From the beginning, ADL recognized the importance of addressing not only the defamation of the Jewish people, but simultaneously understood the importance of securing "justice and fair treatment to all..."
ADL joined the Change the Mascot campaign and a diverse coalition of organizations in urging radio and TV broadcasters to refrain from using the Washington NFL team’s disparaging name on the public airwaves. Signed by over 100 leading Native American, religious and civil rights organizations, a letter went to national news networks and thousands of reporters who cover sports in cities with NFL teams.
The letter encourages broadcasters to join dozens of fellow media organizations who are refusing to use the team’s offensive name, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Kansas City Star, The Denver Post, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington City Paper and many more. Leading journalists, including NBC Sports’ Bob Costas, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, USA Today’s Christine Brennan, and The Washington Post’s Mike Wise have been among the dozens of reporters who have individually spoken out against the team’s name.
ADL welcomed President Obama's call on Americans to “seek out our shared humanity” in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown and applauded the president's engagement of Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice to ensure that justice, civil rights and public safety are served and that “…our constitutional rights to speak freely, to assemble, and to report in the press [are] vigilantly safeguarded.”
Read about ADL's work in the courts from this past term.
Amicus curiae, literally "friend of the court," briefs have proven to be one of the most effective means of achieving ADL's goal of "securing justice and fair treatment to all..." Such briefs are filed by groups who are not parties to a particular dispute but nevertheless have a stake in its outcome.
As a civil rights organization with a stake in many different types of litigation, ADL has filed amicus briefs in cases involving issues that range from the separation of church and state to racial discrimination to marriage equality.