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ADL New York Advisory Board Looks to Create Local Interest Group
By Stephen E. Lipken
Karen Rosenfeld, Chair, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) New York Region opened a Westchester webinar on behalf of ADL’s New York Advisory Board to create a Westchester Interest Group on Wednesday, October 28th, inviting the public to get involved with ADL’s efforts in fighting hate and Anti-Semitism.
Rosenfeld then introduced new ADL New York/New Jersey Regional Director Scott Richman.
“ADL was established in 1913,” Richman began. “We talk in terms of ADL being an anti-hate organization, fighting Anti-Semitism as well as fighting for justice and fair treatment for all.
What do we mean by Incident Response? Every day we receive incidents of hate.
“If you go to adl.org/report, you can document incidents of Anti-Semitism on Social Media or work with law enforcement. We train 15,000 officers a year, work closely with NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force and schools with anti-bias, anti-bullying training.
“I want to describe four kinds of buckets of ADL’s work: 1) Center on Extremism starting with our work against the Ku Klux Klan, Proud Boys, a far-right white supremacist group plus Hate Symbol Database; 2) Education. World of Difference was started in 1985, working directly with students, training teachers and peer-to-peer work, creating ambassadors who can bring this learning to their fellow students. No Place for Hate is an effort to galvanize a community to respond to hate; 3) Anti-Semitism. Incident Response is a very important piece of that. This is the second anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue attacks. A pyramid of hate and discrimination can lead to violent acts; 4) Center of Technology, based in Silicon Valley, understanding what is going on with Social Media, creating a Heat Map of Anti-Semitic incidents.”
Richman asked the community to be “foot soldiers,” building relationships with elected officials, faith leaders, campus and school administrators; programming/brainstorming to bring ideas to the community and visibility, fostering dialogues.