ADL and BBYO Join Movement to Build Intergroup Connections and Understanding

Written by Kol HaBirah Staff on . Posted in Community News

A diverse coalition of corporations, media outlets, nonprofits, and youth movements — including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the non-denominational Jewish youth group BBYO — announced this week they are mobilizing “to speak out against hate by fostering conversations of understanding” with an inaugural national day of action on Oct. 1, 2018.

 The Oneday Against Hate alliance offers a set of toolkits on its website (https://weareoneday.org/) to help individuals, houses of worship, workplaces, schools, youth groups, and community organizations facilitate what it calls “conversations of understanding — personal interactions that help us understand each other’s different life experiences and build bridges to deeper, more human connections.”

“Anyone can be a part of Oneday Against Hate, and getting involved is simple and rewarding,” said a spokesperson for Oneday. “Just go to our website to pledge to take part, start a conversation of understanding, and tell us what you learned on social media with the hashtag #WeAreOneday.” These posts will be aggregated on a live map of the U.S. on the organization’s website.

In addition to the ADL and BBYO, the Oneday Against Hate alliance currently includes the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Univision, Communications Inc. (UCI); PwC; Human Rights Campaign (HRC); UnidosUS; and The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL) — and the intent is to keep growing. All groups in the alliance plan to mobilize their constituents, employees, and colleagues to engage in discussions about differing personal backgrounds and life experiences.

Some organizations are holding employee and constituent trainings, encouraging dialogue on intra-office messaging systems, and creating public service announcements encouraging others to participate. Oneday Against Hate aims to motivate people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in online and offline exchanges.

“The pioneering Oneday Against Hate conversations, which at times may be hard and even painful, will light the way to creating a more just, inclusive, and open-minded world,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADL’s CEO and national director. “Organizations across the country are standing up to show that understanding is stronger than prejudice.”

“Through BBYO, teens practice ways to support one another and stand together despite differences. Oneday Against Hate’s message of engaging in conversations about understanding as part of our everyday lives is a message we can all learn from and take forward in building stronger communities around the world,” said Debbie Shemony, vice president of marketing and communications, BBYO.

The public is encouraged to post about their discussions with the hashtag #WeAreOneday, and to visit weareoneday.org to join the national conversation and download digital toolkits — for use in the lead-up to Oct. 1 and on the day itself — which include starter questions, graphics, and sample social media posts.