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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Continues to Counter Hate-Fueled Violence | #schoolsaftey


One year ago today, President Biden and Vice President Harris hosted the United We Stand Summit to counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety, highlight the response of the Biden-Harris Administration and communities nationwide to these dangers, and put forward a shared, bipartisan vision for a more united America.

Hate must have no safe harbor in America. Even as our nation has endured a disturbing series of hate-fueled attacks—from Jacksonville to Oak Creek to Orlando, Charleston, Pittsburgh, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, and beyond —Americans of all beliefs and political affiliations remain overwhelmingly united in their opposition to such violence. When Americans cannot freely participate in the basic activities of everyday life—like going to school, shopping at the grocery store, or attending their house of worship—without fear of being targeted and killed for who they are, the very fabric of our society is at risk.

Since taking office, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken numerous steps to counter hate-fueled violence—from signing the bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, to releasing the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, to signing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant legislation in three decades to reduce gun violence. Today, on the first anniversary of the White House United We Stand Summit, the Biden-Harris Administration is providing an update on our efforts to prevent, respond to, and recover from hate-fueled violence, including by:

President Biden understands that addressing hate-based violence and fostering national unity cannot be accomplished by the government alone—instead, it requires an all-of-society effort and every American can play a role in advancing this cause. Several private sector partners continue to make progress on commitments announced at the United We Stand Summit, including:

  • Nearly 200 mayors have now signed the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate and Extremism. By joining this Compact, organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Anti-Defamation League, mayors commit to taking key actions to prevent and address hate-fueled violence and build bridges across differences to create respect for and inclusion of all peoples within their communities. The U.S. Conference of Mayors continues to support mayors’ implementation of the Compact, including by providing technical assistance and forums for discussion. In June, Second Gentleman Douglass Emhoff joined the Conference’s annual meeting to discuss mayors’ efforts to counter antisemitism.
  • Four major civic institutions—Catholic Charities USA, YMCA of the USA, Interfaith America, and Habitat for Humanity International—launched the Team Up Project, an ambitious initiative to promote unity by equipping community leaders with the skills and resources to bridge divides in communities across the United States. In May 2023, Team Up trained its first cohort of leaders, who are now working in 32 communities in 23 states to plan robust local bridgebuilding events over the next six months. For example, in Jacksonville, Florida, First Coast YMCA is partnering with the Jewish Community Alliance on the “Together Against Hate: Promoting Unity in Our Community” project to build a more inclusive Northeast Florida.
  • Following the announcement of its launch at the United We Stand Summit, Dignity.us engaged in an extensive research and stakeholder outreach sprint—including meeting with stakeholders across 50 states and tribal lands, interviewing hundreds of experts and affected community members, and commissioning a nationally represented survey—to better understand the challenges in preventing hate-fueled violence (HFV). In response to these findings, in the coming months Dignity.us will launch a new hub to help to unite the fields of preventive actors and targeted communities, bring in new strategic partners to anti-HFV coalitions, and work with innovators to catalyze new methods to address hate-animating narratives. Dignity.us’ leadership includes four former Directors of the White House Domestic Policy Council under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald J. Trump. 
  • The Trust for Civic Infrastructure, announced at the Summit, is committed to building a vibrant, diverse democracy for generations to come, as recommended in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences report, Our Common Purpose. The grantmaking collaborative will support local programming that brings residents to act on shared problems, building social trust and deepening democratic bonds. The Trust has a goal to secure $30 million in funding by the end of the year and it is completing a participatory design process to determine its grantmaking strategy. The Trust will begin investing in communities in January 2024, with a focus on supporting civic programming in rural America, including forging rural-urban connections and innovative civic infrastructure models that are equipped for the digital age.
  • Since the United We Stand summit, the McCain Institute’s Prevention Practitioners Network has grown to over 1,225 interdisciplinary professionals committed to preventing hate-fueled violence. The Network hosted two in-person symposia and five workshops with over 1,600 views; reached 1,709,345 concerned adults with the SCREEN Hate campaign; recruited 186 organizations to join a national directory of resources for youth at risk of hate fueled-violence; and published a comprehensive framework for preventing targeted violence, a framework for philanthropic investment in prevention, and a prioritized research agenda.

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