Help Christian Picciolini and the Free Radicals Project in their mission to break hate and put an end to racist violence by donating now, and/or sharing this fundraising campaign. Use #HateIsNotAHoax and tag the Free Radicals Project on social media (Facebook: @FreeRadicalsProject, Twitter: @FreeRadicalsOrg, Instagram: @FreeRadicalsProject) to encourage others to join in combating hate and extremism.
Despite some pundits and politicians recently insisting that white-supremacist extremism is not a real threat to society, most individuals and communities across the U.S and around the world know all too well that #HateIsNotAHoax. For those affected by hate and white-supremacist violence, it's inconceivable to say this threat does not exist.
In 2017, after a tragedy occurred in Charlottesville, Christian founded the FREE RADICALS PROJECT, a global extremism disengagement framework to allow individuals to break away from hate and violence-based movements. Through a non-aggressive practice of resilience-building and cross-cultural immersions, Christian and the Free Radicals Project network help guide entrenched individuals toward an "exit ramp" where they can begin self-reflection and build a plan of resilience and positive action to repair harm.
While we've worked to build a global network of partners, the requests for help have quickly outgrown our capacity to provide it. We work on a volunteer basis, most often in-person, and offer these services free of charge, and we will continue to do so. But, the problem is much too big and the requests for help are growing too fast for our small volunteer staff to effectively service those in need and keep people safe. So much, we've had to prioritize and tell people to wait. We need your help to scale quickly now.
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Not a day goes by that we don't receive desperate requests from people who want to disengage and denounce their beliefs, or from a family member who is stunned by a loved one's spiral downward into extremism, afraid it's too late for them. Some days, our inbox, text messages, hotline, and social media messages are repositories of risk-assessments better suited for Homeland Security...if only someone there was focused on the threat of domestic white-supremacist extremism. Recently, the U.S. government eliminated funding for "de-radicalization" programs, despite the well-documented rise of domestic terrorism and warnings from experts like us and even those in their own administrations. Your support for our work is more critical than ever.
The demand for our intervention assistance has become too great and we need your help scaling these efforts. If people who are trapped by hate can't find a path toward healing, they often see no option but to go deeper, or sometimes much worse -- they act out violently. We've all felt the tragic effects of not intervening soon enough. With your help, we can outpace the threat and help off-ramp individuals earlier and quicker. "Deradicalization" is a necessary band-aid in these times. Even so, early prevention will remain key to our approach as we continue to build our team and network. It will take a global village to break hate. Help us in this historic moment.
Thank you for your ongoing support. Let's put an end to hate together.
Founder and Chief Radical, Free Radicals Project
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