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Local, Federal Law Enforcement Hosting Event on Recognizing Hate, Extremism

Meeting will give people steps to report extremist behavior to police.

Local and federal officials will hold a citywide discussion on recognizing and reporting hate crimes Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

The event "Recognizing and Reporting Hate Groups and Extremism in Your Neighborhood," will be held at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville. It includes a dinner beginning at 6:00 p.m. followed by a public discussion.

The Tribune Review reports FBI Agents, along with state and city police, will discuss ways to identify symbols of hate groups and other extremists and how to report them to law enforcement . The event comes less than six months after the shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history

Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress that white supremacists present a "persistent" and "pervasive" threat to the United States . A study from the Anti-Defamation League found that both the Tree of Life shooter and the shooter who carried out a deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were active in online white supremacist communities .

Last month, Facebook announced that it was banning content that promoted white nationalism .

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