Each year, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) diligently tracks incidents of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, and assault in the United States. Since 1979, this data has been published in the form of an annual "Audit of Antisemitic Incidents." In 2022, the report revealed a troubling 12% increase in incidents targeting Jewish institutions, including schools, community centers, and synagogues. Synagogues, in particular, were the most affected, experiencing half of all incidents against Jewish institutions.
ADL's mission, rooted in its founding in 1913, is straightforward yet profound: "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all." This mission underscores the organization's dedication to fighting all forms of antisemitism and bias. Leveraging innovation and strategic partnerships, ADL stands as a global leader in combatting antisemitism, countering extremism, and confronting bigotry wherever it rears its head.
So, how does ADL's work align with the broader global goals? The answer lies in the interconnection between the organization's objectives and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions). By fighting antisemitism, countering extremism, and protecting civil rights, ADL contributes to building more just and inclusive societies, in harmony with the broader global goals of peace and justice.
In practical terms, ADL employs various methods to fulfill its mission. The "Hate on Display™ Hate Symbols Database" is a notable tool that provides insights into symbols frequently used by hate groups. This resource aids in tracking, understanding, and addressing the symbols and slogans that promote hatred, contributing to the fight against extremism.
ADL collaborates in partnership with schools, organizations, and communities to design and deliver anti-bias education, both online and in person. This proactive approach empowers individuals to challenge bias, discrimination, and hate. By fostering a collective capacity to address these issues, ADL actively contributes to promoting equity and inclusion within society.
In 2022, the organisation made a significant impact:
58,000+ students, educators, administrators, and staff in K-12 schools actively participated in our anti-bias programs. This engagement is a testament to the effectiveness and relevance of ADL's educational initiatives.
Over 5.5 million K-12 students were reached through anti-bullying, anti-bias, antisemitism, and Holocaust education programs. They received tools and knowledge to take action against bias and bullying in their schools, communities, and online. This outreach demonstrates the substantial scale of ADL's efforts in educating and empowering the next generation.
Additionally, more than 5,000 individuals and organizations collaborated with ADL, reflecting the wide-ranging impact and partnerships that the organization has cultivated as it continues to drive progress and create a more inclusive society.
"Center for Technology & Society" is a crucial component in ending the proliferation of antisemitism and hate online. The center collaborates with industry, civil society, government, and targeted communities to expose harms, hold tech companies accountable, and advocate for just and equitable online spaces.
Furthermore, the "Center for Antisemitism Research" advances the global field of antisemitism research. By seeking answers to the core questions underlying the understanding, prevention, and reduction of antisemitism, this center plays a pivotal role. Through innovative initiatives and signature projects, it identifies effective strategies in the fight against hatred.
In the global society that strives for common global goals, organizations like ADL demonstrate the power of dedicated civil society action. They actively contribute to fulfilling the SDGs and work towards creating a more inclusive, just, and peaceful world. ADL's ongoing commitment showcases the immense progress achievable when global society unites to drive positive change.
More information: www.adl.org
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