EJS Joins Alliance for Justice, 50 Plus Organizations, in Objecting to the Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) Hearings

Equal Justice Society has joined Alliance for Justice and more than 50 other organizations to send an open letter to Representative Peter King (R-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, strongly objecting to the committee’s hearings on the “radicalization” of American Muslims.

“Under the guise of homeland security, a member of the United States Congress is holding hearings that are intended to demonize entire communities of American Muslims,” said Eva Paterson, president of Equal Justice Society. “This sort of political farce is simply unacceptable. At a time when 25 percent of American children are living in poverty; when millions of people have lost their homes because of the recklessness of unregulated markets; when our democracy is being sold to the highest bidder, there are better uses of resources and time for our elected officials.”

“In objecting to these hearings, we are taking a stand against an effort that we fear will fan the flames of bigotry and hate against American Muslims,” Paterson added. “Have you no shame, Congressman King?”

The letter, signed by 55 organizations representing a wide range of constituencies, states that the hearings “will serve to further promote the demonization and scapegoating of millions of American Muslims, while providing little valuable insight into the prevention of domestic terrorism.” Click here to read the letter.

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