia-based coalition dedicated to organizing
positive and pro-diversity educational events and appropriate community
responses to the presence of hate groups in the Olympia area. Unity seeks to
build working relationships with a broad range of ethnic and cultural
organizations, faith groups, progressive organizations, government entities and
individuals who support diversity as an essential basis for a strong community.
We originally formed in 1992 as a response to the racially motivated murder of Bob Buchanan Jr., a bi-racial Asian-American teen, by neo-Nazi skin heads. In the months following the murder there was a string of hate crimes throughout Olympia. Unity mobilized a large and very culturally diverse coalition to engage in a broad range of activities: