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Outdoors: Join the ‘winter anti-defamation league’ – Albany Times Union

A child takes a ride on Napa Kiikku at Lapland Lake Nordic Center in Northville. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

A child takes a ride on Napa Kiikku at Lapland Lake Nordic Center in Northville. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

Little Wren makes a point to Gillian Scott, likely about cookies, while snowshoeing in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

Little Wren makes a point to Gillian Scott, likely about cookies, while snowshoeing in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

Mike tracks in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

Mike tracks in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

Mike tracks enter a stream at the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

Mike tracks enter a stream at the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union)

Outdoors: Join the ‘winter anti-defamation league’

My wife, Gillian, and 7-year-old foster daughter, Little Wren, ate pieces of warm zucchini bread as the first flakes came. I sipped coffee and watched through our big kitchen window as the snow fell faster.

Sunday, the day of rest, enforced by winter. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a storm like that, with the building anticipation that feels like an event, a spontaneous nature-created holiday. We stocked up on soup, hot chocolate and movies for a day of hibernation, but Gillian, still able to save her soul, made it to church.

The Sunday before the storm, the three of us skied in Northville. Little Wren was caught up in the children’s program at Lapland Lake, so for a while I skied alone through silent woods. I returned to find her and the other kids on a Napa Kiikku, the Finnish phrase for a sled attached to a long wooden pole that slides kids across a small icy pond at surprisingly high speed. The year was 2017, but if it weren’t for their clothing, just looking at them sliding around on the ice, it could have been 1917 or 1817.

On cold, winter days when I was Little Wren’s age, I remember my grandfather getting weather reports from our relatives in different towns. On days it was below zero, he would compare the temperature of our little Catskill Mountain town with their temperatures. On snowy days, he would compare snowfall totals. He was disappointed if someone else had colder temperatures or more snow. This is where I come from.

A quarter of our calendar is winter, a quarter of our lives. Too much of our time to wish away.

I won’t try to sell winter, because I know not many would buy. We tend to forget the cold, clear, star-filled nights and the snow-covered trees. But we remember the frozen windshields and cold feet.

Hollywood doesn’t help. Happy life is California sunshine, and screenwriters only reach for our weather to illustrate desperation: The white walkers of “Game of Thrones” or Leonardo DiCaprio in the cold, Canadian wilderness in “The Revenant.” Most of the scenes in “Fargo,” all of the scenes in “Affliction” … the list goes on.

There’s no joy in snowville.

The frozen tide might be turning, however, going by the pogie index. (Pogies are those handwarmers you attach to your bike handlebars to keep your hands warm in the cold.) Fat-tire bikes, originally spawned in Alaska, are becoming more popular.

Gear is on our side, too. Winter clothing, skis, boots and snowshoes are all lighter, better and cheaper than ever.

Gillian, Little Wren and I have joined the cause and formed our own little “winter anti-defamation league”. Before last weekend’s snow, we enlisted Gillian’s father for a snowshoe through Schenectady County’s Plotterkill Preserve.

I’ve climbed the 46 highest Adirondack peaks in winter, but keeping a 7-year-old moving might be a bigger challenge. I consider mentioning Sisu, a Finnish word that roughly translates as a combination of courage, perseverance and fighting spirit. Instead, we just made promises about cookies.

The Plotterkill snow told stories. Footprints showed where a mink had jumped from the cold, fast water of the stream into the snow without the benefit of a towel or hair dryer. A fox climbed under a pile of downed logs. Some snowshoers tried to climb a bank that was too steep and fell down, sliding on their behinds like oversized otters.

We moved together through the forest, three generations of winter anti-defamation leaguers. The trees were draped with snow, the air cold and fresh as only winter air can be. The year was 2017, but except for our clothes, it could have been 1917 or 1817.

Back at home the next day, we built competing snow forts in the backyard. Gillian escaped for a peaceful ski on the unplowed streets while Little Wren and I heaved fluffy snowballs at each other from behind the snow walls.

