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The Department of State was slated to host a virtual event on “Racism Being a Threat to National Security and Democracy” — featuring speakers from groups who’ve supported the defund the police movement.
Fox News reported that the Zoom conference for State Department employees was scheduled for Feb. 9, though it’s unclear if it ever took place.
Speakers of the event included former Rep. Tom Perriello, the executive director of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation; Diala Shamas, an attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights; and Eric Ward, executive director of Western States Center.
Center for Constitutional Rights, which has said it’s received “large donations” from the Open Society Foundation, demanded over the summer a $1 billion cut to the NYPD’s budget.
In June, Western States Center launched a “21-day pledge” for an “inclusive democracy.” It implored its followers to support the #DefundPolice movement and demanded that the United Nations investigate “present-day lynchings of Black Americans” — a reference to police-involved killings of black people.
Open Society Foundation, meanwhile, pledged $220 million toward “building power in Black communities across the country” in July.
The scheduled State Department event comes as President Biden has vowed to “confront and defeat” domestic terrorism and White supremacy following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the US Capitol.
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