Reinstate Life After Hate's federal grant to counter white supremacist extremism in the US
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"The Trump administration announced on Friday, June 23, 2017, the elimination of a federal grant that Life After Hate had won in January to counteract hate crimes, white supremacist extremism, and neo-Nazi/white nationalist online recruitment.
Life After Hate anticipated the $400,000 award as a recipient of the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Grant Program through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In January 2017, after the Trump administration entered the White House, new DHS Secretary John Kelly initiated a re-review of its grant programs, and on June 23, Life After Hate received notification of its removal from the approved list of funded organizations, without mentioning the specific criteria as to why their grant was rescinded.
Life After Hate provides direct service to individuals who want to leave behind their lives of racism and violent extremism. The organization trains and supports former hate group members as mentors and educators who de-radicalize and disengage potential violent extremists. In recent months, the organization has experienced a remarkable increase in phone calls and emails concerning the intensification and spread of hate speech and hate crimes stemming from the alt-right movement in the United States." - Life After Hate Website, https://www.lifeafterhate.org/donate2
This petition aims to urge the Trump Administration to reinstate this grant to Life After Hate so they can have the resources to continue their work in combating violent white supremacist extremism. Reinstating this grant will send a message that white supremacy is indeed terrorism, and is a serious problem in the United States that needs to be addressed.
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