At Tanenbaum, we understand that religious extremism can feel insurmountable, in the U.S and across the world. But fortunately, there are simple actions each of us can take to thwart radicalism and prevent individuals (including youth) from feeling marginalized. We ask you to join us and help to defy extremism in the following ways:
Return each month for free practical resources to combat extremism.
Beginning September 2015, we are offering free, practical resources each month that can be used at home or at work, in schools, places of worship and in your community. Read, download, share! Begin a discussion at your house of worship. Engage your students and children to ask questions. Use your imagination, and use these tools to combat hate and terror.
We’ll be sharing new resources every month from September 2015 – December 2018. So visit the page at the end of each month and check out your new resources!
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- The President and the Hazzan: Washington had opinions on religious freedom! Here’s the proof: correspondence between America’s first president, George Washington, and Moses Seixas, the Hazzan of Newport’s Touro Synagogue of Congregation Jeshuat Israel. While they excluded enslaved African Americas and Native Americans from their vision of religious freedom, their commitment to freedom of conscience and their words contain timeless insights and values—that must to be applied to all.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “The President and the Hazzan”.
- A Resource for July 4th Tweeting about our #FoundingFathers and what they had to say about liberty – including religious liberty.
- National Geographic’s Partner Toolkit: This free toolkit includes a copy of ‘The Muslim Next Door,’ the second episode in Katie Couric’s docuseries America Inside Out, along with Tanenbaum’s Diversity in Islam fact sheet. Use them together to host an informed discussion about this critical topic: What is it really like to be Muslim in America? (screener available through May 2018)
- Guidelines for Conducting Open Conversations: A “How-To” guide to help you share and discuss all of our Combating Extremism resources.
- Guidelines for Conducting Open Conversations – A Summary
- Shared Visions: On Women: A resource of diverse faith and belief perspectives on women.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “Shared Visions: On Women.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.: Faith and Nonviolent Protest: A fact sheet sharing the many ways King put his nonviolence values into action, the obstacles he encountered and his inspiring resolve.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: Faith and Nonviolent Protest” that can help guide reflection, discussion and study.
- The Rohingya Origin Story: Two Narratives, One Conflict: A fact sheet explaining why divergent claims among the Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Myanmar about the Rohingya’s origin in the region lay at the heart of the conflict.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “The Rohingya Origin Story: Two Narratives, One Conflict.”
- Thanksgiving & American Indian Wisdom, Quotes & Prayers: Did you know that Native People are being targeted by white supremacists and right-wing extremists. To successfully combat hate and ignorance, we must be proactive in learning about each other. To start, check out these American Indian sayings and prayers.
- A Q&A on the Rohingya Crisis & Buddhist Extremism in Myanmar: A fact sheet that answers the questions: Who are the Rohingya? How did the current Crisis start? Who is the Buddhist extremist group targeting them? And more.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “A Q&A on the Rohingya Crisis & Buddhist Extremism in Myanmar.”
- Reflections on Nonviolence: A new resource about diverse faith perspectives on nonviolence.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “Reflections on Nonviolence.”
- Reflections: A selection of comments we received about Charlottesville.
- Talking Terrorism…Did You Know?: A resource with the latest facts about global terrorism.
- Questions for Consideration: A resource to use alongside the fact sheet for educators, parents, any of us.
- Extremists in Opposition: A Dangerous Symbiosis: Hear reformed white supremacist Arno Michaelis share his experiences and how the actions and rhetoric of opposing extremist movements fuel each other.
- Questions for Consideration: A resource to use alongside the video.
- White Supremacy: An Overview: A comprehensive fact sheet about the varied white supremacist movements and groups.
- Questions for Consideration: A resource to use alongside “White Supremacy: An Overview”.
- Q&A: The Refugee Crisis: A fact sheet about the 65.3 million displaced persons all over the world today. Who are they? Where do they come from? Where do they go? (Updated June 2018)
- Questions for Consideration: A resource to use alongside “Q&A: The Refugee Crisis”.
- Against the Ban? Five Things You Can Do Now: A list of resources and ideas for taking action.
