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Secretary Johnson Co-Authors Op-Ed in The Hill Urging Federal Action to Combat Violent Extremism

October 27, 2020

Litigation partner Jeh Johnson and Anti-Defamation League CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt co-authored an op-ed in The Hill, “Pittsburgh synagogue shooting was one of many warnings — but are we listening now?”

In the op-ed, the authors reflected on the two-year anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue shooting, in which an armed white supremacist terrorist took the lives of 11 worshippers. They discussed the many steps the federal government could take—including restoring and increasing funding to the Department of Homeland Security, passage of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, and Executive Orders for counter-terrorism strategy, among others—to combat the growing tide of white supremacism and the domestic-based violent extremism it fuels.

“Leaders who command the national stage actually do have the ability to lead and to set a climate for the nation,” the authors reflect. “Leaders who refuse to condemn hate and bigotry lower the bar for all the rest of us, make the previously deplorable acceptable, and — for the dangerous few who lurk among us — make violence inevitable.”

» read the op-ed

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