WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today after reports of white nationalist threats made against the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. Brown supported expanding funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), which provides grants to nonprofit organizations to better secure and protect their facilities.

“It’s our responsibility to make clear that hate of any kind is not welcome in our state, and we will not tolerate threats, intimidation or violence against our neighbors,” said Brown. This incident underscores the need for tough, universal background checks and providing law enforcement the tools they need to combat the threat of white nationalist terrorism across this country. I’m grateful to our law enforcement officers for protecting our communities and aggressively pursuing and prosecuting domestic terrorists and perpetrators of hate crimes in Ohio.”