Please Be Aware
Several known antisemitic, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi groups have encouraged their followers to participate in a “National Day of Hate” on February 25th. The event has been promoted in online channels and is meant as a call to action for followers to conduct in-person propaganda efforts across the US, similar to efforts observed from these groups in the past. The antisemitic activity will likely include in-person demonstrations, flyering, stickering, banner drops, and vandalism. We are not aware of any specific, credible threats to the Pittsburgh Jewish community. If you see any suspicious activity, call 911 and notify us.
On March 14th from 1p-4p ET, the U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) will hold an encore webinar on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: 2016-2020. This study examines 173 mass attacks from 2016-2020 in public and semi-public spaces, including businesses, restaurants, bars, retail outlets, houses of worship, schools, open spaces and more. Register on govdelivery.com →
The PCCD State Security Grant application deadline is March 2, 2023. More information on this grant can be found on pa.gov.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) SchoolSafety.gov site has launched a Child Exploitation topic page with resources and guidance to support K through 12 communities in creating safe and supportive learning environments. Download the resource sheet.
SCN will be hosting a series of webinars in the coming weeks to help prepare for the 2023 Non-Profit Security Grant Program (NSGP), information and registration can be found here. We anticipate the grant opening on or around February 27. Register on securecommunitynetwork.org →
Security Matters in the News This Week
- 60-year-old accused of spray painting vulgar language on Atlanta church, police say (wsbradio.com → )
- Maryland General Assembly considers permanent body to tackle hate crimes, antisemitism (jns.org → )
- Neo-Nazis protest outside performance of Broadway musical about antisemitism (cbsnews.com → )
- Federal prosecutors charge man with 2 hate crimes after allegedly shooting 2 Jewish men in Los Angeles (cnn.com → )
- Alleged gunman in Colorado Springs LGBTQ club shooting ran neo-Nazi website, detective testifies (jta.org → )
Our BluePoint training video and refresher video are available on YouTube. These are useful for new staff or as a reminder for existing staff.
Security Resources and/or Training
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