Tell Congress to Act! Pass the Hate Crimes Prevention Bill!
Contact Your Representative Today.
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality,
and eats away its vital unity. Martin Luther
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled
to vote on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention
Act of 2017, H.R. 1592. This legislation would strengthen
existing federal hate crime laws by authorizing the Department
of Justice to assist local authorities with investigating
and prosecuting certain bias-motivated crimes.
The bill would also provide authority for the federal government
to prosecute violent bias-motivated crimes directed against
individuals on the basis of their disability, gender or
sexual orientation and it would provide money to states
to develop hate crime prevention programs.
Currently, the federal government is allowed to intervene
in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes in very
limited cases. Under this legislation, state and local authorities
would continue to investigate and prosecute the majority
of hate crimes cases. However, federal authorities could
pursue these cases when state and local authorities are
unable or unwilling to act.
Violence on the basis of hate is widespread and affects
not only the attacked, but the community at large. When
one of us is assaulted for who we are as individuals, its
a threat to our own humanity.
Please call your Representative this week and urge him or
her to support passage of H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement
Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The number to the Capitol
Switchboard is (202) 225-3121.
PLEASE SEND THIS ACTION ALERT TO YOUR COLLEAGUES, COMMUNITY
LEADERS, AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BAR.
Public Policy Counsel
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
1401 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005