LatinoJustice PRLDEF and National Organizations, Petition Senate Judiciary Committee to Investigate Hate Group & Hate Crimes in US

August 27, 2012
Contact: John Garcia (212) 739-7513 jgarcia@latinojustice.org

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, along with the Southern Poverty Law Center, National Council of La Raza, and other national organizations recently requested for the Senate Judiciary Committe to urgently conduct a hearing on the need to address hate crimes and the proliferation of hate groups in the U.S.

During the last month alone, six worshippers at a Sikh Gurdwara in Wisonsin were massacred by an attacker with known ties to hate groups.

Specifically, hate crimes based on anti-Hispanic bias accounted for nearly 67% of ethnically motivated crimes in 2010. Underreporting may be compounded by policies and political rhetoric (in support of broadscale racial profiling, for example) that could make hate crime victims apprehensive about immigration and law enforcement authorities.

Approximately ten Islamic institutions with Muslim communities in sevent states have experienced attacks including vandalism, a suspicious burning, shootings and the desecration of religious sanctuaries.

The Jewish community continues to experience bias attacks, accounting for 65% of all religiously motivated hate crimes documented by the FBI in 2010.

Although African Americans made up only 12.4% of the US population in 2010, they accounted for 70% of all racially motivated hate crimes that year.

Given the persistence of hate crimes and the proliferation of hate groups, we believe that a hearing is both timely and necessary.

You can help make this happen by signing our petition.

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