ADL Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community

We mourn for George Floyd, who was horrifically murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. There are many marching in the streets across the country and around the world chanting, “I can’t breathe” in tribute to his memory and to demand justice.

We mourn for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks among countless others whose lives were cut short as a result of systemic racism in policing.

As an organization committed to fighting all forms of hate, ADL knows that these brutal deaths follow an explosion of racist murders and hate crimes across the U.S. Systemic racism, injustice, and inequality call for systemic change.

It is more than just institutions that need to change.  During the Civil Rights era, Rabbi Abraham Heschel joined Martin Luther King, Jr. in his Alabama march from Selma to Montgomery. Rabbi Heschel said afterward, “I prayed with my feet.” We as individuals and communities continue their march today.

Join us in combatting the bigotry, racism and discrimination that targets marginalized communities today.

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We are Stronger if We Fight Racism Together

It is only by listening, learning and teaching about bias, systemic racism and discrimination, that we will find a path forward. We are stronger if we fight racism together and call out for justice.
 

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Support the passage of H.Res. 988

ADL urges Congress to to condemn all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country.



 

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Support the passage of H.Res. 988

Extremists Weigh in on Nationwide Protests

ADL’s Center on Extremism is actively monitoring extremist groups’ commentary on — and occasional participation in — the nationwide protests.

 

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Extremists Weigh in on Nationwide Protests

Soros Conspiracy Theories and The Protests

As protests continue in response to the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, right-wing pundits and conspiracy theorists have alleged that George Soros has played a role in fomenting the chaos.

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Soros Conspiracy Theories and The Protests

Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to Movement

Students learn about the history of Black Lives Matter, analyze the controversy about using the term “All lives matter” and express their point of view through opinion exercises.

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Black Lives Matter: From Hashtag to Movement

Coalition Letter with LHCCR

ADL added its name with Jewish groups to call for accountibility and to commit to ending systemic racism.


 

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Coalition Letter with LHCCR

Additional Resources

It is only by listening, learning and teaching about bias, systemic racism and discrimination, that we will find a path forward. We are stronger if we fight racism together and call out for justice.

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Additional Resources

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? | A Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations Roundtable (June 30, 2020)

Fighting Hate From Home | Fighting Racism as a Multiracial Jewish Community  (June 26, 2020)

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ADL’s Center on Extremism is actively monitoring extremist groups’ commentary on — and occasional participation in — the nationwide protests, and has found an abundance of online conspiracy theories blaming George Soros for fomenting the chaos.

Valuing the power of partnerships, ADL joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and more than 400 organizations in a sign-on letter, urging Congress to pass meaningful police reform legislation. ADL also added its name to a sign-on letter from the Jewish Council of Public Affairs with a number of Jewish groups to express solidarity with the Black community, call for accountability and reform among law enforcement and commit to ending systemic racism.

ADL also launched #JusticeShabbat as a means of inviting people across faiths and cultures to spend Friday night, or any time over the weekend, as part of a virtual community, to to share awareness of, reflect on and grapple with the protests motivated by George Floyd’s murder, the systemic racism in America, and how to secure a more just and inclusive society.

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For further discussion and continued learning, ADL has published a number of curricula, lesson plans and education resources on racism, violence, inequity and the criminal justice system.

Additional resources, to be continually updated:

Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests | Isaac Chotiner (The New Yorker

Congressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations Calls for an End to Systemic Racism in America 

How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion | Peggy McIntosh (TED Talk) 

How to stop the pandemic of hatred | Van Jones and David Kamenetzky (CNN) 

In America, Black deaths are not a flaw in the system. They are the system. | Derrick Johnson (The Guardian

The Path to Ending Systemic Racism in the US  | Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Rashad Robinson, Dr. Bernice King, Anthony D. Romero (Ted Talk)

What we in the Black community need from Jews right now | Anthony Johnson (Forward

Why Racial Justice is a Jewish Issue | April Baskin (URJ)  

Resources for Families 

Books Matter | ADL 

Teaching about Racism, Violence, Inequity and the Criminal Justice System | ADL 

Talking About Race | Smithsonian / National Museum of African American History & Culture