To the Journal editor:
The American Association of University Women of Michigan has released a statement on domestic terrorism:
“Federal and state officials in Michigan recently announced domestic terrorism, conspiracy and weapons charges against 14 men accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
“AAUW of Michigan believes that all people deserve to feel safe in their homes, in their communities, and in their country. Safety is a civil and human right without which society cannot thrive and democracy cannot function.
“Key elements of a democracy include the protection of the human rights of all citizens and a rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.
“To guarantee equality, individual rights, and social justice for a diverse and inclusive society, AAUW advocates for freedom from violence and freedom from fear of violence, including hate crimes in homes, schools, workplaces, and communities.
“The AAUW of Michigan stands in solidarity with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and condemns the actions of anyone who would plot to kidnap, try, and execute the governor. In a democratic society, there is no place for extra-judicial action or the promulgation of violence or hate.”