Faith and Community Leaders Work to Counter Dangerous Speech (PHOTOS)

Over 150 faith leaders and members of the community turned out for an event aimed at ending dangerous speech on Tuesday night in Silver Spring. The event took place at the Silver Spring Civic Building located at One Veterans Plaza.Stop Dangerous Speech

The speakers for the evening were Jim Stowe, director of the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, Susan Benesch, director of the Dangerous Speech Project, Seth Gordon-Lipkin, Education Project Director for the Anti-Defamation League, and Steven Cohen, communications director for the Counter Extremism Project.

Organizers said that the goal of the event was to raise awareness and educate the public on ways to counter dangerous speech and hate speech. Members of the audience also had an opportunity for questions after the end of each speaker’s remarks.

Top issues raised during the question and answer sessions included bullying in schools and hate speech on social media.

The event was hosted by the World Organization for Resource Development (WORDE), the Faith Community Working Group, Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League and more.

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Willie James Inman

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Willie James Inman is a Community Engagement Specialist and Multimedia Journalist at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach him on Twitter @imwilljames.


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