Fargo, ND, Monday, July 28, 2014 — USA Network Monday announced this year’s 10 Characters Unite Award recipients.
The winners, chosen from hundreds of nominees for their extraordinary efforts in combating hate, intolerance and discrimination, will be acknowledged during hometown award ceremonies and will receive $5,000 grants from USA Network and participating distributors to support their projects or related nonprofit organizations.
Additionally, honorees will be featured on-air in a public service announcement, online at charactersunite.com and in social media, said network officials.
Among the award winners is Scott Garman, a native of Fargo, North Dakota. Garman is the director and co-founder of UnityND, an anti-hate organization formed in response to a white supremacist’s attempt to take over and build an all-white enclave in the town of Leith, ND.
When a national white supremacist organization planned a rally in support of the town takeover, Scott knew he had to take action. He and friends – Jeremy Kelly, James McMullen-Wendt and Kade Ferris – launched UnityND and planned a counter-demonstration to show the white supremacists that their hate was unacceptable.
UnityND organized accommodations and raised funds for transportation and gas money to support more than 350 people from surrounding communities to attend and show solidarity. As a result of the organization’s efforts and the town’s strength, the supremacists were not able to reach their goal of establishing an all-white community.
Scott continues to work relentlessly with UnityND to promote patriotism, citizenship and strong, tolerant and welcoming communities across the state, while combating prejudice and discrimination. This past weekend the organization hosted its first UnityFest summer festival, in West Fargo, to celebrate cultural, racial and community unity in North Dakota.
“We congratulate this year’s Characters Unite Award winners for the incredible work they do in their communities to fight discrimination while championing tolerance and acceptance,” said Mac Budill, President, NBCUniversal TV Networks Distribution. “We are proud to partner with our distributors in recognizing these remarkable leaders and their efforts.”
UnityND believes that direct action and strong opposition are needed to combat those who seek to spread injustice, hatred, and divisiveness. As citizens, it is our duty not just to bear witness, but to actively work to find solutions to the problems of racism, classism, sexism, and hate. We will strive to protect our communities and citizens with all resources available to us until our mission is achieved.
The Director of UnityND, Scott Garman, is available for interviews about the Characters Unite award and the UnityND organization.
Contact: Scott Garman, Director
See Scott’s Award announcement at http://www.charactersunite.com/initiatives/characters-unite-awards/award-winners/scott-garman