NHMC Joins Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Requesting Full Release of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Race Paper”

On May 30, 2018, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) joined over 40 civil rights and civil liberties organizations in requesting the release of the unredacted version of the “Race Paper,” a document also known as the “Growing Frequency of Race-Related Domestic Terrorist Violence.”

As the letter explains:

The Race Paper’s existence came to light recently as part of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, but the document itself was released in entirely redacted form. However, DHS’s recently filed declaration indicates that the document was intended to survey growing trends in domestic terrorism driven by race-related “extremist” ideologies and address the co-opting of peaceful protests by violent ideological actors. The declaration also reveals that DHS believes it has identified common indicators displayed by those engaging in domestic terrorism.

NHMC demands that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) release this document immediately. The public has a right to know if and how DHS is using race or other constitutionally protected categories as indicators of violent behavior.

The organizations that signed on to the letter include:

American Civil Liberties Union

Arab American Institute

Brennan Center for Justice

Campaign for Liberty

Campaign for Youth Justice

Center for Democracy & Technology

Center for Media Justice

Color of Change

Defending Rights and Dissent

Demand Progress Action

18MillionRising.org

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Free Press

Free Speech Coalition

Government Information Watch

Human Rights Watch

Juvenile Justice Coalition (Ohio)

Law for Black Lives – DC

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Media Freedom Foundation

MPower Change

Muslim Advocates

Muslim Justice League

NAACP

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Coalition Against Censorship

National Hispanic Media Coalition

National Immigration Law Center

National Juvenile Justice Network

National Lawyers Guild

National LGBTQ Task Force

New America’s Open Technology Institute

New Jersey Parents’ Caucus

PEN America

Project Censored

Restore The Fourth

The Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law The Constitution Project at POGO

The Southern Poverty Law Center

United Congregations of Metro East (Illinois)

Woodhull Freedom Foundation

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To read the full letter, click here.

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