Welcome in My BackYard (WIMBY)

  1. Read the Pledge.
  2. Sign the Pledge (below).
  3. Download the WIMBY sign for your home, or visit our store for yard-signs, bumper magnets, cups, t-shirts and much more.
  4. Share a pic of you with the WIMBY logo and hastag #fhcWIMBY
  5. Share the Pledge.

The WIMBY Pledge

The W I M B Y Pledge : Welcome In My BackYard

I affirm that I welcome people of all walks of life in my neighborhood and community, and value human diversity in all its forms. I cherish my right to live according to my own values and beliefs, and respect the rights of others to do the same.

I am personally opposed to and will try to find ways to speak out against:

Housing discrimination and other forms of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual harassment), disability, familial status, marital status, age, source of income, student status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression;

Verbal and physical harassment and abuse of all kinds, especially against children;

Racist and anti-Semitic acts;

The "not in my backyard" attitude toward group homes, foster-care homes, shelters, and public, cooperative, and subsidized housing;

Ethnic intimidation;

Anti-immigration and anti-immigrant actions and prejudice;

Anti-gay, lesbian, and bisexual harassment;

Anti-transgender and gender expression harassment.

I recognize that I may also hold such prejudices and stereotypes of various kinds developed during my life. Over the next year, I will try to better understand and reverse such attitudes in order to ensure that I do not act upon them.

I also intend to exercise my rights of free speech and political expression by keeping the WIMBY sign in one of my windows for the next year, in order to increase consciousness in my neighborhood and community about the principles of this pledge.

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History: In 1994, in response to hate crimes in Ann Arbor, our office worked with community members to start the WIMBY campaign (Welcome in My BackYard). We asked people to sign on to a Pledge and place a poster in their window indicating to the public their commitment to fostering a welcoming community. The campaign was about diversity, inclusion, understanding our own implicit biases, and challenging us to speak up against prejudices and stereotypes.

Looking for the FHC WIMBY video campaign information? Click here.