AMPLIFY NO PLACE FOR HATE® IN OUR SCHOOLS!
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has a two pronged mission:
"To stop the defamation of the Jewish people and secure justice and fair treatment for all"
ADL Austin accomplishes this mission with a multi-faceted approach. One of the most prominent programs being the No Place for Hate® Initiative in OVER 350 schools, impacting 250,000 students annually!
No Place for Hate®
No Place for Hate had a tremendous year in Austin and Central Texas. The 2016-2017 school year came to a close with 323 schools designated as No Place for Hate. Over 350 schools have applied to participate in the 2017-2018 school year!
No Place for Hate® Youth Summit
The No Place for Hate Youth Summit will took place on January 31st with over 500 students and 130 educators from 68 middle schools across Central Texas. Participants learned the dangers of bigotry, how to recognize bullying on their campuses, tools to confront the bullying behavior and how to be an ally. They are charged with taking their knowledge back to their campuses and empowering their peers to be allies!
Holocaust Survivor Max Glauben at the Blanton Museum of Art
On November 8th, ADL Austin hosted No Place for Hate® coalitions from 16 Austin area high schools at the Blanton Museum of Art. Over 270 high school students heard from Holocaust survivor, Max Glauben, followed by a gallery experience that included programming from the the Blanton/ADL partnership, Doing Social Justice and ADL's A World of Difference Ally Empowerment programming.
Law Enforcement And Society (LEAS)
On December 4th, 45 members from 4 different Central Texas law enforcement entities traveled to Houston to attend ADL's Law Enforcement and Society training at the Holocaust Museum Houston. LEAS is an innovative training that increases law enforcement's understanding of their role as protectors of the American people and the Constitution. Participants examined the history of the Holocaust and its implications for law enforcement officers today, focusing on the core values of American law enforcement and its role as protector of the Constitution and individual rights.
ADL Responds to Flyering at Central Texas Universities
ADL Austin has worked with several Central Texas universities to support their response to recent white supremacist flyering on campus. White supremacists are currently engaged in an unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses. ADL has cataloged 104 incidents of white supremacist flyering on college campuses since the school year began in September 2016, with a surge of activity since January 2017, when 63 of the total incidents (61 percent) occurred.
Austin group wins First Ever ADL Game Jam
ADL's Center for Technology and Society held its inaugural game jam on October 21-22nd in partnership with The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment. During the game jam, creators were asked to build games that explored how to speak out against hate and bias in society with the goal of developing games that can help change attitudes and reduce bias among youth. Individuals participated from seven countries on four continents. The Austin Team was named the winner for their game "Ali Tale"!
Impact StatementThe NO PLACE FOR HATE® initiative is ADL Austin's premier education program providing educators and students with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum. It helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual differences while challenging bigotry and prejudice.
Launched in 12 Austin schools in the fall of 2004, the popular initiative has grown to over 350 campuses throughout the Central Texas region for the 2017-2018 school year. It IMPACTS OVER 250,000 STUDENTS ACROSS 22 SCHOOL DISTRICTS ANNUALLY. Austin ISD is the largest No Place for Hate district in the nation, with all 123 schools participating in No Place for Hate annually.
Needs StatementADL Austin is committed to ensuring Austin is a community that strives for justice and fair treatment for all. We ask you to join us as we AMPLIFY NO PLACE FOR HATE IN OUR SCHOOLS!
Your support will make it possible for ADL Austin to:
-Fight hate in our local communities and make Austin an inclusive, safe place for all
-Provide support to over 350 schools that apply for No Place for Hate annually
-Customize No Place for Hate banners for all campuses that receive the designation
-Equip schools with current events curricula
-Supply anti-bias training for over 130 educators and 500 students at the No Place for Hate Youth Summit
- Lynne Stein, ADL Austin Education Co-Chair
"Many people today feel that anti-Semitism, bullying, discrimination, and racial hatred are a thing of the past and that our governments and society have taken care of protecting people from these inequities. Sadly this is not so. That is why ADL is so relevant and needed today in our quest for a just and fair society that treats ALL of its peoples without hate and prejudice. 100 plus years should have been enough.... But sadly it is not! Proud to be a very small part of ADL."
- Ray Benson, ADL Austin Board Member
"We are called to be an advocate for a compassionate, just and fair society, not just by our words but by our actions."
- Geronimo Rodriguez, ADL Austin Board Member and AISD Trustee
I marvel at the deep roots that ADL has in Austin. ADL's mission is so unifying and galvanizing - and it touches every segment of our community.
- Gary Zausmer, ADL Austin Former Regional Board Chair
What Are Central Texas Students and Educators Saying About the No Place For Hate and the Youth Summit?
-"You cannot judge someone until you know their filters."
-"I think having No Place for Hate on campus has increased awareness around the issue of bullying. Students are less afraid to call each other out on hateful interactions. I've heard things like, "Hey, this is No Place for Hate," after a student witnesses another doing something mean."
-"I learned that there is a pyramid of hate and the small things lead to the big things."
-"Be an ally to the people you care about, and it's very important to respect people no matter what they look like, believe in or act like."
-"I feel that students are more likely to stop and think before they make choices that might have a negative impact on others."
-"I feel that the even our Kindergarten students understand the difference between kindness and being unkind and are able to articulate this to others."