DHS Task Force Recommends More Resources Towards Fighting Threat Of White Supremacy

December 17, 2019

(December 16, Los Angeles) 

White nationalist groups have increased by 50 percent in 2018 in just the US alone as reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This marks a trend of growth not only with white supremacist groups but with the rise in xenophobia-related hate crimes. Today, a Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) Task Force released Preventing Targeted Violence Against Faith-Based Communities. This report, compiled over several months finally acknowledges that (1) white supremacist violence and ideology is a threat and (2) that the government has not invested enough resources in addressing, investigating, and countering this threat. 

MPAC’s President and co-founder Salam Al-Marayati served as the Co-Vice Chair for this task force and served along with representatives from the Jewish, Sikh, and Christian faith communities. Together, this task force has created a set of recommendations for DHS and FBI, that include but are not limited to, annual reports on domestic terrorism, access to resources for faith-based organizaitons like grants, and community outreach and education. 

It is our hope that this task force will continue to serve as the intermediary between faith-based organizations and DHS. This is the first step that we can take to finally address an issue that has been plaguing our country since its inception. 


About MPAC

Founded in 1988, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is a national public affairs nonprofit working to promote and strengthen American pluralism by increasing understanding and improving policies that impact American Muslims. Over the past 30 years, MPAC has built a reputation of being a dynamic and trusted American Muslim voice for policymakers, opinion shapers, and community organizers across the country.

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