Our next story focuses on the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), founded in 1913 on Jewish values that inform their work, how they operate and the changes they seek in the world. It has always meant stopping anti-Semitism and defending the Jewish people. But today, it also means fighting threats to our very democracy, including cyber-hate, bullying, bias in schools and in the criminal justice system, terrorism, hate crimes, coercion of religious minorities, and contempt for anyone who is different.
What does peace mean to ADL?
Their values guide the strategy and tactics of all of their programs and activities globally, nationally, and locally. Many of the core values reflect what peace means to their organization, specifically:
- They embrace the power of collaboration, recognizing that working together yields gains that could not always be achieved on their own.
- They believe in the power of inclusion and uniting people from diverse groups—because we are stronger together than when we are apart.
- They value respect in their work and workplace, acknowledging the humanity in others—even as we put forth different views.
How they make a difference.
- ADL has a dual mission. The first part is to expose and combat anti-Semitism. The Anti-Defamation League is the premier organization monitoring, tracking, and responding to anti-Semitism in the United States. Through their network of 26 regional offices, they are able to act quickly when anti-Semitism affects cities, communities, and campuses.
- ADL’s dual mission includes a mandate to secure justice and fair treatment to all. In ADL’s tradition of calling out what divides us and shining a light on what can unite people, they work with diverse communities and with law enforcement to identify hate and then to mobilize people to work vigorously against it.
- Imagine a world characterized by justice and respect for all people. ADL’s values inspire efforts on behalf of all groups who experience discrimination—removing obstacles to voting, securing fair treatment to all—including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) communities and ensuring religious freedom for all.
- ADL has always been a strong voice for Israel. Since its birth in 1948, the Jewish homeland has faced consistent threats and challenges to its security and legitimacy from both hostile neighbors and from anti-Israel voices across the international community. ADL remains an unwavering supporter of Israel, advocating for a secure and stable democratic Jewish state. They educate and inform about the important security, diplomatic, and societal issues confronting Israel.
- ADL leads the way in creating respectful, inclusive, and civil environments. These goals also reflect ADL’s core values—values promoted in every community they reach.
Ways you can help ADL make a difference
When you choose to take action, you bring about the change you believe in. You have an important voice. Taking action makes your voice stronger and more effective in confronting hate and anti-Semitism. Here are 10 things you can do to encourage peace:
- Sign the ADL Petition: Call on President Trump to Disavow White Supremacy
- Text ACTION to 51555 to receive ADL Action Alerts
- Review our Hate Symbols Database and report a hate crime or bias-related incident in your area
- Engage in respectful dialogue to build understanding among people with different views.
- Share our educational resources with educators and administrators at your school
- Urge Congress to help improve federal data on hate crimes by supporting the NO HATE Act (S. 662/HR 1566)
- Attend Never Is Now! ADL’s Summit on anti-Semitism and help innovate against hate
- Get involved with ADL in your region
- Empower young people in the aftermath of hate
- Donate to enable ADL to build a better, safer, and more just world for all.