The winter anti-defamation league reconvened back in the kitchen. We sipped hot chocolate and looked out the same kitchen window as winter continued decorating the landscape on the other side of the glass. We accepted this quarter of our lives for what it was; snowpants, Sorrell boots and wet gloves drying on the chair. We didn’t wish for anything else.

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Anti-Defamation League Honors New Yorker Who Led Fellow Passengers to Scrub Swastikas from Subway Car – PEOPLE.com


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Manhattan sous-chef Jared Nied was honored by the AntiDefamation League on Wednesday for leading a group of New Yorkers in removing anti-Semitic graffiti on a subway car. Nied boarded an uptown subway on Feb. 4 when he noticed swastikas drawn …
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The Anti-Defamation League Has Responded to Trump’s ‘Troubling’ Comments on Anti-Semitism – Mediaite

During a joint press conference withIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuearlier today,Donald Trump responded to a question about rising anti-Semitism through his campaign and under his administration by talking about how he won the election. Yeah, once again, he responded to a question by bragging about his Electoral College votes from three months ago.

Obviously, his maneuvering of the topic from a rise in religiously-motivated hatred and attacks to his own successes set off a firestorm on cable news and Twitter. Now, the Anti-Defamation League, which has been working to counter the rise in hate directed at Jews and other minorities in recent months, has released a statement.

Following a string of tweets praising Trump for strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel and pointing out the importance of the two-state solution, they said this:

The incident is reminiscent of the White Houses refusal to acknowledge Jews during the presidents speech to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day a few weeks ago.

Further, this is not the first time the ADL has had to publicly express displeasure with the way Trump references or, in this case, doesnt reference Jewish people.

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ADL to honor commuter who cleaned anti-Semitic subway graffiti – Arutz Sheva

The New York commuter who led several others on a Manhattan subway to clean away anti-Semitic graffiti with hand sanitizer is being honored by the Anti-Defamation League.

Jared Nied, 37, will receive ADLs Stand Up New Yorker Award, which recognizes city residents for taking immediate action to help those being singled out for bigotry, or initiating efforts to denounce hate. Evan Bernstein, director of the ADL New York region, will present Nied with the award on Wednesday.

Nied’s actions went viral after one of the commuters described the scene from the night of Feb. 4 on Facebook.

The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do, Gregory Locke wrote in his post. One guy got up and said, Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol. He found some tissues and got to work.

Nied, who works as a sous chef in New York, also posted about the incident on Facebook that night.

“Sitting across from this … stay classy, New York,” read the post, which included a photo of some of the graffiti. It read “Destroy Israel Heil Hitler” and included a swastika.

The post continued: “VERY IMPORTANT EDIT – hand sanitizer and tissues will totally erase sharpie graffiti. Share and spread the word!”

The following day Nied posted: “Bewildered, confused and pleasantly shocked doesn’t even begin to describe this … never in a million years did I think anybody would record my moment, let alone that it would explode like this. I’m honestly not sure what to say other than that I was just doing the right thing, the thing that needed to be done.”

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NY commuter who led cleanup of anti-Semitic subway graffiti to … – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

(JTA) The New York commuter who led several others on a Manhattan subway to clean away anti-Semitic graffiti with hand sanitizer is beinghonored by the Anti-Defamation League.

Jared Nied, 37, will receive ADLs Stand Up New Yorker Award, which recognizes city residents for taking immediate action to help those being singled out for bigotry, or initiating efforts to denounce hate. Evan Bernstein, director of the ADL New York region, will present Nied with the award on Wednesday.

Nieds actions went viral after one of the commuters described the scene from the night of Feb. 4 on Facebook.

The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do, Gregory Locke wrote in his post. One guy got up and said, Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol. He found some tissues and got to work.

Nied, who works as a sous chef in New York, also posted about the incident on Facebook that night.

Sitting across from this stay classy, New York, read the post, which included a photo of some of the graffiti. It read Destroy Israel Heil Hitler and included a swastika.

