One year ago, ADL launched Backspace Hate, an initiative supporting victims and targets of online hate and harassment by raising awareness and passing legislation to better hold perpetrators accountable for their harmful actions online. We’re energized by the progress we’ve made but know there is a lot more to do.
President Trump directs “blatantly racist” tweets at four Democratic Congresswomen of color, telling them to “go back” to where they came from. Argentina marks the solemn 25th anniversary of the bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 and wounded 300. White supremacists in Massachusetts have launched a coordinated fliering campaign, targeting area synagogues with propaganda labeling the Holocaust “fake news.”
Suicide bombers, possibly motivated by ISIS, attack churches and tourist attractions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people; lawmakers in Alabama compare abortion to the Holocaust in proposed legislation; and the leader of a New Mexico militia movement is arrested on gun charges after ‘detaining’ migrants on the Southern border. Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate this week, and the latest info about ADL from around the country.
Mya and Deanna Cook, 15, were both excellent students, but they had been kicked off school sports teams, banished from prom, and sentenced to hours of detention for refusing to change their hair. When these twin sisters were punished by their Boston-area high school for wearing braided hair extensions, ADL helped them change their school’s controversial hair and makeup policies, which unfairly targeted students of color.
At ADL’s Center for Technology and Society we know that video games can be a meaningful force for good in society. Games can be incredible tools in helping to challenge bias and create respectful and inclusive communities. So, in partnership with the biggest game hackathon organization in the world we recently hosted our second annual ADL Game Jam. Over two weekends, in eight sites across the US, 100 participants created 25 games.
On Rosh Hashanah, we take time to pause to reflect on the year that has passed, and what we hope for in the year ahead. We celebrate the New Year as an opportunity to press the “reset” button, with hopes that the coming year will bring a brighter future for our people, and for the world we share together with everyone.