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US legislation on whitesupremacist terror cites Quebec City mosque shooting

first_imgWASHINGTON – Legislation in the United States Congress aimed at countering white-supremacist violence cites the killings in a Quebec City mosque as one of several cautionary examples of the threat of domestic terrorism.The killing of six people in the Canadian mosque last year is among just over a half-dozen incidents cited in a bill introduced this month in the House of Representatives, the companion to a bill introduced earlier in the U.S. Senate.The text of the legislation refers to a right-wing extremist who had expressed anti-Muslim views being charged with murder for allegedly killing six people and injuring 19 in a shooting rampage at a mosque in Quebec City.“It was the first-ever mass shooting at a mosque in North America,” says the text of the legislation for Bill 4918, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2018.“Prime Minister Trudeau labelled it a terrorist attack.”The bill also mentions a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin; the Charlottesville white-supremacist rally; a shooting at a Jewish community centre in Kansas; the murder of an African-American man in New York City; and the mass-shooting in a Charleston church.It cites statistics indicating that since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, far more Americans have been killed by white, right-wing terrorists than by radical Muslims.The bill would require the federal government to produce annual reports on domestic terrorism, provide training for local law enforcement to better recognize the threat and steer certain law-enforcement funds toward the issue.The bill’s sponsor said the problem is worse than commonly recognized.“I urge my colleagues to join me in the urgent effort to address the dramatically rising threat of domestic terrorism,” said Brad Schneider, an Illinois Democrat, while introducing the bill in the House of Representatives.“A recent FBI-Department of Homeland Security joint intelligence bulletin found white supremacist organizations were responsible for 49 homicides and 29 attacks from 2000 to 2016 — more than any other domestic extremist movement.”The bill’s chances of adoption are far from assured.Only a tiny minority of bills introduced in the U.S. Congress become law and this one was introduced by the minority party in both chambers: five Democrats co-sponsored the bill in the House of Representatives, while 13 Democrats co-sponsored it in the Senate.The U.S. Congress did pass a symbolic resolution last fall in the wake of the Charlottesville incident, urging the president to speak out against hate groups that espouse racism, extremism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy and to use all resources available to fight those groups.Also, the new director of the FBI says there are currently 1,000 open investigations into domestic terrorist groups — with a similar number of probes into groups with radical Islamist ideology.Alexandre Bissonnette faces 12 charges — including six counts of first-degree murder — in connection with the Quebec City attack. His trial is scheduled to begin on March 26.last_img read more

NeYo and Olympic Legends Support Day for Kids

first_imgImagine seeing Grammy award-winning singer Ne-Yo in a tug-of-war with Olympic Legends Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Gail Devers on his side – and all 3 of them losing to a group of kids from the Boys & Girls Club!Ne-Yo, Jackie and Gail struggling at Tug-of-WarAll three celebrities took part in the huge National event kicking off Day For Kids, an initiative which launched on September 7th, in Atlanta, with more events to follow across the country throughout the months of September and October. The events are aimed at encouraging adults to act like kids again, to remind them how important childhood is, and to help children everywhere enjoy their childhood, since so many nowadays are facing critical issues like poverty, obesity, bullying and other problems.Ne-Yo, Jackie and Gail enjoyed the Day for KidsNational Statistics today show: 15.1 million school-age children are home without adult supervision after school every day One in five children live in poverty One in four high school students fail to graduate each year Nearly 4,400 juveniles will be arrested every day One-third of American children are obese or overweightBut, one day can help change this trajectory and put them on the path to a great future. For many at-risk youth, that’s the day they enter a Boys & Girls Club to get the needed resources and support to help them develop into productive adults.To elevate the critical issues facing youth in our country, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is leading this nationwide initiative. The Day for Kids events bring together hundreds of adults to participate in fun childhood field day activities, including relay races, tug-of-war and dodge ball.Speaking to the crowd, Ne-Yo talked about his history with the Boys & Girls Club, saying, “The Boys and Girls Club helped me gain the self confidence to go ahead and do what it is that I knew that I was destined to do.”Ne-Yo is grateful that he grew up with the Boys’ & Girls’ Club.When interviewed later, he added, “…I feel like, in that I come from here, for me to come back and to show these kids my success is inspiration for them to then go off and be great themselves… I would not be who I am if not for the Boys and Girls Club.”To find out what is happening near you, contact your local Boys & Girls Club, or visit the Day For Kids website.last_img read more