The post continued: VERY IMPORTANT EDIT hand sanitizer and tissues will totally erase sharpie graffiti. Share and spread the word!

The following day Niedposted: Bewildered, confused and pleasantly shocked doesnt even begin to describe this never in a million years did I think anybody would record my moment, let alone that it would explode like this. Im honestly not sure what to say other than that I was just doing the right thing, the thing that needed to be done.

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Va. ACLU opposes bill to protect businesses that deny service to same sex couples – WRIC

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) The Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Community Relations Council and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, along with the ACLU of Virginia, are trying to block a religious protection bill from passing. HB2025 would protect faith leaders from punishment if they deny services to same-sex couples.

This would allow any religious based organization to discriminate on someone based on the moral or religious belief that same-sex marriage is wrong, said Bill Farrar with Virginias ACLU. That is clearly unconstitutional and discrimination; you cant deny a service to someone just because of that.

The bill passed the House of Delegates last week and is headed for the Senate. Some activists interpret the bill to include church-operated schools or hospitals, allowing them to cut off hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples, or to deny school enrollment for children of same-sex parents.

According to the letter, the bill would sanction discrimination against LGBT Virginiansincluding by government contractors, grantees in performing publicly funded services and in places of public accommodation, and interfere with their fundamental right to marry. Freedom of religion is a core American value.

Those in support of the legislation say its a matter of following deeply held religious beliefs.

This bill ensures religious charities can continue their services and not be punished by the government because their faith happens to teach a definition of marriage that differs from the governments, said Chris Freund, a spokesman for the Family Foundation. What they dont want is to be forced to violate their conscience.

The bill is set to be heard Monday, during the senate Committee on General Laws and Technology.

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Anti-Defamation League welcomes Pope’s condemnation of anti-Semitism – Catholic Culture

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February 10, 2017

Following a February 9 audience with Pope Francis, the Anti-Defamation League welcomed the Popes denunciation of anti-Semitism.

We know you understand and share our concern about the resurgence of anti-Semitism, especially in Europe, said Jonathan Greenblatt, the organizations CEO.

We share your concern about the horrendous persecution of ethnic and cultural minorities, many of them Christians, he added. Indeed, we are troubled that the world seems not to pay enough attention to this tragic situation.

Greenblatt also praised the Pope for his advocacy on behalf of refugees.

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Anti-Defamation League Reports Striking Uptick in "Hate-Related Incidents" in Houston – Houston Press

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Swastikas spray-painted on fences and signs in Sienna Plantation. Students saluting Adolf Hitler during Cypress-Ranch High School’s senior class picture day. Racist and anti-Semitic fliers distributed at universities and in neighborhoods across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. All of that happened in just one week, leading the Anti-Defamation League’s Houston branch to issue a statement Friday about the uptick since the start of the year.

According to ADL’s Southwest Regional Director Dayan Gross, the Southwest Region usually sees 30 to 40 hate-related incidents per year. So far, the ADL has counted 25 since the start of the year.

There has been a disturbing uptick in the number of apparent hate incidents since the Presidential election, Gross said in a statement. We are working hard to respond to these incidents, and we hope they are not part of a growing trend.”

Gross told the Houston Press via email that the ADL tracks the incidents as they are reported in news media or when they receive tips and investigate the incidents on their own accord. “Generally if hate symbols, signs or language are involved, these incidents are classified as hateful incidents,” he said of the ADL’s criteria.

While the ADL doesn’t speculate about the cause of such a drastic increase, Gross said the perpetrators used Trump signage or identified themselves as Trump supporters.

Last week, the Press talked to the group behind the distribution of white nationalist flyers at Rice University, called American Vanguard, whose Texas leader told us that Trump was helping their cause, no matter how he may try to distance himself from white supremacist groups. The fliers, which the ADL cited in its release, encouraged people to defend the white race, which American Vanguard believes is undergoing a slow and steady genocide (let us clarify for the record: “Genocide” is their word, not ours). The recruitment fliers said things like “We have a right to exist” and “Defending your people is a social duty.” Others at Texas universities appeared Trump-inspired:”What Made America Great? Blood and soil. Keep it that way, join the Vanguard.”

