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Southwest Region Takes Backspace Hate™ Initiative to Texas Legislature

Now that the Texas Legislature’s session is in full swing, so are ADL’s Texas offices, working to fight online hate through the agency’s Backspace Hate™ initiative. The initiative supports victims and targets of online hate and harassment by raising awareness and working to pass legislation to better hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. In particular, ADL is working with legislators

Southwest Region Voting Rights Webinar Features Election Analysis

The Southwest Region partnered with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) February 1 to present “Voting Rights in Texas: Part II,” the second part of a series featuring Dr. Bob Stein, Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice University, Faculty Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Fellow in Urban Politics at the Baker Institute for

2021 Walter Kase Educator Excellence Award Recipients Chosen

A superintendent, a coordinator of counseling and an assistant director for a school district’s transportation department will receive ADL’s 2021 Walter Kase Educator Excellence Award this year. The three men  are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to create an atmosphere in their school communities that rejects prejudice and promotes respect and diversity. Dr. Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Fort Bend

Mark Trachtenberg Becomes Southwest Regional Chair

Mark R. Trachtenberg became chair of ADL’s Southwest Regional Board January 1. A partner at Haynes and Boone, LLP, Mark has been a longtime, outstanding member of ADL’s board serving as chair of its Civil Rights Committee, Vice Chair of its board, and author of several amicus briefs filed by ADL on issues important to the agency. Mark told ADL’s

Letter from ADL Southwest Regional Director Mark B. Toubin and ADL Southwest Regional Board Chair Mark R. Trachtenberg on the Attack on the U.S. Capitol

In its 107-year history, ADL has confronted the worst of human inclinations. We have done so knowing that our efforts are backstopped by America’s longstanding (albeit imperfect) democratic institutions. Yesterday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol caused some to question the soundness of such reliance. The riotous intrusion was caused by disinformation and incitement campaigns, surging extremist activity, and a willingness