ADL Tolerance Program Cited by President Clinton at White House Meeting on Hate Crime Initiatives
Washington, DC, April 6, 1999
President Clinton today cited the Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) for helping to create a new public-private partnership on hate, diversity,
and tolerance for middle school students at a White House meeting calling for broader hate
crime initiatives. Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
National Director, who participated in the session in the Roosevelt Room in the White
House, applauded President Clinton's leadership in promoting passage of the Hate Crimes
Prevention Act (HCPA). The HCPA would expand the Federal government's ability to assist
local law enforcement officials in investigating and prosecuting bias-motivated violence.
"We thanked the President for his continued leadership in addressing
bias-motivated violence," said Howard P. Berkowitz, ADL National Chairman, and
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "We told him that especially at a time when
the world is watching with horror the excesses of religious and ethnic hatred being played
out in Kosovo, America needs to be reminded that our diversity is a great source of our
Mr. Berkowitz and Mr. Foxman said they were particularly pleased that the White House
chose to highlight a new public-private initiative in which ADL is in partnership with
Court TV, ATT Broadband & Internet Services and the National Middle School
Association. "This anti-prejudice initiative, which has been endorsed by a wide range
of education and civil rights groups, will include in-school lessons and activities
designed to address prejudice and hate through cable TV programming, videos, and
interactive websites." Department of Education and Department of Justice officials
will also assist this initiative.
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.