“Trump is a representation of white America whether he likes it or whether he knows it or not,” said the leader of American Vanguard’s Texas chapter, who said it’s the Vanguard’s policy to always be anonymous for safety purposes. “I think what he’s doing is… uh… he’s kind of defending it. Not explicitly, but he’s doing things that are helpful for it.”

In a Sienna Plantation neighborhood in Fort Bend County, multiple homeowners found swastikas spray-painted on their fences and garages. One homeowner found a Trump-Pence campaign sign, with a swastika painted over it, tacked onto his fence as well. As KTRK reported, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

That same week, a seemingly large group of students at Cypress-Ranch High School reportedly yelled “Heil Hitler!” and “Heil Trump” during a senior photo, throwing up the Nazi salute. One student emailed photos to KPRC, telling the news station that it appeared that roughly 70 students participated. Cy-Ranch administrators said those students would be disciplined, and addressed the student body and parents in lengthy statements.

“This inappropriate gesture is symbol of a horrible time in the world, in which countless human atrocities occurred,” Principal Bob Hull said in a statement, which you can view in full here.”This gesture invokes strong emotion and symbolizes hate that crosses all genders, races and cultural lines. …I am disheartened that this group are members of our senior class.”

Gross said that ADL has offered assistance to law enforcement, educators and victims in the areas where these hate-related incidents occurred, offering educational materials or training wherever needed.

“We continue to do what we always have done, which is to educate against the dangers of hatred and promote diversity and respect. Our staff has stepped up efforts to prevent and to respond acts of hate and will continue to do so as needed.”

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ADL files amicus brief supporting challenge to Trump’s immigration order – The Times of Israel

WASHINGTON The Anti-Defamation League filed an amicus brief in federal court Monday supporting the state of Washingtons challenge to President Donald Trumps highly controversial immigration order.

When America has closed its doors and allowed its core values to be compromised, the country later looked back in shame, said the groups CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in a statement.

On Friday evening, a federal judge issued a nationwide restraining order against the ban, which suspended US entry for people from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days and froze the entire US refugee program for 120 days.

It also blocked Syrians from entering the country indefinitely.

The ruling by US District Judge James Robart was harshly criticized by the president, who referred to him in a tweet as a so-called judge and suggested the blame would fall on his shoulders if a terrorist attack ensued that cost American lives.

Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril, Trump posted on Sunday afternoon. If something happens blame him and the court system. People pouring in. Bad!

US President Donald Trump speaks following a visit to the US Central Command and Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base on February 6, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN)

Trump administration officials have further said they plan to challenge the ruling vigorously, and on Monday evening, the Justice Department urged a federal court to reinstate the ban.

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is expected to rule at some point this week on the matter, before it is likely go to the Supreme Court in the months ahead.

The ADLs amicus brief a legal document filed by non-litigants in appellate cases who have a stated interest in the ruling pointed to the history of Jewish refugees being denied entry onto Americas shores, including the denial of passengers of the MS St. Louis, a German ship filled with 937 Jewish refugees, who were denied entry into the United States in 1939.

At other times, when prejudice and fear predominate over reason and compassion, we falter, often with devastating consequences, as set forth below in connection with the St. Louis tragedy, the brief said.

The ADL, a Jewish civil rights organization that monitors and combats anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry around the globe, also cited the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II following the attacks on Pearl Harbor

The document closes by saying the current travel ban risks once again sacrificing the nations core values in favor of prejudice and fear a sacrifice that history has repeatedly proven has profound consequences both to the persons who suffer as a result and to the still-vibrant vision of the shining city on the hill.

