US Conference of Mayors forms compact with Anti-Defamation League to ‘combat hate’ – Washington Times

Posted By on August 18, 2017

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League announced a partnership to combat hate in wake of the violent protests in Virginia last weekend.

Were announcing a partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, The Mayors Compact, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO and national director of ADL, said on a conference call with reporters. Through this partnership we hope mayors will be able to take advantage of our expertise at the ADL.

The compact was inspired after the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend resulted in the deaths of three people. White supremacists clashed with protesters in the city over the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Mr. Greenblatt said that the ADL is in the business of hate and that the group tracks hate groups throughout the country. Through the partnership, the ADL will provide mayors with access to their database and training educators and law enforcement.

This Mayors Compact as 10 components, Steve Adler, mayor of Austin, Texas, said. Its denouncing all acts of hate wherever they occur, whether its Charlottesville or Barcelona.

Mr. Adler said the 10 components include investigating domestic terrorism, supporting targeted communities and celebrating diversity.

We all have to speak with absolute moral clarity on this issue, and so we need to be clear in this country that this is a time of choosing, Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans and current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

More than 200 mayors have joined the compact including those fromNew York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, D.C., Houston, Dallas, Baltimore and Atlanta.

Mayors declined to say whether they would call for all Confederate monuments to be taken down, instead referring to those in each community to make that decision for themselves.

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