November 6, 2020

This from the SPLC today

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Building Resilience & Confronting Risk in the COVID-19 Era is a guide designed for caregivers, parents, educators and others who are on the front lines of recognizing and responding to radicalization in the COVID-19 era. American University’s Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) invite you to join our webinar on Thursday, Nov. 12, to learn more about online radicalization, new susceptibilities and tips for recognizing warning signs.

When we hosted our Oct. 28 webinar there was high demand for the program and the resources provided. Our upcoming Nov. 12 webinar will be a repeat of the Oct. 28 program to provide another opportunity for those who were not able to attend last month to receive support.

Youth Radicalization in Times of Crisis: How to Reduce Harm
Thursday, Nov. 12
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Zoom Webinar


The COVID-19 crisis and a tense election season with contested results have served to accelerate the proliferation of online hate content and recruitment, especially among young people. Nearly 93% of people in households with school-age children reported their children engaged in some form of distance learning. Young people are spending more time online than ever before during a period of great social, political and economic uncertainty, making them susceptible to extremists who exploit valid fears, anxieties and economic grievances. Now more than ever, adults must be equipped with the tools to help children navigate internet spaces and resist extremists who are taking advantage of this time of unrest.

During the webinar, participants will learn tangible steps to reduce harm and counter the threat of online radicalization. Six practitioners will be participating in the panel to share their insights as parents, educators and intervention experts:

Jessica Acee (she/her), Senior Fellow at Western States Center
Cory Collins (he/him), Senior Writer for Teaching Tolerance
Akiko Cooks (she/her), Co-Founder of No Racism in Schools #1865
Brian Hughes (he/him), Associate Director of PERIL
Shannon Foley Martinez (she/her), PERIL Consultant
Jack Michael (she/her), interdisciplinary artist & college arts educator
The Building Resilience & Confronting Risk in the COVID-19 Era guide is available for free here, and we encourage you to share it with anyone who may be supporting young people through this difficult time.

In solidarity,

The Southern Poverty Law Center


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