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Outdoors: Join the ‘winter anti-defamation league’ – Albany Times Union

A child takes a ride on Napa Kiikku at Lapland Lake Nordic Center in Northville. (Herb Terns / Times Union) A child takes a ride on Napa Kiikku at Lapland Lake Nordic Center in Northville. (Herb Terns / Times Union) Little Wren makes a point to Gillian Scott, likely about cookies, while snowshoeing in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union) Little Wren makes a point to Gillian Scott, likely about cookies, while snowshoeing in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union) Mike tracks in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union) Mike tracks in the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union) Mike tracks enter a stream at the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union) Mike tracks enter a stream at the Plotterkill Preserve. (Herb Terns / Times Union) Outdoors: Join the ‘winter anti-defamation league’ My wife, Gillian, and 7-year-old foster daughter, Little Wren, ate pieces of warm zucchini bread as the first flakes came. I sipped coffee and watched through our big kitchen window as the snow fell faster. Sunday, the day of rest, enforced by winter. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a storm like that, with the building anticipation that feels like an event, a spontaneous nature-created holiday. We stocked up on soup, hot chocolate and movies for a day of hibernation, but Gillian, still able to save her soul, made it to church. The Sunday before the storm, the three of us skied in Northville. Little Wren was caught up in the children’s program at Lapland Lake, so for a while I skied alone through silent woods. I returned to find her and the other kids on a Napa Kiikku, the Finnish phrase for a sled attached to a long wooden pole that slides kids across a small icy pond at surprisingly high speed. The year was 2017, but if it weren’t for their clothing, just looking at them sliding around on the ice, it could have been 1917 or 1817. On cold, winter days when I was Little Wren’s age, I remember my grandfather getting weather reports from our relatives in different towns. On days it was below zero, he would compare the temperature of our little Catskill Mountain town with their temperatures. On snowy days, he would compare snowfall totals. He was disappointed if someone else had colder temperatures or more snow. This is where I come from. A quarter of our calendar is winter, a quarter of our lives. Too much of our time to wish away. I won’t try to sell winter, because I know not many would buy. We tend to forget the cold, clear, star-filled nights and the snow-covered trees. But we remember the frozen windshields and cold feet. Hollywood doesn’t help. Happy life is California sunshine, and screenwriters only reach for our weather to illustrate desperation: The white walkers of “Game of Thrones” or Leonardo DiCaprio in the cold, Canadian wilderness in “The Revenant.” Most of the scenes in “Fargo,” all of the scenes in “Affliction” … the list goes on. There’s no joy in snowville. The frozen tide might be turning, however, going by the pogie index. (Pogies are those handwarmers you attach to your bike handlebars to keep your hands warm in the cold.) Fat-tire bikes, originally spawned in Alaska, are becoming more popular. Gear is on our side, too. Winter clothing, skis, boots and snowshoes are all lighter, better and cheaper than ever. Gillian, Little Wren and I have joined the cause and formed our own little “winter anti-defamation league”. Before last weekend’s snow, we enlisted Gillian’s father for a snowshoe through Schenectady County’s Plotterkill Preserve. I’ve climbed the 46 highest Adirondack peaks in winter, but keeping a 7-year-old moving might be a bigger challenge. I consider mentioning Sisu, a Finnish word that roughly translates as a combination of courage, perseverance and fighting spirit. Instead, we just made promises about cookies. The Plotterkill snow told stories. Footprints showed where a mink had jumped from the cold, fast water of the stream into the snow without the benefit of a towel or hair dryer. A fox climbed under a pile of downed logs. Some snowshoers tried to climb a bank that was too steep and fell down, sliding on their behinds like oversized otters. We moved together through the forest, three generations of winter anti-defamation leaguers. The trees were draped with snow, the air cold and fresh as only winter air can be. The year was 2017, but except for our clothes, it could have been 1917 or 1817. Back at home the next day, we built competing snow forts in the backyard. Gillian escaped for a peaceful ski on the unplowed streets while Little Wren and I heaved fluffy snowballs at each other from behind the snow walls. The winter anti-defamation league reconvened back in the kitchen. We sipped hot chocolate and looked out the same kitchen window as winter continued decorating the landscape on the other side of the glass. We accepted this quarter of our lives for what it was; snowpants, Sorrell boots and wet gloves drying on the chair. We didn’t wish for anything else. hterns@timesunion.com

