WASHINGTON - In the wake of the tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend, the League of Women Voters of the United States joins the Leadership Conference and other partner organizations, including Voto Latino and NAACP LDF, in condemning white supremacy and demanding real reform to combat hate:
"The tragedies of this past weekend represent a confluence of two dangerous forces: the rise of white supremacist terror and our federal government’s inaction on commonsense gun safety. Both deserve sweeping and consequential action by our elected leaders. Every person in our country should feel safe while shopping, enjoying a night out with friends, attending school or religious services, or engaging in any other lawful activity. Instead, white supremacist violence against communities of color continues to escalate under the administration’s watch.
"When the president and his enablers routinely denigrate and dehumanize certain communities, he gives permission to white supremacists to commit horrific violence — violence that is at a level unprecedented in more than 20 years. None of this is acceptable. None of this is normal. Our organizations are united in saying that Members of Congress can no longer look away as communities of color are murdered with impunity. We must all unite and demand accountability."