Our democracy is under threat. Deliberate barriers to voting undermine free and fair elections. Extremism continues to be mainstreamed and normalized in the wake of the January 6, 2021 insurrection. Extremist threats target not only election workers and administrators, but public health and school officials, judges, journalists and law enforcement officers. Immigration issues and refugee rights are being weaponized for hate-filled partisan warfare. Hate and conspiracy theories spread virally on social media around the globe. Against this backdrop, antisemitic incidents and other acts of bias have escalated.
Experts in democracy and political violence warn that our nation is moving toward a flawed “hybrid democracy,” pushed by authoritarian pressures and fueled by hyper-polarization and incendiary ethnonationalist divides. For Jews and other minorities and marginalized communities, this poses a particular danger.
Prevent the Mainstreaming of Extremism
Hateful and violent extremism has always existed. Now it’s mainstreamed and normalized at an alarming pace, due in large part to the dismayingly large numbers of elected officials and other high-profile influencers who traffic in conspiracies and hate. ADL is forming coalitions across faiths, political divides and regions to track, disclose and combat political violence.
The Supreme Court has gutted voting rights protections that for decades were supported by Republicans and Democrats alike. ADL is collaborating with organizations and engaging in active litigation to stomp out the embers of hate that threaten our democracy and voting rights.
Jan. 6, 2021 Insurrection
The political violence perpetrated at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was both shocking and sadly predictable. Today, the extremist, conspiratorial beliefs that animated the attack continue to infect every aspect of our society. ADL continues to speak out and take action — join us in this fight.
Federal Lawsuit: Jan. 6, 2021 Attack on the U.S.
ADL serves as co-counsel in a federal lawsuit brought by the District of Columbia to hold the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers accountable for their role in the January 6, 2021 attack.