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ADL Joins with Miss America 2003 Erika Harold in Her Campaign to Break The Cycle of Youth Violence

New York, NY, September 25, 2002 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today joined with Miss America 2003, Erika Harold in her "Empowering Youth Against Violence: 'Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself'" campaign to break the cycle of youth violence. In a meeting hosted by ADL, the League joined with other governmental and non-governmental agency representatives to discuss collaborative efforts with Ms. Harold.

Caryl M. Stern, ADL Associate National Director, issued the following statement:

We commend Miss America 2003 Erika Harold for her commitment to the vital issue of preventing youth
violence and her efforts to reach out to agencies such as ADL with expertise in educating against hate and violence. We are proud of the public/private partnership Ms. Harold convened to work on this important issue.

We are extremely concerned with youth violence, especially violence perpetrated by hate -- racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and other prejudices. Our groundbreaking book, Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice-A Guide for Adults and Children, addresses the issues of bullying and hate violence. ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute anti-bias programs educate youth about the consequences of hate and promote respect and understanding. Cities across America have joined with ADL to announce themselves as "No Place For Hate."

A firm believer in public/private partnerships, ADL and Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest bookseller, created Close the Book on Hate, an annual campaign to break the cycle of hate through reading. In Partners Against Hate, ADL, the Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence pooled their expertise to create a comprehensive program of outreach, education, and training to address youth-initiated hate violence, funded by grants from the Department of Education and the Department of Justice.

We look forward to working with Ms. Harold as she travels across America promoting this important effort.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

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