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Breaking Hate: Supporting children to push back against white nationalism
White nationalism is in the news and our kids are listening. In addition to the anxiety and anger provoked by the headlines, kids are also encountering this hateful ideology online, at school, in their peer groups and communities. Parents and youth workers need to know how to recognize signs of recruitment efforts, as well as the vulnerabilities that might leave a young person susceptible to recruitment. Join teacher Nora Flanagan and youth worker Christian Picciolini for a discussion of how our children can be stronger upstanders if they see signs of hate, how they can resist increasingly insidious attempts to engage them in organized bigotry, and how every adult can help strengthen their communities against white nationalism.

Sep 24, 2019 08:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Nora Flanagan
High School Teacher & Anti-Hate Organizer/Activist
Nora Flanagan is a veteran high school English teacher in Chicago and has researched and organized against racism for decades. Her efforts have included speaking to law enforcement and other government agencies, school administrations, community groups, and media outlets about the intersection of bigotry and youth culture. She recently co-authored Confronting White Nationalism in Schools, a toolkit designed to help schools thoughtfully and effectively respond to incidents of racial hostility and proactively strengthen school communities.
Christian Piccioline
Counter Extremism Expert, Former Extremist @Free Radicals Project
Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, a public speaker, author, peace advocate, and a former violent extremist. After leaving the hate movement he helped create during his youth in the 1980s and 90s, he began the painstaking process of making amends and rebuilding his life. Christian went on to earn a degree in international relations from DePaul University and launched Goldmill Group, a counter extremism consulting and digital media firm. In 2016, he won an Emmy Award for producing an anti hate advertising campaign aimed at helping people disengage from extremism. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network. Christian’s involvement in, and exit from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH. His disengagement work is spotlighted in his MSNBC documentary series Breaking Hate.