The Trump’s Administration just officially defunded America’s top program to combat homegrown, white nationalist terrorism in the United States. We first reported Trump’s decision four months ago based on a Reuters exclusive story, but today it’s become official.
The Department of Homeland Security, who runs the Countering Violent Extremism program released this year’s $10 million dollar funding list, and deradicalizing neo-Nazis is officially no longer a priority of the federal government. Politico reports that the violent extremist rehabilitation and support group Life After Hate will not get money from Trump’s DHS:
The Department of Homeland Security is restarting a stalled $10-million grant program for “Countering Violent Extremism” this morning.
Life After Hate, a group dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, was slated to get $400,000 in the final days of the Obama administration before the program was halted for review, but the Trump administration dropped them from the new grant list that’s getting announced today.
Life After Hate was founded and is staffed by recovering members of far-right extremist groups. will have to rely exclusively on private donations to carry out its mission of using compassion and understanding, to help America’s most violent skinheads to peacefully reintegrate into society.
Ironically, the Government Accountability Office’s just released a report this April called “COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM Actions Needed to Define Strategy and Assess Progress of Federal Efforts,” which today’s budget cuts ignore entirely. (It’s embedded below).
The federal report proves statistically that Trump is dead wrong, Americans have a greater risk of being murdered or harmed by white nationalist terrorism, than all other categories of terrorist.
Politico reports that Life After Hate has received a 20-fold increase in calls for help from people seeking to escape the impact of having friends or relatives caught in Trump’s ever-expanding vortex of racial hatred.
Unless there’s a major surge in donations to Life After Hate, the group will be unable to serve the many thousands of our fellow citizens harmed by the unchecked expansion of race hate in Trump’s America, including neo-Nazis looking for a way out.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition