From: The Honorable Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Demand the President Counter Violent Right-Wing Extremism
Cosponsor the “Reaffirming DHS’ Commitment to Countering
All Forms of Violent Extremism Act”
Please join me in stopping President Trump’s dangerous efforts to narrowly focus the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) on just Islamic Extremism.
This bill would ensure that funds appropriated to DHS are used to address all forms of violent extremism in the United States. Numerous high-profile incidents over the past two weeks – including the shooting of a 39-year-old Sikh man by
a masked gunman saying “Get out of my country,” a deadly shooting attack in Kansas on two individuals from India, bomb threats against various community centers including Jewish Community Centers, and the desecration of graves at various Jewish cemeteries
– highlight the ongoing dangers posed by right-wing extremism. In fact, a
recent article from Newsweek, “Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America than ISIS,” argues that since 2002 right-wing militants “have killed more people in the United States than jihadis have.”
Since 2002, right-wing militants have killed more people in the United States than Islamic Extremists. Less than two years ago, white supremacist Dylann Roof massacred nine people in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
In October of 2016, three right-wing militia members were arrested for conspiring to bomb at a Kansas mosque and an apartment complex housing mostly Somali immigrants. On August 5, 2012, six worshippers were killed and four others injured when a lone gunman
with ties to multiple neo-Nazi groups fired on them in a Wisconsin Sikh temple.
At the inception of the interagency DHS-DOJ Task Force on CVE then Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch stated that “the federal government’s top priority is protecting the American people from
all forms of violent extremism.” President Trump’s effort to shift the focus of CVE to only on radical Islam will only further the narrative being used by terrorist groups, namely that America is at war with Islam.
My bill would ensure that money granted to countering violent Islamist extremism must be closely matched to programs that aim to tackle other forms of extremism. This will ensure the taskforce and its related programs remain true to their original intent
– to counter all forms of extremism endangering the welfare of Americans.
If you would like to cosponsor the bill please contact Eric Sundberg at
Eric.Sundberg@mail.house.gov and if you have any questions, please reach out to Oleg Svet at 202-225-1605 or
Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Member of Congress