Updates from Erroll Southers and the Safe Communities Institute

June 4, 2020

Radio.com podcast “I’m Listening: Stay Connected" interviewed SCI Director Erroll Southers to discuss police reform, and hate/extremism associated with COVID-19.

NBC4 quoted SCI Director Erroll Southers in an article entitled, “The Insurrection Act was last used in the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Invoking it again could undo years of police reform, some warn.

May 31, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers provided real-time analysis for NBC4 News regarding the deployment of the National Guard in response to the violent protests in the city of Los Angeles.

SCI Director Erroll Southers was interviewed by ABC News Australia regarding the likelihood of extremist groups having infiltrated the current protests across the United States and the impact they may be having.

May 14, 2020

Etai Handman interviewed SCI Director Erroll Southers for the Counter-terrorism Today Podcast, a joint project between the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism and the IDC (Interdisciplinary Center) in Herzliya, Israel. The show is a bi-weekly program addressing issue and dilemmas in the field of counterterrorism, hosting special interviews with experts in the field. They discussion centered on, “The Effects of COVID-19 on National Security.”

May 13, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers gave a talk on the “The Virus of Hate” for the U.S.-French City-To-City Professional Exchange Program Teleconference on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE). The program was the facilitated by the World Learning Program partnering with the United States Embassy in Paris.

SCI Director Erroll Southers delivered a lecture on “The Virus of Hate” for the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel International Institute for Counter-Terrorism. The ICT decided to use its unique global network of world leading experts in counter-terrorism to develop a special online series of short lectures as part of their new “Counterterrorism – Defense and Security” Program. Dr. Southers is an ICT Visiting Fellow and member of the International Counter-Terrorism Review (ICTR).

May 12, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers was appointed to the USC Project Restart – Community Collaboration Working Group, being managed by Samuel Garrison, Interim Senior Vice President, University Relations. Project Restart is our campus-wide effort to return to on-campus living, learning and working, involving working groups of more than 100 faculty, staff and students.

May 10, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers was quoted in the Los Angeles Times article, “Latest far-right tactic: Naming names, threatening people who report on coronavirus violations.”

May 4, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers was a guest on the Bedrosian Center podcast Unfair Nation, hosted by Bedrosian Visiting Fellow Ehsan Zaffar, to discuss “The Virus of Hate – Why the Coronavirus Has Become a Battle Cry for Extremists.” The show focused on the increased activities of hate and extremist related incidents with a nexus to COVID-19.

May 1, 2020

The Safe Communities Institute joined the USC Pacific Asia Museum, USC Shoah Foundation, USC Office of Equity and Diversity, and the USC Department of Public Safety for a webinar entitled, “Stronger Than Hate – Resources and Solutions at USC.” The forum harnessed the power of USC’s resources in the area of hate and extremism, outlining tangible resources and real solutions to better help our community navigate the complex challenges presented by this crisis.

April 29, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers was appointed to the Technical Advisory Group for the Mayor’s Roadmap to Recovery. Dr. Southers will be examining the critical infrastructure issues related to the City of Los Angeles proposed phased recovery from COVID-19.

April 27, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers was quoted in a Viterbi School of Engineering Magazine article entitled, “Can A Building Help Thwart The Next Active Shooter,” a research project engaging virtual reality technology in considering a future in which building security provides a dynamic response to active shooters.

April 23, 2020

Erroll Southers gave a talk entitled, “The Virus of Hate,” as part of Price Talks: Policy in a Pandemic, a virtual series examining policy challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the full version or the highlights.

April 17, 2020

Publication: Building Preparedness in Response to Active Shooter Incidents: Results of Focus Group Interviews – International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction; Corresponding author: Burcin Becerik-Gerber; Listed co-author(s): Mr. Runhe Zhu, Dr. Gale Lucas, Dr. Erroll Southers.

April 2, 2020

In response to COVID-19, SCI Director Erroll Southers wrote “From the Desk of the Director – The Virus of Hate”, highlighting the ongoing threat of homegrown violent extremists, seeking to leverage the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

February 27, 2020

Channel Q’s Ally Johnson interviewed SCI Director Erroll Southers regarding the declaration of a National Emergency in response to the coronavirus global pandemic, on the show Drop The Subject.

February 27, 2020

New America awarded a position as an International Security Program (ISP) Fellow to SCI Director Erroll Southers to “focus on issues of homegrown violent extremism, recruitment and radicalization, as it relates to the domestic terrorism landscape.” New America is a think tank focused on a range of public policy issues, including national security studies, technology, asset building, health, gender, energy, education, and the economy.

