CDP Statement on July 22, 2011 Attacks in Norway

Resolution Number 11-07.35L

Whereas, The deadly attacks on government offices and a gathering of young political activists in Norway were carried out by an individual associated with the far right who held virulently anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim beliefs, and were aimed at institutions and individuals who, like us, are dedicated to the principles of integration, democracy and respect for differences, and

Whereas, News coverage of the attacks have too often shied away from referring to them as acts of terrorism, reinforcing the erroneous and dangerous notion that violent extremism is the purview solely of Islamic extremists, and

Whereas, Overt appeals to racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia and intolerance have been allowed to enter into the mainstream of political discourse throughout the world, with leading figures on the right in both Europe and the United States going so far as to blame the Norway attacks on Muslim immigration,

Therefore Be It Resolved, that the California Democratic Party condemns all terrorists attacks that cause horrible suffering in the wake of acts of violence whether it be the killing of young leaders as happened in Norway or the loss of thousands in the World Trade Center attack or the senseless bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma or the murdering of innocents in Mumbai, and

Be it Further Resolved, that the California Democratic Party extends its deepest and most heartful1 condolences to those most recent victims of terrorism in Norway and affirms that it stands together with the Norwegian Labor Party and its youth organization, AUF, in recommitting ourselves to the fight for multiculturalism, tolerance and equality, precisely these principles which came so brutality under attack on July 22nd, 2011.

Submitted by Daraka Larimore-Hall, Chair, Santa Barbara County Democratic Central Committee

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Sheraton Park Hotel, Anaheim
July 31, 2011

 

 

 

 

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