ADL reports ‘1,000%’ surge in donations after Charlottesville
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ADL reports ‘1,000%’ surge in donations after Charlottesville

JP Morgan joins list of corporations that donated to anti-hate watchdog following white supremacist rally

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaking at the organization’s Never is Now conference in New York City, November 17, 2016. (Courtesy of the ADL)
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt speaking at the organization’s Never is Now conference in New York City, November 17, 2016. (Courtesy of the ADL)

NEW YORK — Donations to the Anti-Defamation League, one of the oldest anti-discrimination organizations in the United States, have spiked sharply since the violence in Charlottesville, the group said Monday.

ADL spokeswoman Betsaida Alcantara said donations like the one from James Murdoch — head of Fox News, who last week announced a million-dollar donation — as well as those from corporations like Apple, Uber and MGM Resorts yielded a rise of “1,000%” last week, compared to the weekly average donations since the beginning of the year.

The ADL, headquartered in New York, did not specify to which dollar amount this surge had led.

On Monday, banking giant JP Morgan also joined the ranks of the donors, Alcantara said.

The headquarters of JP Morgan Chase on Park Avenue in New York on December 12, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA)
The headquarters of JP Morgan Chase on Park Avenue in New York on December 12, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / Stan HONDA)

The bank announced a million-dollar gift to be shared by the ADL and the Southern Poverty Law Center, a center for studies of extremist movements, according to US media.

Donors have shown greater interest in supporting the ADL since the August 12 violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesvile, Virginia.

A woman was killed and 19 people injured during those clashes between anti-racism demonstrators and white supremacists. US President Donald Trump was the target of fierce criticism for not clearly condemning the extreme right.

Another organization to combat racism and anti-Semitism, the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, has also recorded major donations since then. One came from California actor and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

An estimated 40,000 anti-racism demonstrators flooded Boston on Saturday to counter another rally by far-right groups.

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