Remembering Tragedy in El Paso

El Paso

The El Paso Attack: We Remember

Two years after the deadly El Paso attack, anti-Latino and anti-immigrant hate and extremism persists. The threat of domestic extremism remains significant. Online hate and disinformation has been an undeniable contributor to its rise and influence. We need to root out and address this hateful rhetoric before more communities suffer at the hands of extremists.

 

On August 3, 2019, the community in El Paso, TX suffered unspeakable tragedy when 23 people were murdered and 23 more were injured by a white supremacist gunman. This shooting was the deadliest white supremacist attack in the United States in more than 50 years and it was the most horrific attack against the U.S. Latino community. The perpetrator was later charged with hate crimes.

We remember the lives lost and the people who were injured.

Two years after the El Paso attack, the threat of domestic extremism remains significant. After the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, the intelligence community recognized white supremacist extremism as a top threat. We commend the government’s first-ever comprehensive interagency strategy focused specifically on countering the threat of domestic violent extremism. The strategy – similar to ADL’s PROTECT Plan – prioritizes whole-of-society solutions to addressing extremism in America, while protecting civil liberties.

Online hate and disinformation have also been undeniable contributors to the rise and influence of domestic extremism. We have seen too often how easily unchecked hateful online content can spread dangerous fringe ideologies. We need to root out and address this hateful rhetoric before more communities suffer at the hands of extremists. It’s up to all of us to enact meaningful change.

Statement of Solidarity: ADL and other nonprofit organizations call for government, the tech industry and civil society to commit to fighting racism, extremism and disinformation on digital platforms.

Commemorative Events:

El Paso comes together with events to commemorate and heal as a community.

Learn More and Take Action:

The PROTECT Plan

Support this plan which prioritizes whole-of-society solutions to addressing extremism in America, while protecting civil liberties. 

 

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The PROTECT Plan

Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

Urge Congress to pass this act which was introduced to address the growing threat of white supremacist groups and other violent domestic extremists.

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Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

Latinx Community

Learn more about how ADL works with the Latinx community toward a more just an inclusive society.


 

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Latinx Community

The REPAIR Plan

Join us in pushing back on hate in the digital world and in calling for greater accountability from social media companies.

 

 

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The REPAIR Plan

Immigration Fact Sheet

Learn more with this resource in English and Spanish and which contains information and sources that set the record straight and aims to mitigate the damage caused by disinformation about immigrants.
 

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Immigration Fact Sheet

Talking to Young People about the El Paso Shooting

After a national tragedy, parents and teachers have unfortunately had to talk with their children and students about mass shootings and anti-immigrant bias.

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Talking to Young People about the El Paso Shooting