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Campaign Urges Politicians to Denounce Hate

More than 700 organizations and individuals are backing We Are Better Than This, a new campaign that urges politicians, public figures and the media to “stop the spread of hate and division.”

The initiative, published in the New York Times Thursday, is a response to the recent hate crimes plaguing the nation such as the San Bernardino shooting and Donald Trump’s discriminatory comments on Muslims.

“…We are appalled by the surge of divisive rhetoric that sows the seeds of more violence to come…When has hate ever led to progress? Is this really what we want America to be,” the ad asks.

The coordinators of the movement believe the answer is “no.” That’s why their campaign is encouraging some of the most impactful leaders of the nation to promote positivity and demote negativity.

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“When public figures demonize whole swaths of people for their own political gain, they are complicit in the escalation from words to deeds that follow,” said Heather McGhee, president of Demos. “Now is the time for all Americans of good conscience to declare their side, and affirm that we are made strong by our diversity, and made strongest by our unity.”

In support of the movement, organizers have created a website, WeAreBetterThanThis.com, where supporters can sign a pledge to stand against the violence and discrimination.

Planned Parenthood, the NAACP, the ACLU, the American Federation of Teachers, the Working Families Party, the Islamic Society of North America are several of the institutions already on board.

Those groups are following in the footsteps of the nine organizations, including Demos, NARAL Pro-Choice America, United We Dream, that launched the effort.

“We have seen that dangerous and divisive words can lead to unspeakable tragedies,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. We have seen that the intentional misrepresentation of facts can inspire hate. And we have seen that dividing the nation makes us less safe not more safe.”

She continues, “Now we must decide if this is the path we want to continue down or if we’re finally ready to say enough is enough, hold leaders accountable and demand that they represent the best of America, not the worst.”