NEW YORK—Following the act of domestic terrorism in El Paso, Texas, Sayu Bhojwani, president and founder of New American Leaders, shared the following statement:
“Today, the people of El Paso were the victims of yet another horrendous act of domestic terrorism. As a community united against hate, New American Leaders is heartbroken and mourns alongside all who are impacted by this hate-driven act. We stand united with the people of El Paso and all who have been the victims of gun violence and hate across the country.
“Yet as we mourn, we must also turn our sorrow into action and speak out against hate. We have been in this very position far too often — these kinds of horrific attacks must be stopped. As a community of people of color, immigrants, and allies united against hate and violence, we call on Trump and his administration to cease pushing discriminatory, racist rhetoric and policies that fuel white supremacy and attacks like these in our country. We also call on our lawmakers to honor the memories of the victims in El Paso, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pennsylvania, Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina, and the countless other communities who have been violated by similar acts of hate-motivated gun violence by addressing the alarming rise of white nationalism and passing sensible gun reform legislation. Our very lives and communities depend on it.”