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ADL Expands Outreach in Westchester County; Introduces Various Education Initiatives to Combat Hate

  • November 4, 2014

New York, NY, November 3, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has announced an expansion of its presence in Westchester County, New York with the formation of a local advisory committee and the expansion of its renowned educational programs and initiatives.

On October 21, ADL hosted an event at the Metropolis Country Club in White Plains to introduce the launch of the League’s new committee, which will be chaired by Chappaqua resident Lawrence Bahr, with the goal of expanding outreach across the county.

The roster of speakers included Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, and Reginald Richardson, Principal of New Rochelle High School, who described how ADL’s “No Place For Hate®” program is helping with combatting bullying. Two students recounted their personal experiences of being intimidated, and determined to ensure that no other students would have to experience the pain of bullying again.

“The fight against discrimination and bigotry must begin at an early age which is why we need educational programs, such as No Place for Hate in our schools,” said Assemblywoman Paulin. “I have written to each of my superintendents to encourage them to join with other school districts who are participating in the program. Programs such as No Place for Hate will assist schools to better understand the enemy within and help them meet the requirements of The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) passed in 2013 by the New York State Legislature.”

“No Place For Hate” is an initiative designed to create inclusive communities and empower students, faculty, administrations and family members to challenge all forms of bigotry, bias and bullying while equipping institutions with long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate. Institutions are then recognized as “No Place For Hate” after following through on several guidelines.

“Unfortunately, New York State is not immune to bigotry, prejudice, anti-Semitism and consistent bullying in schools,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL New York Regional Director. “We have witnessed first-hand the incredible passion which students from across the state have for the program as well as how it served as part of the solution in many instances, so it made perfect sense to introduce more of our educational initiatives in Westchester with the goal of making a direct impact on the environment in the classroom.”

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