ADL Across the Country
¡Celébrate! The Jewish Experience in Spanish-Speaking Countries
A series of cultural events in different cities to remember the extraordinary journey of the Jewish people after their expulsion from Spain in 1492 and to celebrate the ties between the Jewish people and the Spanish-speaking world.
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ADL Presents at The Institute For Mexicans Abroad
Monica Bauer, Community Coordinator for the Anti-Defamation League San Diego regional office, presented at the plenary meeting of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad. Ms. Bauer spoke about the history and work of the Anti-Defamation League, the extensive research that ADL conducts on hate, nativist and anti-immigrant groups, and how the League works to prevent and combat discrimination through education and exposing hate speech against Hispanics. She shared how ADL works to prevent, track and prosecute hate crimes. The presentation highlighted the collaboration between the Anti-Defamation League and the Mexican Embassy and its consulates to combat bias against Latinos and immigrants.
Regional Offices and the Latino Community
- ADL Arizona organized a meeting with the Israeli Consulate and the Hispanic Caucus of the Arizona State Legislature with the goal of creating a partnership between Arizona State University and Ben-Gurion University to work together on cybersecurity.
- ADL San Francisco met with the Mexican Consulate and discussed collaborating in cultural and intellectual events to bridge together the Jewish and Latino communities.
- ADL New England's Jewish-Latino Roundtable presented a discussion with Ambassador Alan D. Solomont, former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, and Susan Solomont. They spoke about their experiences in Spain both as representatives of the United States and as Jewish Americans with insights into the importance of positive relations between the Jewish and Hispanic communities throughout the world.
- FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Diego Rodriguez announced the selection of ADL Community Director Roberta S. Clark as the 2013 recipient of the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA). SAC Rodriguez said "Ms. Clark is devoted to educating law enforcement and the public, as well as providing guidance and assistance to community members who believe they have been victims of discrimination or hate crimes."
- The ADL Boston's New England Latino Leaders Mission to Israel took place from December 7-16. Read about the mission in an article published in El Mundo newspaper.
- On December 11, ADL Orange County and the Mexican Consulate of Santa Ana showed a screening of the documentary "Visa al Paraiso" about Gilberto Bosques, a Mexican Ambassador in France who in the late 1930's embarked on a misison to rescue thousands of Spaniards and Jews.
- In honor of ADL's Centennial year, each month ADL Connecticut features a "100 Years of Impact" profile about a dynamic leader or leaders whose lives have been impacted by ADL. Werner Oyanadel is the Executive Director of Connecticut's Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission and was one of 19 prominent Latino leaders across the country to participate in ADL's "Latino Leaders Mission to Israel" in 2012.
- ADL Philadelphia's Next Generation Leadership presented "A Nation of Immigrants: The Human Face of Immigration Reform" to honor America's history as a nation of immigrants.
- ADL Boston held a panel discussion titled "America - A Nation of Immigrants: Where We Stand Today," which featured Ali Noornai, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum in Washington DC, Reverend Cheng Imm Tan, Director of the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians and Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American campaign as panelists.
- ADL Boston honored Diego Portillo and Tanya Shnaydman with the Krupp Leadership Award, at the ADL’s 2013 Young Leadership Celebration. The event celebrated the honorees and the accomplishments of the young leaders, as well as commemorated ADL’s centennial year.
- ADL Chicago met with the Consul General of Mexico and his two assistant Consul Generals and spoke about how they can work together.
- ADL Los Angeles supporters joined leaders of the Latino community and diplomats for a reception held in the terraced backyard of the Mexican consulate's official residence where they mingled and "schmoozed." Consul Genera of Mexico Carlos M. Sada spoke of the long-standing and important connections between the Mexican and Jewish communities.
- ADL Houston and the South Texas College of Law presented “The Human Face of the Immigration Debate”. This program explored the immigration debate and provided an up close look at personal stories of those impacted by immigration, immigration law today, and civil rights challenges posed by immigration, including human trafficking.
- ADL Boston's Latino-Jewish Roundtable hosted a Mayoral Candidate Forum in the Boston office. Here, Leaders from Boston's Latino and Jewish communities were given the opportunity to meet some of the 2013 Mayoral Candidates one week prior to the primary election. Those candidates that presented included Felix Arroyo, Charles Clemons, John Connolly, Michael Ross and Charles Yancey. Read more about the event in the Boston Globe
- Join ADL New York on September 24th to hear the compelling narratives of 4 DREAMers from 4 different communities striving to build better lives and a better America.
