White Supremacy in 2021: Putting Violent Extremists on Trial
Speaker: Amy Spitalnick
In 2017, white supremacists planned and carried out a violent attack on Charlottesville that resulted in dozens of injuries and the death of Heather Heyer. Nearly four years later, far-right extremists are even more emboldened by years of disinformation, conspiracies, and hate — made clear by the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the shootings targeting the Asian American community in Georgia, and record level hate crimes and domestic terror. Integrity First for America is fighting back with its landmark Charlottesville lawsuit.
Join Integrity First for America Executive Director Amy Spitalnick for a critical conversation. This program will explore the path from Charlottesville to the Capitol and beyond and how we hold these violent extremists accountable — starting with IFA’s Charlottesville lawsuit, Sines v. Kessler, which takes on the leaders of this violent movement and heads to trial this fall
The above language was provided by Integrity First for America.
This program is presented in partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.
This program will also stream live on our Facebook page.
About the Speaker:
Amy Spitalnick is the Executive Director of Integrity First for America, the nonpartisan civil rights nonprofit that’s backing the landmark federal lawsuit filed by a coalition of Charlottesville community members against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and hate groups responsible for the August 2017 violence.
Amy joins IFA with extensive experience in government, politics, and advocacy, including as Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor to the New York Attorney General; Communications Advisor and Spokesperson for the New York City Mayor; and Communications Director in the New York State Senate. She has also worked on a number of federal, state, and local campaigns and advocacy organizations.
Amy frequently appears in national media and has been awarded a number of fellowships and honors, including being named a Women in Power Fellow at the 92nd Street Y, a Truman National Security Project Fellow, and a City & State 40 Under 40 Rising Star. Amy graduated from Tufts University.
About the Moderator:
Justin Fair works in the public sector encouraging community development and affordable housing across the State of Maryland. He recently earned his Masters in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University. He is Vice-President of Unmatched Athlete, a non-profit that plans pickup games for LGBTQ+ youth sports across the Baltimore-DC corridor. In addition, he is a board member with MissionFit, a nonprofit that uses the power of training and exercise to empower Baltimore’s youth to achieve health, belonging and success. A man of many hats, Justin is a self-proclaimed know-it-all who immediately files everything away, including where he put his glasses. By night, he dreams of becoming a bodyweight warrior, and is a proud housing advocate and visual artist under the name, Soulstrong. Justin is passionate and excited to support programs that merge Jewish values with community development, wellness and self-empowerment.
Confronting White Supremacy: Yesterday and Today
This June, the Jewish Museum of Maryland in partnership with the Baltimore Jewish Council and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education presents a two-part series discussing both the history and enduring impact of white supremacy within the U.S.
Join us as we explore the ways in which white supremacy has targeted the Jewish community and learn about the organizations working to hold white supremacists accountable today.