In 2016, ADL’s work became more relevant than ever. Our century-old mission took on new urgency and required new energy.
People of all ages and from all regions turned to us this year, alarmed by hate speech coursing through social media, by an increase in anti-Semitic incidents, and by the treatment of immigrants and refugees at our borders.
In this threatening environment, ADL became the center for passionate supporters of civil rights for all and safety from extremists. They knew we would stand up to bomb threats and hate-filled actions directed at Jewish institutions. They knew we would stand up to attempts to smear and delegitimize Israel on campuses, in boardrooms and at the United Nations. They knew we’d stand up for marginalized groups, expose extremism of every kind and teach respect in our schools, just as we’ve done so effectively for more than 100 years.
And ADL responded. On social media, in Congress and at the U.N., among journalists and law enforcement and in schools, we mobilized action against bias, bullying, extremism, terrorism and hate crimes.
We convened a groundbreaking Never is Now Summit to explore the upsurge in anti-Semitism and what actions to take. We equipped students, parents, educators and law enforcement professionals with tools and training to counter bias. And we fought extremism, terrorism and all forms of hate in the real world and in cyberspace.
You, our committed donors, volunteers and leaders, have helped make all of this possible because you understand both the urgency and the need. I am very grateful to you and extremely privileged to serve as ADL’s national chair.
Now more than ever, ADL is a major force for democracy in our country and the world.
Marvin D. Nathan