Safeguarding the Right to Vote This National Voter Registration Day

September 22— National Voter Registration Day — is a nonpartisan civic holiday that celebrates the cornerstone of our democracy, the vote, by creating broad awareness of voter registration opportunities.  In addition to providing information about voter registration and other resources, the day is an appropriate occasion to underscore that the success of the American democratic experiment relies, at its core, on the rule

ADL says senator’s tweet linking Kim Gardner to Soros evokes anti-Semitism. Does it?

NOTE:  ADL Heartland did not accuse Senator Onder of antisemitism. Our concern was with the inclusion of George Soros in the Senator’s tweet, noted below. What we said highlights whether “subtly or not” [the appearance of Mr. Soros as his name appeared in the tweet] opens a gateway to the pervasive anti-Semitic subculture that blames Jews for the riots or

ADL Troubled by OMB Memorandum on Critical Race Theory Trainings

New York, NY, September 11, 2020 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) expressed grave concern over the recent announcement from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) addressed to the heads of all Executive Branch Departments and Agencies. The announcement said the Trump administration intends to end all trainings related to critical race theory or white privilege for federal agency

September Book of the Month: Your Name Is A Song

Bullying Awareness & Prevention/People, Identity & Culture AUTHOR: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow ILLUSTRATOR: Luisa Uribe AGE GROUP: 5-10 Frustrated by a day full of teachers and classmates mispronouncing her beautiful name, a little girl tells her mother she never wants to come back to school. In response, the girl’s mother teaches her about the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx and Middle Eastern names

ADL, Education, Race and Advocacy: What are we sharing now?

Heartland Region, September 2020 Work continues to develop and reconvene the Missouri Roundtable on Bias-Based Policing which we originally started in 2011. The effort will look at police accountability, licensing, training and continuing education. We are responding to a variety of regional schools interested in establishing a virtual No Place For Hate® project. For information on how your school can

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Safeguarding the Right to Vote This National Voter Registration Day

September 22— National Voter Registration Day — is a nonpartisan civic holiday that celebrates the cornerstone of our democracy, the vote, by creating broad awareness of voter registration opportunities.  In addition to providing information about voter registration and other resources, the day is an appropriate occasion to underscore that the success of the American democratic experiment relies, at its core, on the rule

ADL says senator’s tweet linking Kim Gardner to Soros evokes anti-Semitism. Does it?

NOTE:  ADL Heartland did not accuse Senator Onder of antisemitism. Our concern was with the inclusion of George Soros in the Senator’s tweet, noted below. What we said highlights whether “subtly or not” [the appearance of Mr. Soros as his name appeared in the tweet] opens a gateway to the pervasive anti-Semitic subculture that blames Jews for the riots or

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Lead with Empathy, Teach with Anti-Bias

By Scotland Nash Now more than ever, we need to build the capacity for empathy and compassion with our students and school communities. The health crisis of COVID-19 highlighted again the racial disparities across the country. The racial violence embodied in the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and George Floyd re-ignited our understanding of the systemic racism that

Removing Confederate Monuments Needs Work Beyond the Photo-Op

By: Jeremy Hodess Following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, millions have protested to demand reform. These protests have renewed interest in removing Confederate statues and flags from public lands. Both the monuments and the flag are powerful symbols of oppression. Remember that most of these monuments were erected in the Jim Crow era, with a

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Quarterly meeting: US Attorneys Hate Crimes Task Force

The Task Force has been a regional response to hate crimes and bias incidents since 1997. More than 90 representatives of organizations and agencies engaged in the work of decreasing racism, bias, bigotry and discrimination and promoting diversity and inclusion meet to discuss incidents, share concerns, create responses. The original goal of the hate crimes initiative was to make St.

WORDS TO ACTION: Virtual and Engaging

ADL Heartland invites you to participate in youth and community learning, Virtual Words to Action. We seek to empower members of the Jewish community who may intentionally avoid difficult conversations about Israel, antisemitism, anti-Zionism, and how these events often blur. At the close, you will have tools to navigate sometimes tense dialogues and address emotional responses to Israel and how