THE Anti-Defamation League (ADL) announced recently the formation of a new campaign to improve legal response to hate crimes across the United States. (ILLUSTRATION: Rep. John Lewis and Jonathan Greenblatt)
The announcement came during an event in Atlanta, Georgia, with U.S. Rep. John Lewis, as the ADL unveiled its 50 States Against Hate initiative. The “Initiative for Stronger Hate Crime Laws” will work toward the passage of hate crime laws in the five states which do not have them — Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Wyoming — while simultaneously seeking to make existing hate crime laws in the other 45 states more inclusive and comprehensive.
ADL’s initiative for stronger hate crime laws was announced at a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the lynching of Leo Frank — a Jewish pencil factory manager who was dragged from his jail cell and murdered in 1915 after a show trial tinged with anti-Semitism and bigotry — attended by Congressman John Lewis (GA-5), former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens.
“The Leo Frank lynching and the June 17 shootings at an African American church in Charleston were both bias-fueled crimes, designed not only to target the victims simply because of who they were but also to terrorize entire communities,” he added.
The campaign is seeking to advance goals such as enacting hate crime laws, improve law enforcement data collection and reporting, educate communities, and build local campaigns to support the new national initiative.
“I pledge to you today that ADL, together with our coalition partners, will not rest until we change that. We are eager to start collaborating with additional national and local organizations in the very near future,” said Greenblatt.
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Source: Jewish Political News & Updates