Support Hate Crimes Legislation

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Posted by Sadie from ? ( on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 at 1:49PM :


Support Hate Crimes Legislation
Contact Your Senators


On May 1, 2003, Senators Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), Gordon Smith
(R-Oregon), Arlen Specter (R-Pennsylvania), and several others
introduced the "Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act." The
bipartisan legislation is designed to end brutal, hate-motivated
violence by providing law enforcement with the ability to prosecute to
the fullest extent of the law all those who commit hate crimes. The
legislation would eliminate certain restrictions on federal
jurisdiction to investigate hate crimes. It also includes protections
based on sexual orientation, disability and gender to existing laws
that target violence because of race and religion and would


NAAA-ADC, the government affairs affiliate of ADC, strongly supports
Senate passage of the "Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act." NAAA-
ADC encourages to you voice your support for this hate crimes
legislation by contacting your Senators to encourage them to become
cosponsors and active supporters of the legislation. Tell your
Senators that it is past time for members of Congress to strengthen
our national response to heinous crimes.

By expanding the current hate crimes law, the "Local Law Enforcement
Enhancement Act" would provide increased protection for all Americans,
including Arab Americans, from being targets of hate crimes. The
legislation is a cornerstone for the civil rights community and joint
efforts to fight discrimination and promote civil rights. Passage of
the proposed legislation would strengthen the US civil rights
community and demonstrate ADC's solidarity with leading civil rights
groups as well as help protect the rights of all Americans against
discrimination, racism and hate.

Take Action:

To write to your Senators, visit: Together, we will
make a difference!

-- Sadie
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