AEU Fights Against Gun Violence and Hate Crimes
The American Ethical Union (AEU) renewed its membership with the Campaign to Stop Gun Violence
, a coalition of national organizations demanding that policy makers enact better laws to keep our communities free from gun violence. The coalition includes organizations that focus on issues such as religion, civil rights, domestic violence prevention, the legal profession, women's rights, human rights, and suicide prevention. It was created by the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV)
in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in Tucson in January 2011 – where a mentally ill young man was able to legally purchase firearms and ammunition. Read the Campaign's press release
addressing the shooting massacres in Aurora, Colorado on July 20 and Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5.
The AEU joined over 150 organizations in submitting a letter written by the
urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearings on
hate crimes and hate groups in the U.S. The letter
cites recent attacks against Sikhs, Jews, and African Americans and refers to the need for improvement on hate crime data collection and prevention measures. The Sikh Coalition was born in the aftermath of bigotry, violence, and discrimination against New York City's Sikh population following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Coalition works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, they work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be.