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February 4, 2014 0

FBI Hosts ADL Extremism Training for North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office

ADL’s North Texas/Oklahoma Regional Office pro­vided a day-long train­ing on domes­tic extrem­ism to 161 local, state and fed­eral law enforce­ment offi­cers rep­re­sent­ing 40 agen­cies on Jan­u­ary 29. The train­ing was co-sponsored and hosted by the FBI, Dal­las Divi­sion.dallas-fbi-adl-extremism-training

ADL’s Dr. Mark Pit­cav­age and Oren Segal, two of the Direc­tors of ADL’s Cen­ter on Extrem­ism, pre­sented train­ing on the activ­ity, tac­tics and ide­ol­ogy of var­i­ous domes­tic extrem­ists move­ments and groups. Dr. Pit­cav­age focused on anti-government move­ments, includ­ing sov­er­eign cit­i­zens, as well as white suprema­cists. Mr. Segal focused on the rad­i­cal­iza­tion process and crim­i­nal activ­ity asso­ci­ated with home­grown extrem­ists moti­vated by rad­i­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Islam, as well as the role of the Inter­net in the rad­i­cal­iza­tion process.

The FBI Dal­las Divi­sion is proud to part­ner with ADL on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives, includ­ing law enforce­ment train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties,” said Assis­tant Spe­cial Agent in Charge Don­ald Freese. “These con­fer­ences strengthen national secu­rity by train­ing law enforce­ment to iden­tify and pre­vent hate crimes and extrem­ism in our community.”

ADL is grate­ful to the FBI for being strong com­mu­nity part­ners, help­ing to pro­vide such impor­tant train­ings for law enforce­ment through­out our Region,” said ADL North Texas/Oklahoma Com­mu­nity Direc­tor Roberta S. Clark. “In addi­tion to pro­vid­ing crit­i­cally impor­tant train­ing, these oppor­tu­ni­ties allow us to inform law enforce­ment pro­fes­sion­als about the many ways ADL can be of assis­tance to them in areas of hate crimes, hate groups, extrem­ists and terrorists.”

The FBI Cit­i­zens Acad­emy Alumni Asso­ci­a­tion gen­er­ously hosted a Con­ti­nen­tal break­fast for the par­tic­i­pants. The train­ing eval­u­a­tions were over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive and expressed great appre­ci­a­tion to ADL for pro­vid­ing such an impor­tant opportunity.

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March 21, 2013 1

Imagine If They Had Lived

Imag­ine a world where the hate crimes against Mar­tin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank and Matthew Shep­ard did not hap­pen. Now, dur­ing ADL’s Cen­ten­nial Year, fight big­otry and extrem­ism by shar­ing this video and pledg­ing to cre­ate a world with­out hate.

In honor of our Cen­ten­nial in 2013, ADL has launched the “Imag­ine a World With­out Hate™” video and action cam­paign, and we invite you to join in.

Take just 80 sec­onds of your time to watch this pow­er­ful video, which imag­ines a world with­out racism, homo­pho­bia or anti-Semitism — a world in which the hate vio­lence that took the lives of Mar­tin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Matthew Shep­ard and oth­ers did not hap­pen. Imag­ine what these indi­vid­u­als could have con­tin­ued to con­tribute to soci­ety if big­otry, hate and extrem­ism had not cut their lives trag­i­cally short.

After 100 years of fight­ing big­otry and fos­ter­ing respect, we are cel­e­brat­ing our suc­cesses, while at the same time rec­og­niz­ing that we still have a long way to go to achieve the real­ity of a world with­out hate. Explore the Imag­ine Web Page at www.adl.org/imagine to take action as an indi­vid­ual, com­mu­nity, school or cor­po­ra­tion. Tell us what you will do to cre­ate a world with­out hate.

ADL is most grate­ful to the fam­i­lies of those fea­tured in the video, whose com­mit­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion made this cam­paign pos­si­ble, and to the Estate of John Lennon for grant­ing us the rights to use his beau­ti­ful and iconic song.

www.adl.org/imagine

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January 18, 2013 0

White Supremacist American Third Position Party Promoting Gun Appreciation Day

The Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion (A3P), a white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party, is pro­mot­ing Gun Appre­ci­a­tion Day on its web­site. The Jan­u­ary 19 event, spon­sored by a num­ber of pro-gun and Tea Party groups, urges Amer­i­cans to go to their local gun store, gun range or gun show to demon­strate their sup­port of gun own­er­ship and their right to bear arms.

A3P was a co-sponsor of the event but the orga­niz­ers appar­ently removed A3P’s name from the list of spon­sors after Media Mat­ters and other news out­lets revealed the group’s extrem­ist views. In its mis­sion state­ment, A3P states that the group’s goal is “to restore and pre­serve the legit­i­macy of White iden­tity, White her­itage, and expres­sions of White interests.”

The lead­er­ship of A3P includes a num­ber of well-known white suprema­cists and anti-Semites. Chair­man William John­son pro­moted a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to Con­gres­sional mem­bers and state leg­is­la­tures in the 1980s that would have lim­ited U.S. cit­i­zen­ship only to whites of Euro­pean descent and repa­tri­ated var­i­ous groups, includ­ing Jews, to places deemed their coun­try of origin.

Other lead­ers of the A3P include Kevin Mac­Don­ald, an anti-Semitic pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­sity at Long Beach; James Edwards, who runs a white suprema­cist radio show, The Polit­i­cal Cesspool; Don Was­sall, a long-time white suprema­cist whose news­pa­per The Nation­al­ist Times pub­lishes anti-Semitic and racist arti­cles; Vir­ginia Aber­nethy, a white suprema­cist and anti-immigration activist, and Jamie Kelso, a racist and for­mer asso­ciate of ex-Klan leader David Duke.

One of the A3P’s main goals is to appeal to main­stream audi­ences, and it attempts to do so using issues that are of con­cern to the gen­eral pub­lic.  A3P’s attempt to par­tic­i­pate in Gun Appre­ci­a­tion Day is part of this effort. Pre­vi­ously, the party has sought to exploit issues such as immi­gra­tion and gov­ern­ment spend­ing at Tea Party events in dif­fer­ent parts of the country.

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