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September 05, 2013 - Image 44

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-09-05

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The story of ADL's 100 years is
of the American Jewish community

Imagine a world

where you are frequently scapegoated. Often the butt of dehumanizing jokes.
Restricted from buying a home in certain communities, attending certain schools and working in certain
industries. Sometimes threatened and attacked.

And the reason is because others see you as different. This was America in 1913 when the Anti-
Defamation League was founded. While the nation was a land of freedom and opportunity, Jews, blacks,
women and immigrants were not treated as equal citizens, did not feel respected and were even afraid
to speak out for themselves.

ADL invites you to imagine a world without hate and help us build it. Our goal for the next 100 years is
no less than this: to secure justice and fair treatment for all.


Slurs and discrimination used to permeate American culture.

Now that behavior isn't acceptable.

That's due in no small part to ADL, because we fought for decades to change
how the media depicts different groups, how the law protects them and
what schools teach about the importance of respecting everyone.
Our education programs have now reached 58 million people nationwide
with this message.

Yet our work is not finished. Bigots today have new targets and new ways
to communicate. To fight bigotry, ADL has trained more than 58 million
people to respect diversity.

Credit: Cody Duty/Houston Chronicle/AP


At a program organized by ADL, a high school student named

Michelle told a group of students how being demeaned, threatened physically
and ostracized during middle school nearly destroyed her.

Bullying used to mean getting beaten up by someone more powerful. Now
it is often verbal cruelty amplified by technology.

Our interactive education programs teach empathy for targets as well as
effective responses and prevention to millions of students, educators, parents,
legislators, members of law enforcement and communities.

We've led the fight against bullying with a holistic approach that includes both
legislation and education, locally and nationally.

Credit: Frances M. Roberts

ADL Michigan

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