Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
April 15th, 2021
UPCOMING EVENTS
A COMMUNITY UNITED:
A National Convening Against Anti-AAPI Hate
FREE I VIRTUAL BROADCAST
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
12pm - 6:30pm ET
Live from Washington, D.C.

The Honorable William Tong, Attorney General of Connecticut & The Honorable Karl Racine, Attorney General of the District of Columbia in conjunction with the Attorney General Alliance (AGA) invite you to join us virtually for this special event.
**Attorneys General interested in attending in-person may email AFriedman@AGAlliance.org.

This national convening pairs leading experts across government and industry with a focus on educational and actionable steps that can be used to address the rise of hate targeting the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) community. The event will be divided into three parts:
  • Part 1: raising awareness;
  • Part 2: supporting the AAPI community and taking concrete actions to prevent and counter AAPI hate;
  • Part 3: creating a skillset toolbox to empower all participants to stand up to hate. Our goal to assist the public, policymakers, advocacy, business and legal communities in the identification and circumscription of AAPI hate.

Free Virtual Broadcast:
This event will be broadcast live and is available to the public. No registration necessary, please find the virtual broadcast link here and login at the designated start time.
State and Local Responses to Rising Hate
AG Alliance Social Justice & Equity Initiatives
Tuesday. May 20th from 3 - 4pm ET
Moderated by Attorney General Karl Racine, District of Columbia Attorney General

District of Columbia Attorney General and AGA Co-Chair Karl Racine is joined by Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha and leaders from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League to explore the rise of hate incidents and hate groups across the U.S., and to present how their organizations are helping state and locals respond. This conversation will focus on sharing opportunities and practices to empower state and local authorities to combat hate.

Panelists:
  • Peter Neronha, Attorney General, Rhode Island 
  • Michael Lieberman, Senior Policy Advisor, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
  • Ryan Greer, National Security Director and Chief of Staff for Government Relations, Advocacy and Community, Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Banding Together: Reddit, Robinhood and
Regulatory Response to Market Populism
Thursday, May 6th from 12 - 1 pm ET
Hosted by Thomson Reuters Institute

The Thomson Reuters Institute is pleased to present an ongoing series of contemporary takes on our current social justice environment. Our aim is to foster healthy debate and intellectual inquiry into forces and trends shaping the global public square.

HOT TOPICS
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUITY


DECEPTIVE MARKETING AND COVID-19

  • Shopify responded to a letter signed by 45 attorneys general calling on the company to act immediately in preventing the selling fraudulent CDC vaccination cards on their platforms. Read their response here.
ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS
PRISON REFORM

  • Arizona AG Brnovich co-led a bipartisan coalition of 22 attorneys general urging Congress to provide federal funds for state systems and technology upgrades needed to seal and expunge criminal justice records.

CONSUMER FINANCE



CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • Oregon AG Rosenblum announced a $5.1 million dollar settlement with Boston Scientific for failing to disclose the serious risks and complications of transvaginally-placed surgical mesh. Of the settlement, $3 million will go to Oregon non-profit organizations that support women.

ELDER PROTECTION

CYBERSECURITY

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
CONSUMER PROTECTION


COVID-19 VACCINE

  • Anheuser-Busch Foundation joined the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative to release a new PSA dedicated to COVID-19 vaccine awareness and education. 

COMMUNITY



HEALTHCARE

  • Merck & Co. expanded safer childbirth cities initiative to 20th community-led project advancing maternal health equity during black maternal health week. The Safer Childbirth Cities initiative will help U.S. cities become safer, and more equitable places to give birth.
 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR ONGOING SOCIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY INITIATIVES

Over the last year, communities across the country have assessed their treatment of minorities and other under-represented populations. In an effort to facilitate dialogue in the Attorney General community, Amazon and the Attorney General Alliance have partnered to create a series of conversations exploring issues around justice and social equity. We are excited to announce 2021 as the inaugural year of this forum and we look forward to providing focused programing aimed at facilitating exploration of these issues. We thank Amazon for their leadership and invite all of our public and private partners join us as we embark on these discussions.
VIRTUAL SEMINAR LIBRARY
Addressing Hate and the Internet
AG Alliance Social Justice & Equity Initiatives
Thursday, April 8th from 2 - 3pm ET
Moderated by Chief Deputy AG Jason Downs, District of Columbia

Last Thursday, the AGA hosted “Addressing Hate and the Internet,” a webinar focused on the impact of online hate speech. Chief Deputy AG Jason Downs of the District of Columbia moderated a panel of four experts as they discussed the roles of tech companies and social media, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and other factors in the spread of extremist ideologies across the country and world. 

Panelists detailed the complicated history of online hate speech that resulted in acts of physical violence in places like Charlottesville, Orlando, and Atlanta. While Chief Deputy Downs and the panelists also noted the inherent challenges of finding effective solutions to this problem -- including concerns of tech or government censorship -- they suggested that legislators and AGs in the United States apply lessons learned from shutting down the online content of foreign terrorist groups like ISIS to combat domestic hate speech. Other potential solutions mentioned during the seminar included reforming or repealing Section 230, litigation against platforms that do not remove content that violates their terms of service, and the Anti-Defamation League’s six-point REPAIR Plan for platforms and policymakers.
Missed our live programs? No problem! Follow the button below to visit our Virtual Seminar Library for access to all recordings.

Do you have a webinar topic suggestion? We want to hear from you! Please email ideas to Andrea Friedman at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org.
CWAG Executive Committee
- AG Wayne Stenehjem - AG Phil Weiser -
- AG Jason Ravnsborg - AG Hector Balderas -

AG Alliance Co-Chairs
- AG Lawrence Wasden - AG Sean Reyes - AG Karl Racine -
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