A Blueprint for Ending White Supremacist Violence

McCain Institute and Center for American Progress
April 21, 2021

11:00 A.M. ET

A joint Center for American Progress and McCain Institute for International Leadership event

White supremacist violence in the United States is not new, but in recent years, it has become a top national security threat. In October 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concluded that racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists, particularly white supremacist extremists, are “the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.”

To confront this issue, the Center for American Progress and the McCain Institute for International Leadership conducted a yearlong research project, convening a coalition of more than 150 leaders from the communities most affected by white supremacist violence, along with civil rights advocates and experts in law enforcement, counter-terrorism, and national security. The result is a blueprint that reflects a broad consensus on policies to tackle white supremacist violence while also respecting civil liberties and protecting vulnerable communities.

Please join the Center for American Progress and the McCain Institute for a discussion on how to end white supremacist violence. The event will begin with a discussion between members of Congress, moderated by former Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), followed by a panel of experts from the national security, faith, technology policy, racial justice, immigration, and civil rights spaces.

Introductory remarks:
Daniella Gibbs Léger, Executive Vice President for Communications and Strategy, Center for American Progress

Panel 1: A View From Capitol Hill
Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ)
Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL)

Moderator:
Doug Jones, former U.S. Senator for Alabama

Panel 2: A View From Stakeholders
Bishop Garrison, Senior Adviser to the Secretary of Defense for Human Capital, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, U.S. Department of Defense
Jessica González, Co-CEO, Free Press
Antonia Hernández, President and CEO, California Community Foundation
Sim J. Singh, Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy, Sikh Coalition

Moderators:
Katrina Mulligan, Acting Vice President, National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
Brette Steele, Senior Director for Preventing Targeted Violence, McCain Institute for International Leadership