White House to hold summit on violent extremism, touting Minnesota practices
January 12, 2015 — 4:56pm
WASHINGTON -- White House officials said Monday they will hold a summit on countering violent extremism next month -- relying in part on the experiences of local Minneapolis/St. Paul officials.
The summit will highlight domestic and international work in preventing violent extremists and their supporters from "radicalizing, recruiting, or inspiring" individuals or groups in the United States.
Federal officials will home in on best practices from the Twin Cities, Boston and Los Angeles -- all three are part of a pilot project integrating social services, education and local law enforcement in countering violent messages in vulnerable communities.
"Through presentations, panel discussions and small group interactions, participants will build on local, state and federal government ... to better understand, identify and prevent the cycle of radicalization to violence at home," the White House said.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."