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SPLC Action Fund Opposes HR 6090, the Antisemitism Awareness Act

WASHINGTON — Today, the SPLC Action Fund announced its opposition to HR 6090, known as the Antisemitism Awareness Act, in a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of its passage. The SPLC Action Fund urges the U.S. Senate to reject this flawed legislation.

“Combatting antisemitism — and other acts of hate and bias — is essential to the work the SPLC does to build an inclusive, multiracial democracy,” said Sakira Cook, federal policy director at the SPLC Action Fund. “Given the disturbing rise in antisemitic violence, it is important that our elected officials prioritize meaningful legislation to address the root causes of hate-motivated acts of violence.”

“Unfortunately, this legislation would only increase division and polarization — and do nothing to meaningfully counter antisemitism,” continued Cook. “HR 6090 isolates antisemitism from other forms of bigotry, such as anti-Black and anti-Asian racism, and underscores the need for a more robust interracial and intercommunal approach to combating antisemitism in America.”

“Instead of this flawed legislation, we urge Congress to appropriate $10 million to fund and implement the commitments made at the White House United We Stand Summit. And we call on all those who oppose this narrow and highly politicized definition of antisemitism to contact their Senators and encourage them to reject the Antisemitism Awareness Act,” concluded Cook.