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Anti-Defamation League Honors New Yorker Who Led Fellow Passengers to Scrub Swastikas from Subway Car – PEOPLE.com

PEOPLE.com Anti – Defamation League Honors New Yorker Who Led Fellow Passengers to Scrub Swastikas from Subway Car PEOPLE.com Manhattan sous-chef Jared Nied was honored by the Anti – Defamation League on Wednesday for leading a group of New Yorkers in removing anti-Semitic graffiti on a subway car. Nied boarded an uptown subway on Feb. 4 when he noticed swastikas drawn … NY commuter who led cleanup of anti-Semitic graffiti receives ADL award Jvhri all 2 news articles »

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The Anti-Defamation League Has Responded to Trump’s ‘Troubling’ Comments on Anti-Semitism – Mediaite

During a joint press conference withIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuearlier today,Donald Trump responded to a question about rising anti-Semitism through his campaign and under his administration by talking about how he won the election. Yeah, once again, he responded to a question by bragging about his Electoral College votes from three months ago. Obviously, his maneuvering of the topic from a rise in religiously-motivated hatred and attacks to his own successes set off a firestorm on cable news and Twitter. Now, the Anti-Defamation League, which has been working to counter the rise in hate directed at Jews and other minorities in recent months, has released a statement. Following a string of tweets praising Trump for strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel and pointing out the importance of the two-state solution, they said this: The incident is reminiscent of the White Houses refusal to acknowledge Jews during the presidents speech to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day a few weeks ago. Further, this is not the first time the ADL has had to publicly express displeasure with the way Trump references or, in this case, doesnt reference Jewish people. [image via screengrab] Lindsey: Twitter. Facebook. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

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ADL to honor commuter who cleaned anti-Semitic subway graffiti – Arutz Sheva

The New York commuter who led several others on a Manhattan subway to clean away anti-Semitic graffiti with hand sanitizer is being honored by the Anti-Defamation League. Jared Nied, 37, will receive ADLs Stand Up New Yorker Award, which recognizes city residents for taking immediate action to help those being singled out for bigotry, or initiating efforts to denounce hate. Evan Bernstein, director of the ADL New York region, will present Nied with the award on Wednesday. Nied’s actions went viral after one of the commuters described the scene from the night of Feb. 4 on Facebook. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do, Gregory Locke wrote in his post. One guy got up and said, Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol. He found some tissues and got to work. Nied, who works as a sous chef in New York, also posted about the incident on Facebook that night. “Sitting across from this … stay classy, New York,” read the post, which included a photo of some of the graffiti. It read “Destroy Israel Heil Hitler” and included a swastika. The post continued: “VERY IMPORTANT EDIT – hand sanitizer and tissues will totally erase sharpie graffiti. Share and spread the word!” The following day Nied posted: “Bewildered, confused and pleasantly shocked doesn’t even begin to describe this … never in a million years did I think anybody would record my moment, let alone that it would explode like this. I’m honestly not sure what to say other than that I was just doing the right thing, the thing that needed to be done.”

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(JTA) The New York commuter who led several others on a Manhattan subway to clean away anti-Semitic graffiti with hand sanitizer is beinghonored by the Anti-Defamation League. Jared Nied, 37, will receive ADLs Stand Up New Yorker Award, which recognizes city residents for taking immediate action to help those being singled out for bigotry, or initiating efforts to denounce hate. Evan Bernstein, director of the ADL New York region, will present Nied with the award on Wednesday. Nieds actions went viral after one of the commuters described the scene from the night of Feb. 4 on Facebook. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do, Gregory Locke wrote in his post. One guy got up and said, Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol. He found some tissues and got to work. Nied, who works as a sous chef in New York, also posted about the incident on Facebook that night. Sitting across from this stay classy, New York, read the post, which included a photo of some of the graffiti. It read Destroy Israel Heil Hitler and included a swastika. The post continued: VERY IMPORTANT EDIT hand sanitizer and tissues will totally erase sharpie graffiti. Share and spread the word! The following day Niedposted: Bewildered, confused and pleasantly shocked doesnt even begin to describe this never in a million years did I think anybody would record my moment, let alone that it would explode like this. Im honestly not sure what to say other than that I was just doing the right thing, the thing that needed to be done.

