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Christian Picciolini - Breaking Hate:  a Former Extremist's Journey

Thursday, April 28
7:30pm

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We are thrilled to bring you this program, which was originally scheduled for March 2020.

Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, 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.

Christian’s life since leaving the white‑power movement over two decades ago has been dedicated to helping others overcome their own hate. He now leads the Free Radicals Project, a global extremism prevention and disengagement network. He has spoken all over the world, including on the TEDx stage, sharing his unique and extensive knowledge, teaching all who are willing to learn about building greater peace through empathy and compassion. Christian’s involvement in, and exit from, the early American white-supremacist skinhead movement is chronicled in his memoir WHITE AMERICAN YOUTH. His forthcoming book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, will be released in February 2020. His disengagement work is spotlighted in his MSNBC documentary series Breaking Hate.

We invite you to Temple Sinai on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm to hear Christian speak and hear first-hand how this reformed Neo-Nazi stands up to hatred. This event is suitable for students in 8th grade and above.

RSVP is required by April 25, so please fill out the form below. Photo ID is must be presented to enter the event. All health & safety protocols will be enforced: ALL ATTENDEES 16 AND OVER MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED AND FURNISH PROOF (vaccination card or Excelsior Pass); ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 16 MUST FURNISH PROOF OF A NEGATIVE COVID TEST (dated the day of the event, April 28); ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE PROPERLY MASKED AT ALL TIMES.

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