Timeline of Initiative

 

At OAG, we believe that challenging biased attitudes and behaviors in ourselves, others, institutions, and systems, can help to interrupt bias before it escalates and stop discrimination, hate, and bias-motivated violence from flourishing. To that end, and through AG Racine’s 2021 NAAG Presidential initiative, we’ve embarked on a year-long inquiry into hate. Each quarter has built upon different themes of hate—including understanding it, preventing it, and dismantling its legacy. Now, as we enter the fourth and final quarter of AG Racine’s 2021 presidential initiative, we’ll transition into repairing the harm hate has caused.

Follow along with our countering hate efforts below and email PeopleVHate@dc.gov for specific questions about our work to counter hate.

Take 30 Events

  • April 23, 2021 – Hate in the Homeland: Understanding the Threat of Domestic Extremism with American University’s Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss (Video)
  • December 18, 2020 – Unifying in the Aftermath of Hate with DC’s Metropolitan AME Church Pastor, William H. Reverend Lamar IV (Video)
  • September 25, 2020 – Taking a Stand Against Bullying, Harassment, and Hate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and Hollaback (Video)
  • July 31, 2020 – OAG’s High School Advisory Take 30 Takeover on Combating Hate (Video)
  • May 22, 2020 – Combating Hate and Extremism with Connecticut Attorney General William Tong and AG William Tong and the Anti-Defamation League (Video)

Programs

  • May 4, 2021 – A Community United: A National Convening Against Anti-AAPI Hate (AGA, Video)
  • April 14, 2021 – Spring Forum: The Rise of Hate and Its Deadly Consequences (NAAG, Video)
  • April 8, 2021 – Hate and the Internet: Addressing Online Hate and Section 230 (AGA, Video)
  • April 1, 2021 – Empowering Youth and Youth Educators to Counter Hate (OAG, Video)
  • March 26, 2021 – Are Citizen Militias Protected by the Constitution? (NAAG, Video)
  • March 19, 2021 – Addressing the Rise in Anti-Asian Hate with Attorneys General Herring, Tong, and Racine (Video)
  • February 25, 2021 – State of Hate in America: A Black History Month Fireside Chat (NAAG, Video)
  • November 9, 2020 – Artists v. Hate Program Launch (OAG, Video)

Press

  • April 29, 2021 – Article: Antisemitic incidents historically high in DMV despite slight national decline (WUSA9)
  • April 6, 2021 – Podcast: Combatting Incel Violence (NAAG) 
  • March 19, 2021 – Article: Three Attorneys General discuss rise of anti-Asian hate and violence (NBC12)
  • December 29, 2020 – Article: America has a hate problem. Facebook and Google are part of it, D.C.’s top attorney says (Politico)
  • December 23, 2020 – Article: The People vs. Hate (The Atlantic)
  • December 16, 2020 – Article: Racine Elected to Lead Attorneys General (Washington Informer)
  • November 27, 2020 – Article: After taking on Trump, D.C. attorney general turns focus to hate and extremism (Washington Post)
  • August 28, 2020 – Op-Ed: Welcome to the New Civil Rights Era (Washington Post)
  • June 1, 2020 – Op-Ed: Leaders Must Step Up to Fight Hate (The Hill)

Local and National Legislative and Advocacy Efforts

WIN: Passage of the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act

  • May 18, 2021 – Congress Passes the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act (Statement)
  • April 13, 2021 – Bipartisan Coalition of 35 AGs Calling on Congress to Pass the Jabara-Heyer NO HATE Act (Letter)

WIN: Passage of Legislation to Enforce the District’s Hate Crimes

  • December 15, 2020 – AG Racine’s Statement on Council’s Passes of Civil Rights Legislation (Statement)
  • March 3, 2020 – OAG’s Testimony on Hate Crime Civil Enforcement Clarification Amendment Act of 2019 (Text)
  • February 19, 2020 – OAG’s Testimony on Attorney General Civil Rights Enforcement Clarification Amendment Act of 2019 (Text)
  • October 23, 2019 – OAG’s Testimony on Hate Crimes in the District of Columbia and the Failure to Prosecute by the United States Attorney’s Office (Text)

ACTION: Responding to the Violent Attack on the U.S. Capitol

  • March 21, 2021 – Statement for the Record: Hearing on State and Local Responses to Domestic Terrorism: Attack on the US Capitol and Beyond (Statement[WA(1] )
  • January 16, 2021 – Facebook Halts Weapon Accessory Ads (Post)
  • January 15, 2021 – AG Racine Urges Facebook to Halt Weapon Accessory Advertisements Amid Heightened Threats Ahead of Inauguration (Letter)
  • January 12, 2021 – AG Racine Leads Bipartisan Coalition of 50 Attorneys General Condemning Violent Attack on U.S. Capitol (Letter)

ACTION: Responding to Growing Presence of Hate & Disinformation Online

  • August 5, 2020 AG Racine Leads 20-State Coalition Urging Facebook to Aggressively Combat the Spread of Hate and Disinformation Online (Letter)

Upcoming Events

Summit Flyer

 

With the number of hate crimes nationwide reaching their highest point in 12 years, it’s a stark reminder of how serious the threat is, and why we must put politics aside – even in a very divided our country – to unite to combat hate. At AG Racine’s Presidential Summit, we are setting politics aside and focusing on our common humanity.

We will take the politics about of hate by…

  • learning together and acknowledging our nation’s painful history of hate, its lasting legacy, and how hate that continues to affect each of our states and territories.
  • sharing law enforcement’s best practices and innovative approaches on tangible actions they are taking to reduce hate, hate crimes, and the legacy of hate in their communities.
  • having a bipartisan group of AGs showcase their lessons learned on working with community partners to address hate.
  • uniting at the National Museum of African American History and Culture—at the finale of the summit—to showcase our collective commitment to work together.

It is possible to work together and agree on real steps to address hate. At this summit, we’ll show that’s the case. Register here today.