February 6, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers presented a session on "The Current State of Homegrown Violent Extremism" to the PAC-12 Chiefs Meeting, hosting the police chiefs of the schools representing the Pacific-12 Conference.

The Safe Communities Institute hosted a delegation of counterterrorism experts from the Philippines, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The session was entitled, “Strong Cities, Strong Partnerships: A Comprehensive Approach To Preventing Terrorism In Southeast Asia: A Project for Philippines,” and featured a presentation by SCI Director Erroll Southers on “The Current State of Homegrown Violent Extremism in the United States.”

February 4, 2020

SCI Director Erroll Southers presented a session on Homegrown Violent Extremism and Protecting Houses of Worship at the First Christian Church in Studio City.

January 31, 2020

Safe Communities Director Erroll Southers was a guest on Stephanie Miller’s Happy Hour Podcast this week, to discuss counterterrorism and his role as a judge on BravoTV’s new show “Spy Games.”

January 28, 2020

The Safe Communities Institute hosted a delegation of counterterrorism experts from the Philippines, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The session was entitled, “Strong Cities, Strong Partnerships: A Comprehensive Approach To Preventing Terrorism In Southeast Asia: A Project for Philippines,” and featured a presentation by SCI Director Erroll Southers on “The Current State of Homegrown Violent Extremism in the United States.”

November 20, 2019

The Safe Communities Institute hosted the U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program delegation from the Kyrgyz Republic to discuss Human Rights & Countering Violent Extremism: Supporting Police Partners & the Penal System.

November 16, 2019

The Safe Communities Institute presented a session on Homegrown Violent Extremism & Protecting Houses of Worship at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.

November 13, 2019

The Safe Communities Institute presented a session on Homegrown Violent Extremism & Protecting Houses of Worship at a meeting of the Irvine Police Department Interfaith Council.

November 8, 2019

The Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Safe Communities Institute, in partnership with the Annenberg School of Communication hosted the USC Homegrown Violent Extremism Digital Summit. The Summit, offered exclusively online and at no cost, featured three panels: 1) Surviving Extremist Violence, 2) Extremism and Digital Media and 3) The Path Out of Extremism. 

November 6, 2019

Erroll Southers spoke at the Los Angeles Police Department Terrorism Liaison Officer Summit on the topic of Homegrown Violent Extremism.

October 29, 2019

Erroll Southers was an invited speaker at the 7th Annual Real Estate Conference. His presentation was entitled, Safety Concerns for Real Estate Owners Related to Shootings & Terrorism.

October 17, 2019

USC Price Professor David Sloane moderated a discussion with New York Times columnist David Sanger and Erroll Southers for the George Washington Leadership Lecture: Leadership and the Challenges of National Security at the Fred W. Smith National Library, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

October 16, 2019

Congressmember Karen Bass joined Erroll Southers at the USC Annual Conversations in Washington, D.C. for a discussion on Homegrown Violent Extremism and Protecting Houses of Worship at the USC DC Center.

October 14, 2019

Erroll Southers moderated a discussion at the USC Price Annual Conversations in New York on Homegrown Violent Extremism and Protecting Houses of Worship at The Harvard Club of New York City. Former FBI Agent and Brennan Center Fellow Michael German, Anti-Defamation League Associate Regional Director Rachel Grinspan and Mark Molinari, Deputy Inspector, Commanding Officer Hate Crimes Task Force for the New York Police Department joined him.

September 30, 2019

The Safe Communities Institute presented Homegrown Violent Extremism & Protecting Houses of Worship at the annual Shul by the Pool event.

September 13, 2019

The Safe Communities Institute hosted the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program. The delegation represented A Project for Austria entitled, Building Strong Partnerships: A Comprehensive Approach to Preventing Terrorism. The SCI presented The Current State of Homegrown Violent Extremism to the group, joined by UCLA Prof. Alexandra Lieben, who lectures in the SCI Public Safety Leadership and Executive Leadership Programs on Conflict Mediation, Dispute Resolution,

September 10, 2019

The Safe Communities Institute presented Homegrown Violent Extremism & Protecting Houses of Worship to the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders, hosted by the Ward A.M.E. Church.

September 5, 2019

Erroll Southers was the featured guest speaker at the “First Friday Salon” at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills. His talk was on “The Current State of Homegrown Violent Extremism.”