Civil Rights Campaign Targets Facebook Ads; SCOTUS Upholds Federal Law Protecting LGBTQ Workers; Hezbollah School Textbooks Promote Antisemitism and Terrorism

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June 19, 2020


ADL convened a coalition of civil rights groups encouraging corporate advertisers to pull spending from Facebook during the month of July to protest the company’s failure to make its platform a less-hostile place. The Supreme Court ruled that federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers from discrimination. School textbooks used in institutions controlled by the terror group Hezbollah are teaching children “egregious incitement to anti-Semitism and support for terrorism.”

Read on for more on these headlines, news you can use to fight hate and the latest info about ADL from around the country.

1) Civil Rights Groups Launch #StopHateForProfit Campaign Targeting Facebook Advertising

“The campaign comes after years of private discussions between these groups and Facebook, which the activists say have amounted to little change in the way the social-media giant enforces its policies around hate speech and misinformation. The groups took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday urging advertisers to pull their spending on Facebook for July.” The Wall Street Journal: READ MORE

+ What is “Stop Hate for Profit”?

+ Press Release: ADL, NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Common Sense, Free Press and Color of Change Call for Global Corporations to Pause Advertising on Facebook to Stop Hate Online

+ WATCH: ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on CNBC’s Squawk Box

2) Supreme Court Says Federal Law Protects LGBTQ Workers from Discrimination

“The landmark ruling will extend protections to millions of workers nationwide and is a defeat for the Trump administration, which argued that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that bars discrimination based on sex did not extend to claims of gender identity and sexual orientation.” CNN: FULL STORY

+ ADL tweet: “Major Supreme Court win for the #LGBTQ+ community today in securing employment rights under Title VII…”

+ SEE: ADL amicus brief for Bostock v. Georgia

3) Hezbollah School Books Teach Antisemitism, Terror Support

“The ADL said it had decided to examine the textbooks given Hezbollah’s growing influence in Lebanon and control over the government. The organization obtained two 6th grade school textbooks published by Mustafa Generation Publishing House and used by Hezbollah-controlled schools.” The Times of Israel: FULL STORY

+ ADL Resource: Teaching Antisemitism and Terrorism in Hezbollah Schools