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Never Is Now Opening Session

Join us as we kick off ADL’s 2021 Never Is Now Summit on Antisemitism and Hate hosted by ABC’s “Nightline” Co-Anchor, Juju Chang. Vice President Kamala Harris will commence our opening session followed by an exciting lineup including an address from Israel Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, a conversation with acclaimed New York Times’ journalists, Sheera Frenkel and Kara Swisher about Facebook and the spread of online hate and disinformation across social media, followed by a discussion about surging AAPI hate and antisemitism between ADL CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt and Actor, Daniel Dae Kim. We will conclude the evening with the presentation of ADL’s Courage Against Hate Award to L’Oréal Chairman, Jean-Paul Agon. Check back often to learn more about this session and additional speaker announcements.

Unity in the Face of Antisemitism: Jewish Leaders on How to Fight Hate

The Jewish community represents incredible diversity, constituencies, beliefs, geography, and points of view. They are not a monolith – in the United States Jews belong to many branches of Judaism including the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, and Chabad Lubavitch movements. Many in the Jewish community also do not affiliate with any denomination. Antisemitic incidents have many manifestations, but their impact can be felt by the entire Jewish community. Come hear from community leaders representing the various religious movements on how antisemitism is affecting their communities and how they are finding common ground and working together to take action.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism to Fight Antisemitism 

The fights against anti-Black racism and antisemitism are closely linked, especially given the growing diversity of the Jewish community. Anti-black racism is not just a societal issue, but an issue in our synagogues, schools and Jewish Institutions. Without addressing the impact of racism on Jews of color, we cannot move forward in the fight against antisemitism and all forms of hate. This panel will explore how critical it is to fight anti-Black racism in order to build a stronger and more effective movement across communities to dismantle antisemitism. 

The Story the Numbers Tell (or Don’t) About Hate Crimes 

We rely on data about hate crimes to illustrate the magnitude of this challenge and to help shape our response. Yet, hate crimes – where a person is targeted because of immutable, protected characteristics – against Jewish, Black, Latinx, AAPI, Muslim, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities are vastly underreported. This panel of civil rights advocates, community leaders, and legal experts will explore the significant barriers to reporting that victims face; approaches that might enable individuals and communities to share information in a meaningful way; and how these perspectives should inform our strategy going forward. CLE Credit available for this panel. 

How Disinformation Campaigns Fuel Antisemitism and Extremism

The global pandemic, a contentious election cycle and the rise of QAnon have led to a proliferation of conspiracy theories and disinformation campaigns that threaten to sow civil unrest, incite violence, stoke antisemitism and even undermine our democracy. This session will help to foster an understanding of the dangerous and deadly impact of conspiracies and disinformation on our national landscape, and what can be done to stop them before they spiral out of control.

Click. Like. Share. Why Regulating Social Media Platforms is So Difficult

How do social media platforms decide what content to take down and what to leave up? Can you successfully sue a social media platform? In this workshop, we will discuss what is and is not legal on social media and how lawmakers are considering regulating Big Tech. Attendees will learn about algorithmic amplification, the need for platform transparency, and current legislative proposals. If you want to know more about what social media platforms and policymakers can do to curb hate, antisemitism and discrimination without infringing on First Amendment rights, this session is for you. CLE Credit available for this panel. 

Combating Anti-Zionist and Antisemitic Activism in Progressive Spaces

More and more, anti-Israel and anti-Zionist rhetoric is invoked by progressive voices. Jewish activists are regularly excluded from certain social justice communities and even attacked because of their connection to Israel and Zionism. The impact of the Israel/Hamas conflict earlier this year dramatically worsened this problem. Panelists at this session will examine real life examples of anti-Zionist activism. They will provide insights into how to differentiate between expressions and actions that are critical of Israel, and those that create environments where antisemitism is tolerated and even emboldened.

Game Over? How Online Hate is Infiltrating New Platforms

Online hate and harassment have spread beyond social media into new spaces such as the world of online gaming as the popularity of these platforms has exploded during the pandemic. Whether you are part of the online gaming community or not, odds are that you know someone or have family members that socialize through online games similar to how they use social media. As with traditional social media platforms, these interactive spaces can be home to extremist, antisemitic and other bigoted rhetoric: as many as 83% of adults and 60% of young people have experienced hate and harassment through online gaming communities. People are spending more and more time in these spaces where extremists have been known to target people, especially young people and marginalized communities around the world. Join this panel of experts to learn how hate in online gaming is impacting more than 94 million people in the U.S. and how to have conversations with young people about staying safe online.

How Marginalized Communities Can Advocate Together

You can’t fight antisemitism without fighting other forms of hate. To ensure all communities are safe, we must work alongside our allies and leverage each other’s unique experiences to effectively advocate for change. Join this panel of community leaders and changemakers to learn about just some of the ways you can make your voice heard. This will include the National Urban League’s work to engage young leaders in advocacy and voting rights, The Asian American Foundation’s support of new initiatives to measure hate and promote education as an antidote to bigotry and the Mexican Foreign Ministry’s work to ensure community members have language accessible resources and a safe place to report hate crimes. Speak up and make an impact with these allies in the fight against hate.

Confronting Antisemitism on Campus: A How-To Guide

Jewish college students are experiencing antisemitism on campus and on social media with alarming frequency. In fact, Hillel International reported a 34% uptick in reported antisemitic incidents during the 2020-2021 school year, even while many classes were virtual. This panel will explore how to identify and respond to incidents when they occur; the roles students, parents, educators and university administrators can play; and how the full campus community can unite in fostering safer learning environments for young people. Join Hillel International and ADL to hear directly from college students and educators involved on the front lines. 

Presented by Hillel International

Never Is Now Closing Session

Join us for another exciting lineup of speakers and panels as we wrap up ADL’s 2021 Never Is Now Summit on Antisemitism and Hate. We will open with a special conversation between our host, Juju Chang and the Executive Director for Integrity First for America, Amy Spitalnick live from Charlottesville. ADL CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt will give ADL’s annual State of Hate remarks and award-winning actress, producer, and CEO Tracee Ellis Ross and writer, activist, and comedian, Baratunde Thurston will join us for a spotlight conversation to share eye-opening insights into identity and how to uplift our country through connections — both personal and between communities — in this time of surging antisemitism and uneven progress on addressing widespread racial and gender injustices.  ADL will honor WNBA icon, Sue Bird, with their inaugural Changemaker Award followed by Rabbi David Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in LA and one of the most influential rabbis in the United States, who will discuss the importance of “Never Again” alongside the surge in modern antisemitism. Check back often for updates on additional world-renowned speakers and timely topics.