Bridging the Trust Gap: Strengthening Police-Community Relationships
We have seen an increase in public concern about the gap in trust between law enforcement and communities in America. Both police and communities have felt as though they’ve been under attack, misunderstood, and denied a voice. Hear from both law enforcement and community leaders about the challenges and strides being taken to bridge the divide.
Myesha Braden, Director, The Criminal Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Ronald L. Davis, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services; Former Executive Director, President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
Terrence M. Cunningham, Deputy Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Moderator: David C. Friedman, Vice President, Law Enforcement and Community Security, ADL
Challenges to Church-State Separation: Resisting Efforts to Redefine Religious Liberty
The First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom was designed as a shield, to protect and safeguard religious liberty. Jews and other religious minorities have thrived in America because of our nation’s unique church-state separation. Today, we face a significant challenge: coordinated efforts to redefine religious freedom as a sword to designed to thwart laws that protect LGBT people and women – and discriminate against religious minorities. This workshop will examine the latest challenges to protecting religious freedom in America – and what we and our coalition partners are doing to address this threat.
Rachel Laser, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Amanda Tyler, Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty
Johnathan Smith, Legal Director, Muslim Advocates
Moderator: David Barkey, Southeastern & National Religious Freedom Counsel, ADL
When Hate is the Story: Covering Extremism
This panel will take a look at the obstacles faced by journalists who report on the day-to-day activities of extremists. It will examine the dangers these journalists face in shining a spotlight on this underbelly of society, as well as allow them to share their experiences on the beat of exposing hate. Oren Segal, Director for the Center on Extremism, will moderate the panel – featuring two veteran reporters of the extremist beat.
Caitlin Dickson, Senior Reporter, Yahoo News
Michael Edison Hayden, Reporter, Newsweek
Moderator: Oren Segal, Director, Center on Extremism, ADL
Shifting Alliances in the Middle East
The panel will examine the dynamics driving strategic changes in the region, including the Syrian conflict, the Saudi-Iran rivalry, the growing operational and political cooperation between Israel, Jordan and Egypt, as well as the Gulf states and Israel. The panel will also consider opportunities and challenges for US Middle East policy.
Natan Sachs, Director, Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution
Mira Kogen Resnick, Senior Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Alireza Nader, Consultant for Iranian Affairs, ADL
David Weinberg, Washington Representative for International Affairs, ADL
Moderator: Susan Heller Pinto, Associate Director, International Affairs, ADL; Director, Middle Eastern Affairs, ADL
The Face of Modern Anti-Semitism
We will discuss current manifestations of anti-Semitism around the world including in the political sphere, Jewish security and challenges to Jewish ritual observance.
Ira Forman, Former U.S. Special Envoy to the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism; Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow, Center for Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University
Nuno Wahnon Martins, Director of European Affairs, European Jewish Congress
Moderator: Andrew Srulevitch, Assistant Director, International Affairs and European Affairs, ADL
Best Practices for Combatting White Supremacy and Hate Crimes at the Federal, State and Local Levels
The facts are daunting: a 57% increase in anti-Semitic incidents reported to ADL offices, including in schools and on campuses; a 19% increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes reported to the FBI, disproportionately-high violence directed against LGBT community members – and, in Charlottesville last summer, Tiki torches illuminating the largest white supremacist rally in more than a decade. Experts in this workshop will discuss the nature and magnitude of hate and violent bigotry in America, with a clear focus on practical, effective policy and programmatic responses, including the US Conference of Mayor-ADL Mayors Compact.
Cynthia Deitle, Program and Operations Director, Matthew Shepard Foundation; Former Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Rue Landau, Executive Director, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations Fair Housing Commission
Moderator: Michael Lieberman, Washington Counsel, ADL
Being Muslim in America in 2018: Challenges and Opportunities
A wide-ranging discussion with rising Muslim leaders about their personal experiences as Muslims in the United States today. Panelists will discuss how they each address challenging times through different means including civil rights activism, media and interfaith entrepreneurship, as well as, what new opportunities lay ahead.
Ruwan Al-Rejoleh, Independent political consultant
Rabia Chaudry, Author, New York Times best-selling book, Adnan's Story
Moderator: Doron Ezickson, Regional Director, Washington DC Region, ADL
Addressing Anti-Semitism With Progressive Voices, in Progressive Spaces
In this session Jewish Leaders will discuss strategies used to respond to anti-Semitism and concerns of the Jewish community in progressive spaces while remaining committed to social justice movements, highlighting the importance of being in relationship with leaders who come from different communities.
Stosh Cotler, CEO, Bend the Arc
Jacob Feinspan, Executive Director, Jews United For Justice
Sophie Ellman-Golan, Deputy Director of Communications and Outreach, Women’s March; Co-creator, Confront White Womanhood workshop
Moderator: Michele Freed, Associate Director, National Young Leadership, ADL