New York, NY, August 7, 2014 … The League of United Latin American Citizens recently honored Abraham H. Foxman, the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, for his “contributions to the elimination of intolerance, bigotry, prejudice and hatred.” LULAC is the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the U.S.
Mr. Foxman, in accepting the honor during the 85th annual LULAC National Convention, held July 10 in New York City, spoke of the shared experience of the Latino-Hispanic and Jewish communities as immigrants to this country and the importance to working together to overcome the legacy of bigotry, prejudice and discrimination.
“I know, and we the Jewish community know, what it means to be an immigrant, and what it means to be the target of hatred,” Mr. Foxman told delegates at the LULAC Unity Luncheon. “The discrimination, bigotry, hate and violence that is targeting people amid the immigration debate hurts all of us, offends all of us, threatens all of us. Hatred is defeated only when good people stand up and, most importantly, each of us stands up for the other.”
Other dignitaries present at the luncheon included First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Jennifer Lopez.
A Holocaust survivor, Mr. Foxman recalled his journey with his parents from a displaced persons camp in Austria to the United States in 1950 after the war and how his immigration experience became a prime motivation for his nearly 50-year career at ADL.
ADL will continue to be a leader in the fight against extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric, Mr. Foxman said, forging strategic partnerships with leading American Hispanic and Latino organizations such as LULAC and working toward the passage of meaningful immigration reform through legislative advocacy, litigation and public awareness.
Margaret Moran, President of LULAC, said the honor to Mr. Foxman was in recognition of ADL’s efforts to “affect the growth and advancement of the human condition and sincere and unparalleled devotion to the unity and harmony of all people.”
She also cited Mr. Foxman’s personal crusade against anti-Semitism and racism spanning the last 50 years. “Abe Foxman’s contributions to the elimination of intolerance, bigotry, prejudice and hatred are unique treasures that history will acclaim and commemorate,” she said.