Over 40 prominent Los Angeles artists, including Latinos, have agreed to contribute works inspired by ADL's Centennial theme Imagine a World Without Hate®. The donated art will be displayed and auctioned (silent and live) at a reception on September 17th featuring live entertainment and gourmet refreshments. All proceeds from the event and auction will support ADL Los Angeles' programs. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are now available. To learn more about the event, contributing artists and to register, please visit www.adl.org/ArtWorksLA.
- On August 29th ADL San Diego staff and lay leaders met with Congressman Vargas at his district office in Chula Vista. To begin the lobby meeting, the ADL delegation shared the ADL Centennial video "Imagine a World Without Hate" with the Congressman and thanked him for his support on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and for his opposition on the SAFE Act. ADL members asked the Congressman to vote in favor of the Employment Non Discrimination Act of 2013 and requseted his support for the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harrassment Act, to which he agreed.
- The San Diego Latino Film Festival invited ADL San Diego to introduce the bullying themed movie: "Después de Lucía" ("After Lucia") winner of the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012 and Mexico's official selection for the Academy Awards in 2013. ADL San Diego's Community Coordinator, Monica Bauer, was interviewed at Univision's "Despierta San Diego" about the importance of this film in highlighting the problem of bullying among teenagers and the work ADL does to prevent and address this pervasive issue. ADL San Diego's Associate Director, Tina Malka, presented ADL's Imagine Video and talked about bullying before the screening of the film. In addition, ADL San Diego had a table with materials where the Festival took place.
- ADL Houston applauded the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) efforts to preseve and protect the voting rights of all Texans. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder coordinated by ADL, the League and six other Texas civil rights groups commended DOJ for seeking a "preclearance" requirement for Texas that would bar voting law changes in the state until a federal court found that they would not discriminate against minority voters.
- Nearly 50 arson investigators, firefighters, and law enforcement officers participated in a hate crimes training session presented by ADL Houston in San Antonio. The session, which covered hate crime laws, hate crime victims, reporting hate crimes and how to recognize the signs, symbols and tattoos of people who act on their hate, lasted 4 hours and provided continuing education credit for the participants.
- ADL Washington DC has asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether North Carolina's recently - enacted voting law discriminates against minority voters. Read about it here
- Sonia Spar, ADL National Coordinator of Latino Community Relations, met with several Latin American consulates and local Latino leaders in Los Angeles.
- ADL Chicago's Assistant Director Amy Schwartz met with the Consul General of Peru to discuss anti-Semitism, the Jewish community in Peru and Latino cultural affairs.
- ADL Chicago's Regional Director Lonnie Nasatir met with Marty Castro, Chairman of the US Commission on Civil Rights and the Chairman of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and provided him with an overview of ADL and the issues we advocate for including immigration reform, church/state separation, marriage equality and general discrimination issues. Discussion included initiatives to partner on such as an anti-bullying campaign and discrimination.
- ADL Houston Assistant Project Director Pam Autio provided Miller Early Childhood Initiative Training to fifteen foster parents connected with the Casa de Esperanza social service agency, which helps children and their families in the Greater Houston area and surrounding counties whose lives have been disrupted by abuse, neglect, homelessness, poverty, substance abuse, parental incarceration and/or HIV-infection. The foster parents participated in the workshop to raise their cultural awareness, and be more responsive to the children in their care.
- The Washington, DC Regional office together with ADL's Civil Rights Policy Planning center presented a proram to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) entitled Facing off Against Violent Bigotry and Hate Groups: Understanding the Threat – and Tools to Address It. Sponsored by the USDA's office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights and the Office of Compliance, Policy, Training and Cultural Transformation, the program addressed hate crime laws and enforcement and provided an overview of extremism in America today.
- In the wake of recent hate crimes in New York City, New York State Senator Brad Holyman, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, hosted a public forum on New York State's hate crimes law on June 14. ADL was invited by the Senator to testify at the hearing and was delivered by Gregg Mashberg, the then-ADL Associate Board Chair. Read ADL's testimony (PDF) at the public forum.
