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Session 1: Saturday June 29th, 10:00am - 12:00pm
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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is regarded as the most prominent civil rights organization in the United States. Yet its actions—both throughout history and in the present—belie a commitment to civil rights and human rights. Instead the ADL has collaborated with police and the FBI in attacks against suspected communists, civil rights activists, human rights activists, environmentalists, animal-rights activists, antifa, and those it denounces as "Jewish radicals." The ADL has also sided with the US establishment against revolutionary forces in Latin America and apartheid-era South Africa. More recently it has supported the Trump administration's actions against Iran and against Palestinians. From its attacks against the Black Panthers to its support for the PATRIOT Act, from spying on anti-apartheid activists to helping the FBI spy on Arab Americans, to its denunciation of the Movement for Black Lives, the ADL has engaged in a concerted effort to divide communities of color. Now a movement is growing to resist the ADL's tactics and to reclaim the true pursuit for civil rights from the organization that seeks to co-op it.


Theo has worked as a case manager, paralegal, and interpreter supporting LGBTQ and HIV-positive individuals applying for immigration relief in NY and NJ. He has also provided research and interpreting to organizers in NY and in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan working on campaigns related to LGBTQ rights and...

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Andom Ghebreghiorgis is a special education teacher who has taught in the Bronx, Washington Heights, and Ramallah.