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

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 X-Lab To read the full letter, click here.]]>

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