SAALT on the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

With the opening of the White House Summit on the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program this week, SAALT continues to stand in opposition to this program. CVE is centered around the problematic concept of requiring Muslim individuals, institutions, and community organizations to question, spy, and report members of their own community for alleged terrorist activity. It is also based on the dominant and flawed narrative of violence and terrorism being patently attached to Islam, which is inaccurate and divisive. This narrative is especially troubling in the face of growing hate violence in this country targeted at Muslims, those perceived to be Muslim, and communities of color at large. SAALT documented many of these incidents, including those that are underreported or ignored in mainstream media, in our recent report Under Suspicion, Under Attack and many more have been in the news in just the last few months. The execution-style murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the latest in these egregious attacks on Muslims in the United States. It is time to have a richer and deeper discussion on the breadth of violent extremism in this country, one that honors the slew of victims of domestic extremism.