Civil Rights Groups Show Solidarity with Victims of Hate in National Full-Page Ads

Categories: Hate Crimes, Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: Shin Inouye, 202.869.0398, inouye@civilrights.org

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Communities Against Hate, and 83 other civil rights organizations today launched full-page advertisements in The New York Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in solidarity with victims of recent acts of hate and bigotry in our country.

The ad, designed by artist Celeste Jacobs, depicts elements of Pittsburgh, Pa., the location of the recent anti-Semitic mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue, and Louisville, Ky., where a white supremacist murdered two African Americans at a Kroger supermarket when the gunman was unable to enter a predominantly Black church.

Celeste Jacobs is a Jewish-American graphic designer and illustrator whose work makes complicated elements accessible and inspiring. Celeste explores narratives, folklore and relationships with one another in her work.

The groups condemn all acts of hate and urge all victims and witnesses of hate to document their incidents at communitiesagainsthate.org or by calling 1-844-9-NO-HATE.

The ad can be viewed here. For more information, visit loveilluminates.org.

The list of organizations signing the ad follows:

The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.
Communities Against Hate
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Advancement Project
African American Ministers In Action
American Association of People with Disabilities
American Association of University Women
American Federation of Teachers
American Humanist Association
American Islamic Congress
American Jewish Committee
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Anti-Defamation League
Arab American Institute (AAI)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation
Bend the Arc Jewish Action
Campaign for Youth Justice
Center for Community Change
Coalition on Human Needs
Defending Rights & Dissent
Demos
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
Drug Policy Alliance
Equal Justice Society
Feminist Majority Foundation
Girls Inc.
GLSEN
Hip Hop Caucus
Hollaback!
Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Watch
IAOHRA – International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies
Impact Fund
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Juvenile Law Center
Lambda Legal
LatinoJustice
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
League of Women Voters
Legal Aid at Work
MALDEF
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Public Affairs Council
Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council
NAACP
National Action Network
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)
National Association of Human Rights Workers
National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
National Association of Social Workers
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh
National Council of Teachers of English
National Disability Rights Network
National Down Syndrome Congress
National Employment Law Project
National Employment Lawyers Association
NATIONAL FAIR HOUSING ALLIANCE
National Immigration Law Center
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Organization for Women
National Partnership for Women & Families
National Urban League
National Women’s Law Center
New York City Anti-Violence Project
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates
People For the American Way
PFLAG National
PolicyLink
SEIU
Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Campaign to TAKE ON HATE
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
The Sikh Coalition
The United Methodist Church-General Board of Church & Society
UnidosUS
Union for Reform Judaism
YWCA USA

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. For more information on The Education Fund, visit http://leadershipconferenceedfund.org/.

Founded in 1940, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization and has been completely separate from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1957—although LDF was originally founded by the NAACP and shares its commitment to equal rights. LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute is a multi-disciplinary and collaborative hub within LDF that launches targeted campaigns and undertakes innovative research to shape the civil rights narrative. In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP Legal Defense Fund or LDF.