Overcoming Extremism


In August 2017, the events in Charlottesville shook the nation. Over a year later, we are still examining what happened and why, and — most importantly — how to prevent it from happening again.

In the immediate aftermath of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, ADL and the U.S. Conference of Mayors launched The Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate, Extremism and Bigotry in order to promote the fundamental principles of justice and equality that define America.

Today, ADL and its diverse set of partners are expanding on the commitment of The Mayors’ Compact by bringing together community leaders and organizations to overcome extremism by advancing community respect and healing.

Communities Overcoming Extremism

Nationally, there has been a dramatic rise in extremism, intolerance and political violence.

Communities Overcoming Extremism

Community-based problem solving is a key mechanism for fighting hate across the country.

Communitites Overcoming Extremism

Bringing together mayors, prosecutors, law enforcement, faith leaders, school officials, legislators, nonprofit leaders and the business sector.

Communities Overcoming Extremism

Increasing our national resilience against challenges like those presented in Charlottesville.





Winter 2018, Launch

Podcast channel
Public and private sector leaders discuss tactics and ideas on advancing tolerance and reconciliation while fighting against extremism.

Fall 2018

Summit: The Public Sector’s Role
Public sector leaders will gather at Washington University in St. Louis to share ideas on reconciling the First and Second Amendments and public safety; on the role of public schools and policing against extremism; on building alliances and using the bully pulpit, on “otherization” of immigrant communities; and on extremism in the context of American democracy and history.

Spring 2019

Summit: The Private Sector’s Role

Private sector leaders will gather in the Bay Area of California to learn about de-platforming hate organizations by social media and payment companies; anti-hate campaigns initiated at the board room level; and how the private and public sectors can collaborate on initiatives to combat extremism and promote reconciliation.

Summer 2019

Policy Report

A report outlining lessons learned about how the nation can best address extremism, intolerance and political violence.

Advisory Board

  • Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant Professor and Chair of the Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
  • Sharif Azami, Fetzer Institute 
  • The Hon. Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC
  • The Hon. Andy Berke, Mayor, Chattanooga, TN
  • Leslie Greene Bowman, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
  • Susan Bro, President, Heather Heyer Foundation
  • Meryl Chertoff, The Aspen Institute, Justice & Society Program
  • Joshua Dubois, President and CEO, Values Partnerships
  • The Hon. Dr. Alvin Edwards, former Mayor and Pastor, First African Zion Baptist Church, Charlottesville
  • The Hon. Jorge Elorza, Mayor, Providence, RI
  • The Hon. Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville, KY
  • Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and National Director, Anti-Defamation League 
  • Wade Henderson, former President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • A.E. Dick Howard, White Burkett Miller Professor, University of Virginia School of Law 
  • John Inazu, Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science, Washington University 
  • Sarah Kenny, former Student Council President, University of Virginia
  • Khizr Khan, Esq., Gold Star Parent
  • Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary and CEO, The Phi Bate Kappa Society, Distinguished Lecturer in Law, Georgetown Law Center
  • Mary B. McCord, Senior Litigator and Visiting Professor of Law, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center
  • Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National Immigration Forum
  • The Hon. LF Payne, former Congressman and former Chair, McGuire Woods Consulting, LLC 
  • Sarah Ruger, Director, Free Expression, Charles Koch Institute 
  • The Hon. Mike Signer, Chair, Mayor of Charlottesville, 2016-2018 
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, President & CEO, New America
  • Peter Wehner, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center and New York Times columnist