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Using her recent GRAMMYs performance to make a political statement, Katy Perry yelled “No hate!” after her song to stand up against injustice. In a world that has seen a rise in hate groups in the past few years, it is important to fight discrimination in all forms. We live in a country that values equality, and thus discrimination has no place in our society.

The NOH8 Campaign stands against discrimination and bullying of all kinds. #NOH8 is a “photographic silent protest” created by photographer Adam Bouska and his partner Jeff Parshley. The campaign features portraits of both everyday people and celebrities with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced. The photos make a statement that even if you take away our voices, we will still be heard. The “NOH8″ painted on one cheek is a visual protest for human equality. Since the campaign started in 2009, it has photographed over 55,000 faces and continues to host open photo shoots around the country and the globe. Check out an event near you to help promote love, acceptance, and respect for all human beings.

Another inspiring group working to fight discrimination is the No Hate Speech Movement. This is a youth-led movement organized through the Council of Europe’s youth sector since 2012. Its goal is to stand up against online racism and discrimination by mobilizing young people to recognize and report hate speech. Youth all over Europe are joining the “biggest chain against hate” to make the internet a better place and stop the violation of human rights.

Join a community of peacemakers and create a project to fight discrimination today!