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..."
On November 11, 2014 President Obama announced that he would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to civil rights activists Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner. The three young men were murdered in Mississippi in June 1964 while trying to register people to vote during the Freedom Summer. Their tragic deaths catalyzed the nation and helped lead to passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, two of the most important and influential civil rights laws ever passed.
None of us can know exactly what the grand jury has heard behind closed doors, or whether it will ultimately decide to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case. But our focus cannot be solely on a grand jury decision in this case, or just on Ferguon. It is time to commit to a meaningful conversation about structural racism and implicit bias, about building trust in police-community relations, and about how we can ultimately turn this tragic event into a catalyst for positive change
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.