Urge Congress to Assess the Threat Posed by White Supremacist Ideologies

Six months after the horrific mass shootings at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue, another anti-Semitic gunman consumed by hateful white supremacist ideology gunned down congregants at the Poway Chabad near San Diego, killing Lori Gilbert Kaye and injuring three others.

This is not our first, nor will it be the last, encounter with this evil. Christchurch, Jeffersontown, Pittsburgh, Quebec City, Charlottesville, Charleston, Oak Creek, and many others were acts inspired by violent white supremacist ideology. These crimes victimize entire communities where people no longer feel safe to practice their religion or families attend religious services at churches, synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras or attend communal events.

The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, convened by AJC and Islamic Society of North America, is calling on Congress to respond to the threats to our society posed by those subscribing to white supremacist ideologies. We ask you to urge Congress to make confronting this menacing violence a national priority.

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Take Action to Assess Violence Posed by White Supremacist Ideologies
Dear (recipient name),

On the last day of Passover, a 19-year-old opened fire at the Chabad of Poway near San Diego, California, killing a 60-year old woman and injuring three others, including an eight-year-old girl. This shooter claims to have set fire to a mosque a week earlier. This attack comes six months after the horrific mass shootings at the Pittsburgh synagogue and weeks after the massacre at the New Zealand mosques. Jeffersontown, Quebec City, Charlottesville, Charleston, and Oak Creek – along with many other attacks and foiled attacks – were motivated by white supremacist ideology.

I write to urge you to hold hearings to assess the rise in violence committed by persons subscribing to white supremacist ideologies. I recognize that this issue impacts several committees and ask that you use your leadership on your committee to tackle this issue.

While the Government must address all forms of bias and hate that lead to criminal action, a comprehensive examination of violence motivated by white supremacist ideology is long overdue. In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that white supremacist groups had already carried out more attacks than any other domestic extremist group over the past 16 years and were likely to carry out more attacks in the coming year. A recent examination of the subject that appeared in the New York Times (“Threat of White Nationalism,” Nov. 3, 2018) made clear that Federal and State governments lack sufficient knowledge concerning the presence and threat of white supremacist groups and of when individuals are likely to act upon their ideology with violence. I do not ask Congress to regulate thoughts or beliefs but instead to investigate whether:

• law enforcement and interagency task forces have adequate resources to address these threats,
• new Federal legislation is needed to confront the challenges of violence posed by these groups,
• certain public institutions, such as prisons, are particular sites of susceptibility to the propagation of domestic extremist ideologies, and
• how technology and social media can be used to counter extremist content and radicalization.

Please urge your colleagues in the Senate to take action now.

Thank You,

[First Name] [Last Name]