ADL Ventura County

2024 Santa Barbara Walk Against Hate

December 01, 2024

How we work in Ventura County 

Assist and Advocate

We respond to reports from victims or witnesses of biased, hateful, or discriminatory conduct by providing support to victims, offering resources to employers or schools, leading communal response, engaging perpetrators and notifying law enforcement when appropriate, and tracking incidents to monitor and report aggregate trends that may influence responsive policies and practice. 

ADL works with elected officials and policy makers at the federal, state and local levels to enhance protections for all marginalized groups, including hate crimes legislation.  ADL also works with businesses, including social media companies, to improve their efforts to mitigate hate on their platforms.  

Educate and Train
ADL is a principal provider of school programs in the U.S. for anti-bias training, bullying prevention, Holocaust education, and antisemitism awareness. We are working with schools across Ventura County to foster inclusive classrooms for learners of all ages. This year, ADL has provided educational programming for the Moorpark, Conejo Valley, and Ventura Unified School Districts, as well as for the Ventura County Office of Education. Schools in the Oak Park, Pleasant Valley, Ventura, and Oxnard school districts have registered to adopt ADL’s No Place for Hate framework in the 2022 - 2023 school year. 

Investigate and Research 
ADL tracks extremism of all kinds and releases original research on trends in hate both offline and online. We provide local law enforcement with information about hate groups, we track and report on trends in local hate incidents, and we provide support to victims of hate incidents. ADL regularly briefs Ventura County law enforcement officials on extremist group activity. 

Is ADL affiliated with a particular religious faith?

ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. While ADL was founded based on Jewish values and in response to antisemitism, its mission for over a century has been "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all." It has long been both a leading authority on antisemitism and identity-based bigotry. Many of ADL's professional staff do not identify as Jewish and represent diversity of identity and experience.

How are the funds I donate used?
Thank you for considering a donation to ADL. Your sponsorship of, or donation to, this event will enable ADL to continue to be at the forefront of fighting hate, antisemitism and hate it all its forms. Your gift will support not only our local education programming and other efforts, but the work of our national organization as well.

Can ADL speak to my group about the work it does in Ventura County?
We often provide presentations about the issues ADL confronts and the educational programming that we provide. We would be happy to discuss what issues or areas of our work would be most interesting to your group.

How else can I get involved as a volunteer?
The day of our walk we will need volunteers for registration, t-shirt distribution, general questions and more! Sign up by emailing amyers@adl.org