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Va. ACLU opposes bill to protect businesses that deny service to same sex couples – WRIC

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) The Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Community Relations Council and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, along with the ACLU of Virginia, are trying to block a religious protection bill from passing. HB2025 would protect faith leaders from punishment if they deny services to same-sex couples. This would allow any religious based organization to discriminate on someone based on the moral or religious belief that same-sex marriage is wrong, said Bill Farrar with Virginias ACLU. That is clearly unconstitutional and discrimination; you cant deny a service to someone just because of that. The bill passed the House of Delegates last week and is headed for the Senate. Some activists interpret the bill to include church-operated schools or hospitals, allowing them to cut off hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples, or to deny school enrollment for children of same-sex parents. According to the letter, the bill would sanction discrimination against LGBT Virginiansincluding by government contractors, grantees in performing publicly funded services and in places of public accommodation, and interfere with their fundamental right to marry. Freedom of religion is a core American value. Those in support of the legislation say its a matter of following deeply held religious beliefs. This bill ensures religious charities can continue their services and not be punished by the government because their faith happens to teach a definition of marriage that differs from the governments, said Chris Freund, a spokesman for the Family Foundation. What they dont want is to be forced to violate their conscience. The bill is set to be heard Monday, during the senate Committee on General Laws and Technology. Never miss another Facebook post from 8News Find 8News onTwitter,Facebook, andInstagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

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February 11, 2017   Posted in: Anti-Defamation League  Comments Closed

Anti-Defamation League welcomes Pope’s condemnation of anti-Semitism – Catholic Culture

Catholic World News February 10, 2017 Following a February 9 audience with Pope Francis, the Anti-Defamation League welcomed the Popes denunciation of anti-Semitism. We know you understand and share our concern about the resurgence of anti-Semitism, especially in Europe, said Jonathan Greenblatt, the organizations CEO. We share your concern about the horrendous persecution of ethnic and cultural minorities, many of them Christians, he added. Indeed, we are troubled that the world seems not to pay enough attention to this tragic situation. Greenblatt also praised the Pope for his advocacy on behalf of refugees. References: Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in. All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off! There are no comments yet for this item.

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Anti-Defamation League Reports Striking Uptick in "Hate-Related Incidents" in Houston – Houston Press