- ADL was honored by LULAC NY for its work in securing justice and fair treatment for all and fighting all forms of discrimination, bigotry and promoting democratic values. Read more about ADL being honored by LULAC.
- Over the course of three Sundays, Latino and Jewish high schol students had the opportunity to learn about each other's cultures and their shared American heritage as Latino-Jewish Youth Ambassadors, a new program under the auspices of the New York ADL Latino-Jewish Roundtable. Read More About the ADL New York Latino-Jewish Roundtable Youth Ambassadors
- ADL San Francisco's Associate Director facilitated a 3 hour workshop on hate crime for 35 aspiring law enforcement officers at the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center. Read more about the hate crime training
- ADL San Francisco presented a special screening and community discussion of the documentary "Bully." This is the first documentary film to show how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or stood silent witness.
- ADL Florida presented Rolando J. Behar with the 2013 Distinguished Community Service Award for inspiring leadership in combatting anti-Semitism, promoting interfaith/intergroup relations, and tireless advocacy for the State of Israel. Rolando, a Cuban-American Jew, has dedicated himself to building bridges between various communities and devotes his energies to fighting injustice and promoting understanding wherever he goes.
- ADL Santa Barbara celebrated Diveristy Day at Girsh Park, where diverse organizations were represented that work alongside ADL and the work that it has been doing for one hundred years. There were informational booths, food, music and entertainment.
- ADL Florida and the Miami-Dade Civil Rights Committee hosted Florida State Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez at the law offices of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP. Committee members had an engaging and insightful discussion with the Representative on the 2013 Florida legislative session with topics such as election reform legislation as well as underlying structural issues within State government that create roadblocks to moving ADL's agenda forward in Tallahassee.
- ADL San Diego presents the Figueroa Family and its Jewish Roots: A Journey Through Music where they trace their family's roots in a concert with violin and piano music, as well as stories and photographs.
- ADL Connecticut gave its Torch of Liberty Award to Superintendent of New Haven Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. The Torch of Liberty Award is presented annually to outstanding citizens and corporations whose extraordinary work has helped strengthen the Greater New Haven community.
- David Barkley, ADL Southeastern Counsel, traveled to Daytona Beach to participate in a U.S. Department of Justice program on hate crimes. Mr. Barkey discussed ADL's advocacy and work in hate crimes, as well as the unique societal and community impact of bias-motivated crimes.
- ADL San Diego and Orange County, California in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico, presented ¡Celébrate! The Jewish Experience in Spanish-Speaking Countries. Myriam Moscona, author of Tela de Sevoya spoke about Sephardic culture in Mexico.
- Lorella Praeli, Director of Advocacy and Policy at United We Dream Network, was a panelist at ADL's Centennial Summit in Washington, DC and spoke about immigration reform.
- ADL's Latino-Jewish Roundtable in Los Angeles held a panel discussion featuring Congressman Howard Berman and California State Senator Kevin de Leon. They spoke about immigration reform and how California policy has shaped the debate.
- ADL Boston hosted a Nation of Immigrants Community Seder to bring diverse communities together and to build bridges of understanding
- Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino presented ADL Regional Board Chair Jeffrey Robbins and ADL Acting Regional Director Robert Trestan of the New England office with an official Proclamantion from the City of Boston "on the 100th anniversary of the Anti-Defamation League" at the Nation of Immigrants Community Seder. Mayor Setti Warren of Newton also issued the ADL an official proclamation from the city of Newton acknowledging that the League has worked "tirelessly for over one hundred years to secure fair treatment for people across all faiths and communities."
- ADL Denver presented its 2013 Civil Rights Award to Patricia Barela Rivera, who has worked for greater opportunities for women and minorities.
- Leaders from the Los Angeles civil rights community joined together for the ADL Centennial Civil Rights Symposium and attended a panel discussion which addressed civil rights issues facing the Latino, African American, Asian American and LGBT communities
Monica Bauer, ADL San Diego, with Ricardo Berron, host of the Univision TV show "Despierta San Diego"
Arnie Rubin, Bill Sugarman, Lonnie Nasatir (ADL Chicago Regional Director), Consul General Carlos Jimenez Macias, Amy Schwartz (ADL Chicago Assistant Regional Director) and Lisa Roth