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Ohio & Texas shootings
By:American Human Rights Council (AHRC)
Date: Monday, 5 August 2019, 6:53 pm

August 5, 2019
AHRC News & Views
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NGO in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations

AHRC: After El Paso and Dayton mass murders, time for the US Government to Re-examine its Approach to American Right- Wing Extremism and White Supremacy:
The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the nation in expressing grief and sorrow for the loss of innocent lives in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio.

The two heinous crimes in Texas and Ohio within less than 24 hours apart indicate that we have a crisis in this country. Time is overdue for a serious conversation over two issues: Gun violence right-wing extremism and white supremacy.

AHRC calls on President Trump, the US Congress, local and state officials to actively engage will all stakeholders in a unified effort to provide security and prevent violent attacks. The heated rhetoric in this country, especially from top officials, is contributing to divisiveness and creating an environment where acts of hate and violence seemingly have become a daily reality. Heated rhetoric does not solve problems. It aggravates them.

The problem facing this country is not only a law enforcement problem. It is a political problem created by real people, especially those in positions of authority. We should all engage in dialogue and in serious efforts to tackle the real problems this country faces. We have to come up with sensible gun reform that prevents similar future attacks. We also have to take domestic extremism and terrorism seriously.

The country should consider domestic extremism and terrorism as dangerous as the foreign- inspired variety. Both victimize innocent people and impose a heavy toll on American society. Millions of Americans are not old enough to remember the Oklahoma City bombing of April 19, 1995. That was a massive domestic terrorism attack committed by White Christian extremists who considered the US government the enemy of the people. In the aftermath of that bombing, the government realized the seriousness of domestic terrorism and took a number of serious measures to counter it. We urge the government to treat domestic terrorism and extremism with the same focus it had after the Oklahoma City bombing.

"Hate is hate and extremism is extremism regardless of the identity of the hated and demonized," said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. "We hope we as a country have the courage and wisdom to deal with the real issues of gun violence, domestic terrorism and extremism," concluded Hamad.

AHRC Observes National Night Out on Crime on August 6, 2019:

On August 6, 2019 from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, the Dearborn Police Department (DPD) will celebrate National Night Out on Crime aiming to increase awareness regarding crime prevention and to strengthen the community-police partnership.

In addition to increasing awareness of crime prevention programs, this event is designed to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized, working with police and are fighting back against crime. National Night Out falls on the Primary Elections day in Michigan. The formal opening ceremony and program will begin at 5:00 p.m.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the Dearborn Police Department's East parking lot located at 16099 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. It will include free hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream, kids' bounce house, dunk tank, prizes, citizens' awards and crime prevention information. The Dearborn Police Department will feature its new Ford Police cars, SWAT Team, Bomb Squad, Bicycle Patrol, K-9 Unit, and Police Command Post. The Dearborn Fire Department will have demonstrations of its newest Fire Truck and Rescue and Vehicle Extraction.

Dearborn Police Chief Haddad will attend the event and requests that all Dearborn residents turn on their porch lights on August 6, 2019 to support National Night Out on Crime and to make an extra effort to look out for their neighbors.

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) strongly encourages all residents to attend and actively participate in this year's National Night Out On Crime events in Dearborn, Hamtramck, Detroit and all other cities where similar events are organized.

"The community- police partnership is indispensable to have safe and strong communities," said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. "Events like National Night Out are important in building trust between the police and the communities they serve," added Hamad. "There are no safe communities unless the police and communities trust each other and work together," concluded Hamad.

American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA)
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