Hate Crimes vs America

Thank you Pastor Otis Moss, III for this well articulated message against hate crimes as you also issue our call for advocacy! Much education and enforcement are still needed regarding hate crimes in our country! In the 2010 FBI report you mentioned, it shows that there were 6,600 hate crimes but due to under reporting, that number is suspected to be closer to 100,000! Almost 5,000 of those reported are crimes against persons and nearly 1/2 are “Intimidations”, over 1/3 are simple assaults, nearly 1/5 are aggravated assault and several are murders. Nearly 1/3 take place near homes. Other places included highways, schools, garages, etc but nearly 4% actually occurred in churches, synagogues or temples. Senator Durbin of Illinois chairs the “Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights”, and they recently held a hearing on these hate crimes. Some states have statutes that criminalizes interference with Religious Worship, such as California, Maryland, New York, Nevada, Tennessee, West Virginia. States such as Florida, Maryland, Maine and (DC) have hate crime laws for those violations against the homeless which had been increasing and are largely perpetrated by persons under 25! I agree with Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, “The Justice Department has done an exemplary job in adapting to and implementing the new law, but there is still more it can do….”
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

About Bren Martin

Brenda is an education advocate and has been an active leader in the schools, church and community. She is a National PTA Social Media Ambassador and was a Panelist on NBC's Education Nation in New York City, "Stepping Up: The Power of a Parent Advocate," for Parenting Magazine. Brenda was honored by the U. S. Department of Education and the White House as a “Champion of Change” for educational advocacy. She is Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress-Kentucky delegate and a recipient of Knowledge Universe-KinderCare’s Education Achievement Award! (See Parenting Magazine’s, “The Power and Potential of Parent Advocates,“ and one of Brenda’s articles, “Changing Us, Changes Them.“) Some of her services include: District PTA President and State PTA Board; Education Commissioner's Steering Committee for Teacher Effectiveness. She is a former regional President, Gifted Education; Summer Camp Creator/Director; Church Youth Director; Vacation Bible School Director; Prichard Committee’s Commonwealth of Institute for Parent Leadership (CIPL) Fellow; School Based Decision Making; Employability Skills Consultant to prison & colleges; Television Special host and more. Also, Follow Brenda on Twitter @bdrumartin. Disclaimer: Use sites, blogs, information or links at your own risk.
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