Music and Its Role in Violent Extremism
Friday, March 18
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Violent racist music is the most powerful recruiting tool that white supremacist groups use to lure youth.
Christian Picciolini was a well-loved kid from a good family who became a leader of the early American racist skinhead movement. He was the singer in the first white power band from the US to play in Europe. He now runs a nonprofit called Life After Hate that helps pull at-risk individuals away from racism.
Music was integral in Christian's recruitment and he used it as a powerful tool to recruit others. Christian, along with an expert panel, will explore the phenomenon and present ways to counter its message.
Life After Hate
Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, an author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and...Show the rest
Christian Picciolini is an award-winning television producer, an author, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose are born of an ongoing and profound need to atone for a grisly past, and to make something of his time on this planet by contributing to the greater good.
After leaving the violent hate movement he was part of during his youth, he began the painstaking process of rebuilding his life. While working for IBM, Picciolini earned a degree from DePaul University and later began his own global entertainment media firm.
In 2010 and 2011, he was nominated for three regional Emmy Awards for his role as executive producer of JBTV, one of America’s longest-running music television programs. He has worked as an adjunct professor at the college level, and as the community partnerships manager for Threadless.
Most notably, in 2010 he co-founded Life After Hate, a nonprofit dedicated to helping others gain the knowledge necessary to implement long-term solutions that counter all types of racism and violent extremism.
In 2015, Picciolini published his memoir, 'Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead,' where he details his involvement in and de-radicalization from the early American white power skinhead movement.Hide the rest
Matt Chandler is a Partner at Frontier Solutions, a Washington, DC- based strategic advisory, government affairs, and communications consulting firm. From 2009 to 2014, Matt served in a number of s...Show the rest
Matt Chandler is a Partner at Frontier Solutions, a Washington, DC- based strategic advisory, government affairs, and communications consulting firm. From 2009 to 2014, Matt served in a number of senior roles at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including Deputy Chief of Staff and acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. In these roles, he managed issues and programs related to counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, and countering violent extremism in coordination with the White House, DHS component agencies and other federal, state and local partners. Matt is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council and a graduate of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He resides in Denver, Colorado.Hide the rest
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