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6 a.m. Swastikas spray-painted on fences and signs in Sienna Plantation. Students saluting Adolf Hitler during Cypress-Ranch High School’s senior class picture day. Racist and anti-Semitic fliers distributed at universities and in neighborhoods across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. All of that happened in just one week, leading the Anti-Defamation League’s Houston branch to issue a statement Friday about the uptick since the start of the year. According to ADL’s Southwest Regional Director Dayan Gross, the Southwest Region usually sees 30 to 40 hate-related incidents per year. So far, the ADL has counted 25 since the start of the year. There has been a disturbing uptick in the number of apparent hate incidents since the Presidential election, Gross said in a statement. We are working hard to respond to these incidents, and we hope they are not part of a growing trend.” Gross told the Houston Press via email that the ADL tracks the incidents as they are reported in news media or when they receive tips and investigate the incidents on their own accord. “Generally if hate symbols, signs or language are involved, these incidents are classified as hateful incidents,” he said of the ADL’s criteria. While the ADL doesn’t speculate about the cause of such a drastic increase, Gross said the perpetrators used Trump signage or identified themselves as Trump supporters. Last week, the Press talked to the group behind the distribution of white nationalist flyers at Rice University, called American Vanguard, whose Texas leader told us that Trump was helping their cause, no matter how he may try to distance himself from white supremacist groups. The fliers, which the ADL cited in its release, encouraged people to defend the white race, which American Vanguard believes is undergoing a slow and steady genocide (let us clarify for the record: “Genocide” is their word, not ours). The recruitment fliers said things like “We have a right to exist” and “Defending your people is a social duty.” Others at Texas universities appeared Trump-inspired:”What Made America Great? Blood and soil. Keep it that way, join the Vanguard.” “Trump is a representation of white America whether he likes it or whether he knows it or not,” said the leader of American Vanguard’s Texas chapter, who said it’s the Vanguard’s policy to always be anonymous for safety purposes. “I think what he’s doing is… uh… he’s kind of defending it. Not explicitly, but he’s doing things that are helpful for it.” In a Sienna Plantation neighborhood in Fort Bend County, multiple homeowners found swastikas spray-painted on their fences and garages. One homeowner found a Trump-Pence campaign sign, with a swastika painted over it, tacked onto his fence as well. As KTRK reported, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as a hate crime. That same week, a seemingly large group of students at Cypress-Ranch High School reportedly yelled “Heil Hitler!” and “Heil Trump” during a senior photo, throwing up the Nazi salute. One student emailed photos to KPRC, telling the news station that it appeared that roughly 70 students participated. Cy-Ranch administrators said those students would be disciplined, and addressed the student body and parents in lengthy statements. “This inappropriate gesture is symbol of a horrible time in the world, in which countless human atrocities occurred,” Principal Bob Hull said in a statement, which you can view in full here.”This gesture invokes strong emotion and symbolizes hate that crosses all genders, races and cultural lines. …I am disheartened that this group are members of our senior class.” Gross said that ADL has offered assistance to law enforcement, educators and victims in the areas where these hate-related incidents occurred, offering educational materials or training wherever needed. “We continue to do what we always have done, which is to educate against the dangers of hatred and promote diversity and respect. Our staff has stepped up efforts to prevent and to respond acts of hate and will continue to do so as needed.”

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ADL files amicus brief supporting challenge to Trump’s immigration order – The Times of Israel

WASHINGTON The Anti-Defamation League filed an amicus brief in federal court Monday supporting the state of Washingtons challenge to President Donald Trumps highly controversial immigration order. When America has closed its doors and allowed its core values to be compromised, the country later looked back in shame, said the groups CEO Jonathan Greenblatt in a statement. On Friday evening, a federal judge issued a nationwide restraining order against the ban, which suspended US entry for people from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days and froze the entire US refugee program for 120 days. It also blocked Syrians from entering the country indefinitely. The ruling by US District Judge James Robart was harshly criticized by the president, who referred to him in a tweet as a so-called judge and suggested the blame would fall on his shoulders if a terrorist attack ensued that cost American lives. Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril, Trump posted on Sunday afternoon. If something happens blame him and the court system. People pouring in. Bad! US President Donald Trump speaks following a visit to the US Central Command and Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base on February 6, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN) Trump administration officials have further said they plan to challenge the ruling vigorously, and on Monday evening, the Justice Department urged a federal court to reinstate the ban. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is expected to rule at some point this week on the matter, before it is likely go to the Supreme Court in the months ahead. The ADLs amicus brief a legal document filed by non-litigants in appellate cases who have a stated interest in the ruling pointed to the history of Jewish refugees being denied entry onto Americas shores, including the denial of passengers of the MS St. Louis, a German ship filled with 937 Jewish refugees, who were denied entry into the United States in 1939. At other times, when prejudice and fear predominate over reason and compassion, we falter, often with devastating consequences, as set forth below in connection with the St. Louis tragedy, the brief said. The ADL, a Jewish civil rights organization that monitors and combats anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry around the globe, also cited the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II following the attacks on Pearl Harbor The document closes by saying the current travel ban risks once again sacrificing the nations core values in favor of prejudice and fear a sacrifice that history has repeatedly proven has profound consequences both to the persons who suffer as a result and to the still-vibrant vision of the shining city on the hill.

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