- Arno: A Transformation Story: In this short video, former white supremacist Arno Michaelis shares why he became a neo-Nazi, how he became exhausted by hatred, and how unexpected kindness changed the course of his life.
- Why Scrutinizing Information Matters: Here, Arno reflects on the value of challenging ourselves to scrutinize information in order to dispel lies, hate, prejudice and division.
- Questions for Consideration: A resource to use alongside the resources.
- 7 Principles for Inclusive Education: Tanenbaum’s well-researched and accessible framework to increase equity, decrease exclusion and explore diversity in classrooms.
- 7 Principles Summary Sheet
- We Asked, You Answered: A roundup of answers we received from across the country to the question, “What can the average person do to combat extremism?” from our July 2016 survey to readers (Hint: education), plus resources for getting started.
- Questions for Consideration: A question guide for talking about stereotypes and social justice.
- Five Ways to Counter Extremists on Social Media: A “How To” resource sheet for rising above social media extremists and right-wing hate groups.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “Five Ways to Counter Extremists on Social Media.”
- September 11 Fact Sheet: An easy-to-use resource sheet highlighting the facts and history of 9/11.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside the “September 11 Fact Sheet”.
- The Survivor Tree: A story of resilience from 9/11.
- SHARED VISIONS: Good Deeds: A new resource of diverse religions and beliefs’ perspectives on good deeds.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “Shared Visions: Good Deeds”.
- The Backlash Against Teaching about Islam: An article that explores the widespread opposition to teaching about Islam; and why teaching about religions (including Islam) can be valuable for students.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “The Backlash against Teaching about Islam”.
- Extreme Prejudice, a webinar hosted by Teaching Tolerance: Available as a recording, this webinar presents strategies for educators on how to teach about extremism safely and accurately. The webinar includes ways to inspire students and children to make their environments more inclusive.
- Shared Visions: Courage: A new Shared Visions resource to remind us that across the world, diverse religions and beliefs recognize the power of fear and the importance of courage. Shared Visions prompt us to be curious about other religions and beliefs, to ask questions, and find answers.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet including essay prompts to use alongside Shared Visions: Courage.
- Women Who Pursue Peace and Justice: A resource sheet highlighting the efforts of religiously-driven women in armed conflicts and women-centered programs in CVE.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet to use alongside “Women Who Pursue Peace and Justice”.
- Diversity in Islam: A fact sheet explaining the different groups within Islam.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet that may be used alongside “Diversity in Islam”.
- Explaining Extremism and Addressing Islamophobia: Five practical steps about how parents and educators can explain extremism and address Islamophobia.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet that may be used alongside “Explaining Extremism and Addressing Islamophobia”.
- Calls and Prayers for Peace and Justice: Read calls and prayers for peace and justice from many of the world’s great religions and philosophical traditions. They echo common threads that connect us, regardless of our different beliefs or lack of belief.
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet that may be used along with “Calls and Prayers for Peace and Justice”. Explore common themes, shared ethics and similar visions of peace that emerge across different faith and philosophical traditions.
- Testimony at U.S. House Committee Hearing on the Islamic State and Religious Minorities: a Resource Sheet about Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action Hind Kabawat
- Questions For Consideration: A question sheet that may be used with “Hind Kabawat’s Testimony”.
- Hind Kabawat’s Full Testimony: U.S. House Committee Hearing on the Islamic State and Religious Minorities
- Extreme Prejudice: Practical approaches to teaching about religious extremism.
- Opposition to Places of Worship and Religious Practices in the U.S.: See how historical opposition to places of worship affected so many communities and how it continues to do so…
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet that may be used alongside “Opposition to Places of Worship and Religious Practices in the U.S.”.
- World Religions Fact Sheet
- Questions for Consideration: A question sheet that may be used alongside “World Religions”.
- The Golden Rule offers translations of the world’s great religions’ statements of the Golden Rule.
- Shared Visions – Shared Visions show how world religions view everyday topics in complementary ways, including education, forgiveness and charity.