Oversight Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on the Role of Violent Militias in Right-Wing Extremism

May 20, 2021
Press Release
Chairman Raskin to Hold Fifth Hearing in Subcommittee Series on Confronting Violent White Supremacy

Washington D.C. (May 20, 2021)—On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m., Rep. Jamie Raskin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hearing examining the role of militia groups in the current rise of violent right-wing extremism.

 

Over the past year, the militia movement has been the organizational backbone of extremist activity related to COVID-19 public health measures, racial justice demonstrations, and allegations of voter fraud.  The history of the militia movement is deeply intertwined with racism, and there has been increasing alignment between militia extremists and white supremacist activity, including when militia member Kyle Rittenhouse killed two protesters at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer.  Far-right militia groups played a key role in organizing the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and have since celebrated the attack as a victory and used it to recruit new members.

 

The hearing will examine the rise of militia violent extremists (MVEs), as well as the large overlap between several militia groups with current and former law enforcement officials and the threat this poses to public safety and the rule of law.  Domestic terrorism experts estimate that at least a quarter of militia members across the country may be military veterans or active service members.

 

The hearing will also discuss why illegal paramilitary activity by militias is not protected by the Second Amendment as MVEs argue, and why it requires an aggressive response from all federal and local government and law enforcement.

 

WHAT:  

 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing entitled “Confronting Violent White Supremacy (Part V):  Examining the Rise of Militia Extremism”

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m.
 

WHO:    

 

The Honorable Gurbir Grewal
New Jersey Attorney General 

 

Mary McCord
Legal Director, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection
Georgetown University

 

Peter Simi
Associate Professor of Sociology
Chapman University

 

Mike Gonzalez (minority witness)

Senior Fellow

The Heritage Foundation

 

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.

 

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117th Congress