WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2019 – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Voto Latino, MoveOn, and 100 other civil rights and gun reform organizations issued the below statement in response to the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio:

“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, religious minorities, and other marginalized communities 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 and religious minorities are murdered with impunity. It is not enough for Republican leadership in Congress to offer thoughts and prayers, nor should they repeatedly blame gun violence on mental illness – an unfounded and harmful trope. We must all unite and demand accountability.”

The signatories are listed below.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Voto Latino




Advancement Project National Office

America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Teachers

American Humanist Association

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

Amnesty International USA

Andrew Goodman Foundation

Anti-Defamation League

Arab American Institute

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Black Women’s Roundtable

Black Youth Vote

Brennan Center for Justice

CAIR San Francisco Bay Area

Center for Community Change

Center for Community Self-Help

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Center for Popular Democracy

Center for Reproductive Rights

Center for Responsible Lending

Coalition on Human Needs

Common Cause


Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

End Citizens United Action Fund

Equal Justice Society

Faith in Public Life

Hip Hop Caucus

Hispanic Federation

Housing Choice Partners

Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights Watch

Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project

Interfaith Alliance

Japanese American Citizens League

Justice for Migrant Women

Justice in Aging

Lambda Legal


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

League of Women Voters

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Movement Advancement Project

Muslim Advocates


NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

National Association of Human Rights Workers

National Association of Social Workers

National Center for Law and Economic Justice

National Center for Learning Disabilities

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Council of Jewish Women

National Council on Independent Living

National Education Association

National Employment Law Project

National Fair Housing Alliance

National Health Law Program

National Hispanic Media Coalition

National Immigration Law Center

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Urban Indian Family Coalition

National Urban League

National Women’s Law Center

Native Organizers Alliance

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

People For the American Way

PFLAG National

Planned Parenthood Action Fund


Public Citizen

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice


Shriver Center on Poverty Law

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

South Asian Network

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center – SEARAC

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Arc of the United States

The Sikh Coalition


United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministrie

Voice of the Experienced

Welcoming America

Why Courts Matter – PA