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How Should We Talk With Young People About Charlottesville?

Adults and children alike are grappling to make sense of current events. Discussions of racism, anti-Semitism and social injustice have become increasingly contentious as images of white supremacists carrying torches and chanting hateful rhetoric in Charlottesville fill our social media feeds and television screens. Children are attuned to these conversations and disturbing images of violence, hate and incivility, and are

A note from our allies in the Catholic community

Intro note:  The ADL, with colleagues from the Jewish Community Relations Council and the American Jewish Committee, regularly meet and dialogue with the staff of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the St. Louis Archdiocese.  The message below, for which we are truly grateful, was received March 31, 2017. Dear Friends, It was 525 years ago today that

The Power of Symbols

Today, I woke up to two images on my facebook newsfeed of anti-Semitic graffiti. The first was on the gravestone of a family with the last name of, “Gladstein,” and a prominent Star of David below. Spray- painted over the family’s name and the star were the words, “F***ing Jews.” A few hours later, both of my Rabbis had posted an

The Future of Fighting Hate — St. Louis teens become advocates for social justice

‘A Life-Changing Experience’ Turns Teens Into Advocates For Social Justice. January 22, 2016 The death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, hit Rhoda Kahn Nussbaum hard. “I felt very defeated,” said the ADL St. Louis resident and longtime civil rights advocate. “I saw progress in civil rights either plateauing or slipping.” Ms. Nussbaum felt she needed to do something to jump-start the

Understanding Mizzou and Ourselves

By Jonathan Green­blatt CEO of the Anti-Defamation League This blog orig­i­nally appeared on Medium Recent events at the Uni­ver­sity of Mis­souri have prompted seri­ous intro­spec­tion. With the deep hurt and rage caused by the death of an unarmed black 18-year old, Michael Brown, serv­ing as the back­drop to per­sis­tent man­i­fes­ta­tions of racism on Missouri’s flag­ship cam­pus, young peo­ple of color and their allies are