Since receiving his MA in political science from American University in 1995, Fred Turner has enjoyed a long political career in Washington, DC. Having worked as legislative assistant to Congressman Alcee Hastings and legislative director for Congresswoman Karen McCarthy, he is now chief of staff to Senator Bob Menendez. Fred Turner began his career as a graduate legislative fellow with the Anti-Defamation League.
What Is the Anti-Defamation League?
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is a civil rights organization that was founded in 1913 to fight anti-Semitism. Now, the ADL works to fight all forms of prejudice and bigotry and has become known for its civil rights initiatives. The ADL seeks to provide information, legislation, and advocacy for victimized populations.
What Initiatives Top the ADL’s Agenda?
Today, the ADL is focused broadly on combating hate. To that end, it continues to work globally to challenge leaders to fight anti-Semitism and violence. The ADL also monitors and catalogues hate and extremist groups and the crimes they commit. In 1981, the ADL drafted model legislation imposing harsh penalties on perpetrators of hate crimes. Similar legislation has since been enacted in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The ADL also educates the public on First Amendment and religious rights, provides anti-bias education to schools, and develops bullying and cyberbullying workshops and resources for youth and educators.
How Can I Support the ADL?
The ADL conducts its work through a system of 27 regional and local offices in the United States and one office in Israel, and those interested can get involved at the local level. The ADL also encourages the public to take action by sending letters to representatives on ADL issues, subscribing to the ADL’s newsletter to stay apprised of current efforts, or making a donation.