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Wed Nov 20, 2019, 09:39 AM

ADL Announces Support for IFA's Lawsuit Against Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and Hate Groups ...

ADL Announces Support for IFA’s Lawsuit Against Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, and Hate Groups Responsible for Charlottesville Violence

ADL partnering with non-profit Integrity First for America in its pathbreaking litigation against organizers of 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ violence

New York, NY, November 19, 2019 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today announced a partnership with Integrity First for America to support that organization’s ongoing lawsuit against the organizers of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Integrity First for America (IFA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending democratic principles and ensuring equal rights, is backing Sines v. Kessler — the landmark federal lawsuit against the two dozen individuals and affiliated hate groups that allegedly orchestrated the violent neo-Nazi and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in August 2017, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer and extensive injuries. The suit was filed on behalf of a diverse coalition of 11 Charlottesville community members who were injured; it alleges that the violence was meticulously planned for months in advance, including on social media platform Discord. Trial is expected in Charlottesville in Fall 2020.

“Charlottesville was a wake-up call not just to the Jewish community and not just to minority communities, but to all of America,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We must use every tool we have to stamp out these forces of hate and send a clear message that America will not tolerate the anti-Semitic and racist bigotry and violence these groups supported in Charlottesville and preach every day.”

“Charlottesville was a flashpoint — but it was by no means an isolated incident, as we’ve seen from Pittsburgh to Poway to El Paso and beyond,” said IFA Executive Director Amy Spitalnick. “We’re honored to have the ADL’s support and look forward to continuing to draw from its decades of expertise in tracking and fighting anti-Semitism and hate. Partnerships like these are critical as we work toward trial in Charlottesville next year and bring these violent bigots to justice.”

Read the full press release at https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/adl-announces-support-for-ifas-lawsuit-against-neo-nazis-white-supremacists-and

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