Press Release

ADL and National Urban League to Partner on New Hub for Countering Domestic Extremism and Political Violence

ADL, National Urban League and The Joyce Foundation

Joyce Foundation Grant will help kickstart Project CODE

Washington, DC, June 13, 2022 -- ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) and the National Urban League today announced a new partnership bringing together two venerable civil rights organizations in service of fighting the dire and deadly threats of domestic extremism and political violence. 

Through a new grant awarded by the Joyce Foundation, the organizations will launch Project CODE (Collaborative Organizations to End Domestic Extremism). ADL and the National Urban League will work in tandem to create collaborative space for civil society organizations to connect and address political violence. 

The Project will create new convenings, partnerships, and policy initiatives; source better data collection and facilitate intelligence-sharing about new and emerging threats; collectively brainstorm rapid response and mobilization options; and leverage partner relationships to ensure actionable intelligence reaches those with the best capacity to use it effectively.

This grant is part of the Joyce Foundation’s new effort to find synergies between its Democracy and Gun Violence Prevention and Justice Reform programs and an important step in institutional funding to meet the growing threat of extremism, especially as we approach increasingly contentious election cycles.

“ADL is honored to partner with the National Urban League in this critical work to fight against violent extremism, and we’re grateful that the Joyce Foundation has recognized the importance of this work,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. “Hate-filled extremism poses a violent threat to vulnerable communities, as we’ve seen through the violence in Charleston, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and so many more. I look forward to collaborating with my friend Marc Morial and creating space to meet this deadly threat.”

Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League added: “Our nation is reeling from the growing threat of domestic extremism and hate that is both violent and traumatic. This is a time for collective action and understanding to help protect communities who are at risk and to ensure a peaceful future for our children. Through this grant from the Joyce Foundation, the National Urban League and Anti-Defamation League are proud to serve as conveners for change in this area. Unfortunately, in both past and present, the constituencies that each of our organizations serve have faced the real-world consequences of hate, violence, and extremism. This partnership represents a call for unity and justice from Buffalo to Charleston and from California to Orlando and to eradicate the threat of violent extremism.”

Ellen Alberding, President of the Joyce Foundation said “As a foundation based in the Midwest, we have seen first-hand the rising threat posed by political violence – from threats against public officials to armed political extremists storming the Michigan statehouse to the recent shocking murder of a retired Wisconsin judge. This escalating level of extremism is not sustainable for our democracy or the safety of our communities.  We are proud to support the ADL and the National Urban League in launching Project CODE, which will create a vital coordinating hub for countering domestic extremism and combating the threat of political violence.”

The January 6 attack on our Capitol continues to reverberate, and as we approach another divisive election cycle, the right to vote and to free and fair elections is in peril.  There is urgency to this work, and the ADL and the National Urban League are grateful to the Joyce Foundation for helping us to meet this moment.

About ADL
ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

About National Urban League
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. The National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its 90 local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of more than 2 million people annually nationwide. For more information, please visit www.nul.org.

About the Joyce Foundation
The Joyce Foundation is a nonpartisan, private foundation that invests in the future of the Great Lakes region by supporting policies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation. We support policy research, development and advocacy in areas that have a significant impact on quality of life: Education & Economic Mobility, Environment, Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform, Democracy, and Culture. Based in Chicago, Joyce focuses its grant making in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. We also collaborate with funders and other partners to explore promising policy solutions in other states or at the federal level. For further information, please visit www.JoyceFdn.org.