FCNL Supports Anti-Hate Crime Bills Introduced By Sen. Blumenthal And Rep. Beyer

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Summary
  • “American Muslims, members of the Jewish community, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, and other marginalized groups will not experience true freedom or equality until they are free from the constant threat of attack.”
  • Taeb stated that “a government that fails to protect its own residents from hate crimes is clearly negligent” and urged all members of Congress to support Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Beyer’s legislation.
  • Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Beyer’s legislation, entitled the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act, would strengthen governmental responses to hate crimes on the federal and state levels by improving reporting, creating a hate crimes hotline, strengthening education and community service requirements for perpetrators, and making it easier for victims to seek justice in the courts.
  • Cosponsors of Sen. Blumenthal’s bill (S. 662) include Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
  • In the House, cosponsors of Rep. Beyer’s bill (H.R. 1566) include Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), William Keating (D-MA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Jared Polis (D-CO), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Adam Smith (D-WA), James McGovern (D-MA), and Bobby Rush (D-IL).
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Author

Rebecca Harris
Friends Committee on National Legislation
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