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.
After an outcry from ADL, the Women’s March voted to remove a board member with a long history of deeply offensive and anti-Semitic statements. ADL sent two senior leaders to Capitol Hill this week to testify in front of Congress about the global threat of white supremacy and the proliferation of hate online. Police in Colorado investigate a Snapchat image picturing high school students with violent, anti-Semitic caption.
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.
It’s crucial for leaders to condemn anti-Semitism and we appreciate the President’s firm denunciation of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and the murderous Pittsburgh attack in his State of the Union Address. The president has taken strong first steps in speaking out against anti-Semitism, and now we look to him to take action to combat this age-old hatred.
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.