This week's featured organization is the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL works first to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, but through the years their mission has expanded to secure justice and fair treatment for all marginalized communities.
Although the numbers vary between organizations who are doing data collection and reporting on hate groups, there's a general consensus that hate crimes are on the rise. This disturbing trend is evident in the two mosques burned to the ground in Texas last month. and in the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis last week. And just this weekend, the news broke of another Jewish cemetery whose headstones were toppled in a horrific act of vandalism, this time in Philadelphia.
- Two Texas mosques burned to the ground this month [Texas Tribune]
- Support pours in for damaged Jewish cemetery near St. Louis [Chicago Tribune]
- Philadelphia Jewish cemetery desecrated by vandals [Reuters]
- Dozens of headstones vandalized at Philadelphia Jewish cemetery [Washington Post]
We are appalled to see the desecration of another Jewish cemetery. These attacks need to end now: https://t.co/d9S1KUAWCg— ADL (@ADL_National) February 26, 2017
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." In the more than hundred years since their inception, they have grown to be one of the leading voices in support of hate crimes legislation in the United States.
In addition to their advocacy work:
- They gather and publish hate crimes statistics
- Their incident reporting tool to helps victims of hate crimes expose hate
- Their advocacy center helps people reach their members of Congress and speak out
- Their comprehensive hate symbols database can help you recognize the visual symbols used by white supremacist movements and other types of hate groups
- And they provide a wide range of education and outreach tools to help youth learn how to combat bias and bullying
Finally, the Anti-Defamation League has regional chapters all over the country, to provide support and education wherever you live and to give you an opportunity to get involved in your local community.
The Anti-Defamation League is going to need our help more than ever. To find out how you can get involved, visit them at:
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