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'Moving from the margins to the mainstream:' Anti-Defamation League CEO reflects on bigotry's rise

Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, joined St. Louis on the Air on Monday.
Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio
Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, joined St. Louis on the Air on Monday.

On Monday, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh was joined by Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Greenblatt discussed the ADL's role in 2017, considering the apparent uptick in bigotry and hate crimes as well as the rising tide of  populism internationally.

"We saw, and it kicked up during the presidential campaign, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry moving from the margins to the mainstream," Greenblatt said.

He also discussed the organization's work in government to change laws and educate citizens about hate crimes.

"The ADL is the organization that literally wrote the laws on hate crimes years ago," Greenblatt said. "Now, we work to get them enforced."

Greenblatt is in St. Louis to accept the Maryville University Sister Mary Byles Peace and Justice Prize.

Listen to the full discussion here:

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What: Sister Mary Byles Peace and Justice Prize and Lecture
When: 7 p.m., Monday, April 3
Where: Maryville University Auditorium, 650 Maryville University Drive. St. Louis
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What: Sh’ma: Listen! Speaker Series Presents "We Need Each Other Now More Than Ever, With Jonathan Greenblatt"
When: 8:30 – 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 4
Where: Jewish Community Center, Staenberg Arts and Education Building, #2 Millstone Campus Drive, St. Louis

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Kelly Moffitt joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2015 as an online producer for St. Louis Public Radio's talk shows St. Louis on the Air.

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