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NCJ Number: 229891 Find in a Library
Title: Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States
Corporate Author: White House
United States of America
Date Published: August 2011
Page Count: 12
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Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper outlines the Federal Government’s strategy for supporting and assisting local communities in their grassroots efforts to prevent violent extremism.
Abstract: The strategy commits the Federal Government to improved efforts in sharing more information about the threat of radicalization, strengthening cooperation with local law enforcement, and assisting communities in better understanding and protecting themselves from violent extremist propaganda, especially online. In the course of this effort, priority will be given to upholding the civil rights and civil liberties of every American. The strategy is guided by six principles. First, the building of partnerships and support to local communities must be based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding. Second, a wide range of good-governance programs must be used to prevent radicalization that lead to violence, including those that promote immigrant integration and civic engagement, protect civil rights, and provide social services. Third, support for local capabilities and programs must address problems of national concern. Fourth, government officials and the American public should not stigmatize or blame communities because of the actions of a few individuals. Fifth, strong religious beliefs should never be confused with violent extremism. Sixth, although illegal activities will not be tolerated, opposition to government policy is neither illegal nor unpatriotic and does not make someone a violent extremist.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Counter-terrorism tactics; Federal programs; Governmental planning; Interagency cooperation; Intergovernmental relations; Local; Local government; Violence prevention
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