Abington Township was recertified as a "No Place for Hate" community at last month's Board of Commissioners meeting, marking the third year in a row the municipality has received the distinction.
Administered by the Anti-Defamation League, the program encourages towns to adopt a zero-tolerance policy against racism. To become such a community, a town must implement three activities to help stamp out hatred and bigotry within its borders.
In Abington, officials invited ADL workers to train police to recognize the characteristics of hate crimes, as well as create a Rapid Response Team to help potential victims. ADL representatives also spoke to area schools and organizations about the pitfalls of violence and racism.
At the recent commissioners' meeting, ADL officials presented the town with road signs proclaiming that "Abington Is a 'No Place for Hate' Community."
Joanne Weaver-Stroh, who chairs Abington's ADL-backed effort, said the program was implemented simply as a deterrent, and that the town was being "proactive and preventive."