Philanthropy Now Podcast: Protecting and upholding the civil rights of all people, with Anthony Romero and Jonathan Greenblatt

In SVCF's Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

This episode features excerpts from Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Regional Meeting, which took place on Oct. 12, 2017. The event featured a panel discussion on civil rights with Anthony Romero of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). SVCF's CEO and President Emmett Carson moderated the discussion.

Anthony Romero

Jonathan Greenblatt

Emmett Carson

Anthony Romero
Executive Director, 
American Civil Liberties Union

Jonathan Greenblatt
CEO and National Director,
Anti-Defamation League

Emmett Carson
CEO and President,
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

The panelists cover several hot-button issues, including immigration reform, hate crimes and women’s rights. The speakers cover a lot of bases and share what their organizations are doing to pursue change in these areas. Overall, they really stress how important it is to choose an issue and get involved in some way. Whether you are running for political office or throwing a potluck for neighbors, everyone has a role to play that will improve each of these issues.

What you will learn

  • What is the Anti-Defamation League and what does it do?

  • Why institutions matter and joining in a common cause makes an incredible impact.

  • What the ADL and ACLU are doing about hot-button issues like immigration and the rise in hate crimes.

  • The importance of guaranteeing the rights of everyone – even the ones you disagree with.

  • How to facilitate free speech while protecting public safety.

  • What the role of social media is in advocacy and getting involved.

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