With a nation divided over its values and trajectory, a global pandemic that has decimated our economy, and unprecedented levels of false and misleading information at our fingertips, we are forced like never before to address the hate and violent extremism that has continued to trend upwards in our communities. Last November, FBI hate crime figures for 2018 showed that the level of violence for hate crime hit its highest level since 2002 and according to the Wall Street Journal, the “largest share” of recent increasing attacks were anchored to “far-right ideology”: “
Over the past four years, there were more than 60 terrorist attacks annually in the U.S., which include shootings, assaults and bombs, a trend not seen since the early 1980s, according to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.” In the first part of the year, during the pandemic, crime and hate crime are down (though hate crimes generally rise significantly in the second half of election years), but murder, arson and hate crimes against Asians are up significantly in light of racist rhetoric and false information online surrounding Covid-19.
Whether these acts occur in our schools, workplaces, online, or halls of government, acts of intolerance and hate are unacceptable and must be addressed in order to create thoughtful, multi-jurisdictional solutions in response to bigotry.
Please join my office – virtually – as we welcome expert panelists from academic and fact-finding institutions to look back at the worrisome trends this last decade and see if we can begin to find a way forward together.
Join us online for this concise and informative forum!
Tuesday, October 27
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The event will be held as a Zoom Webinar and will simultaneously Livestream on Facebook.
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Assemblymember Bloom will moderate this forum which will include brief presentations, questions from the online audience, and discussion with the following panelists:
Professor Brian Levin is the director and founder of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the author or co-author of books, scholarly articles, training manuals and studies on extremism and hate crime. He is also the author of influential Supreme Court briefs in the landmark case of Wisconsin v. Mitchell in 1993, where he analyzed criminological data establishing hate crime's severity. Prof. Levin is the recipient of the 2020 Wang Family Excellence Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the California State University system as well as the Block Civil Liberties Award from Stanford Law School, where he received his degree. He also served as Associate Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Klanwatch/ Militia Task Force and as a New York City Police Officer.
Dr. Erroll G. Southers a former FBI Special Agent and former Assistant Chief of Police, is Professor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, director of its Safe Communities Institute and director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies. He was President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration assistant secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the California Office of Homeland Security, and an adviser to the Biden-Harris campaign on police reform. A noted counterterrorism expert and security analyst for media networks, he lectures and consults around the world. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and he holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.
Mr. Alan Duke is editor-in-chief of Lead Stories, a leading global fact checking organization. Duke co-founded the technology and journalism company after a 26-year career with CNN. Duke extensively covered domestic terrorism for CNN, including the Oklahoma City bombing investigation and trials, the UNABOMBER case, and the Eric Robert Rudolph bombings investigation (which earned him a federal victim number when he stood too close to an exploding bomb). Duke is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where his duties included serving as a race relations officer. Not only does Lead Stories serve as a 3rd party fact checker for Facebook and TikTok, it includes a team of experienced journalists who monitor the distribution and consumption of hate and violence related content on social platforms using its proprietary Trendolizer tools.
Dr. Russell Jeunig is a professor of Asian American Studies at SF State University, and is author of books on race, religion, and social movements, including Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans and Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies. In March 2020, he founded Stop AAPI Hate with Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council. This reporting center tracks COVID-19 discrimination to develop policy interventions and culturally responsive resources.
For further information, please contact Melissa.Kaufler@asm.ca.gov. RSVP strongly recommended.