Last year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program in Minneapolis. The premise of the program is that Muslims, and, specifically, Somali youth have a high propensity for violence and present a threat to our community. As the neighborhood organization for Cedar Riverside, the West Bank Community Coalition (WBCC) strongly rejects the premise of this program and its impact on the community.
The reality is that 94% of threats to homeland security are committed by people who are neither Muslim nor Somali. Still, the CVE program treats our youth as potential criminals and seeks to spy on and profile them. By isolating Somali youth, the program will further stigmatize them and widen the disparities facing this population in education, employment, and other areas of well-being. You can read more about the dangers of the CVE program in this MinnPost article.
The stigma created by this program has a real impact in the lives of our youth and this negative labeling does more harm than any program that will be funded by this effort. Help us lift up the voices of our youth by signing the petition and adding your support.