Reinstate funding to fight white supremacy terrorism

Reinstate funding to fight white supremacy terrorism

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Reports this month revealed that a trained white supremacist ‘Fight Club’ was responsible for bringing violence to Charlottesville. The ‘Rise Above Movement’ - a militant white supremacist movement in Southern California - met regularly in public parks to practice Mixed Martial Arts, to specifically use violence against their perceived foes.

For over a year, this white supremacist ‘Fight Club’ has been bringing violence to protests in California; labeling themselves as ‘foot soldiers’ against entities that threaten white supremacy. Four of the group’s members travelled to Charlottesville in August 2017, specifically to commit violent acts. During the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, these men attacked, punched and head-butted counter protesters - taping their fists before the rally.

White supremacist groups, like the ‘Rise Above Movement’, will continue to threaten and harm communities in America, unless the House of Representatives reinstates funding for countering all violent hate groups in America, including violent white supremacists.

While these four men are not associated with the man who drove a car into a crowd, stealing Heather Hayer’s life, they are a part of a larger surge in white supremacy violence since 2016. Before Charlottesville, the Trump administration had already removed white nationalist and supremacy groups from a Department of Homeland Security initiative to counter violent extremism.

Over the last few years, the number of  hate crimes committed by white supremacists has been on the rise. Just in 2017, the number of people murdered by white supremacists doubled, accounting for 53% of all extremist-group led murders.

Failure to work towards countering all forms of violent extremism is negligent and could cost more lives, like Heather Hayer, in the future. Sign this petition and tell the House of Representatives to direct funding for countering violent white supremacy. 

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