Several of the country’s most prominent equality advocacy groups announced Friday that they will join forces in their fight against extremist politicians and their “strong campaign of hate.”
The Greater Than Hate Coalition will serve as a public education campaign against hateful rhetoric by denouncing “the alarming wave of attacks against marginalized people.”
It will also use its collective power to stop minority-targeted legislation, which the group says has led to “a staggering increase in violence” against women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community.
The announcement was made in a joint statement shared with the Daily News by the eight groups that formed the coalition: the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Everytown for Gun Safety, NAACP, National Education Association, National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the Equality Federation, Asians Fighting Injustice and the National Center for Transgender Equality.
The multiracial and multicultural collective is especially focused on fighting the spate of discriminatory laws that are currently being introduced and enacted in parliaments across the country.
According to HRC, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, state legislators have introduced more than 435 anti-LGBTQ bills since January 1.
And as of March 1, 37 state legislatures have introduced bills that would ban all or most abortions, according to data compiled by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reproductive rights research.
“Politicians have decided that hate is a winning strategy, at the expense of the health, safety and even lives of women, LGBTQ+ people, people of color and people with disabilities,” said Fatima Goss Graves, President and NWLC CEO, adding her attempts to “legislate hate” will hurt people but ultimately fail.
“Together, our organizations and the majority of people in the United States who believe in equality, opportunity and freedom, will unite to stop the hate,” he said.