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Today Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and LEAD Fund Release Report on College Campus Hate Crimes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 22, 2019 Washington, DC – According to government data, hate crimes on college campuses have increased 25% from 2015 – 2016. Hate groups have taken to recruiting members on college campuses – spreading messages of hate intended to provoke fear and division. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Fund for Leadership, Equity, Access and Diversity (LEAD) Fund partnered to conduct a study to better understand what is unfolding on college and university campuses. Through a survey of higher education equal opportunity professionals,

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Sends Letter to Roosevelt Union Free School District Regarding Noose Incident

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2019 Washington, D.C. – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a letter to Roosevelt Union Free School District responding to a recent incident in which pictures of nooses were displayed on school property. The letter called for a swift response and clarified the school district’s obligations under federal civil rights law to provide an environment that allows for equal educational opportunities for all students. Late last week, the public learned that a collage showing a set of nooses was

The Unspoken Conversation around the Liam Neeson Controversy

By: Rebecca Amadi After a friend was sexual assaulted, Liam Neeson admitted that he spent a week looking for any Black man to provoke him into a fight to justify killing him. Many can understand the desire for revenge in honor of a loved one. Indeed, Neeson has built a career on such stories, thrilling audiences as they cheer on his character’s righteous rage. However, this real-to-life story is seeded in a more insidious thought process that captures a

Five things you can do to support your community and combat hate.

The past two weeks have been devastating. From Kentucky to Pennsylvania, we saw a tremendous loss of life fueled by hate-motivated violence that demonstrates what we know all too well — hate hurts. From a grandfather shopping with his grandson to worshipers spending their Saturday morning at their neighborhood Synagogue — lives were tragically and violently cut short, all because of the color of their skin or the religion they practice. These violent acts of racism and anti-Semitism come at a time when we

UBUNTU: Active Equity

The Stop Hate Project partnered with UBUNTU Research & Evaluation, LLC to host workshops in three cities. The workshops were designed to support participants in the co-development of a dignity-based framework for policy and/or practice. The framework was used to assess organizational progress toward creating and sustaining equitable communities internally and externally.  The framework as a whole is aimed at uncovering implicit bias, hate, and prejudice in a way that allows for personal and organizational change leading

Change The Terms

Although the internet has connected people and created new communities, it has also given new tools to those who want to hatefully threaten, defame, or attack people different from themselves. White supremacists and other organizations engaged in these sorts of hateful activities use social media and other major tech platforms to mobilize, fundraise, and normalize racism, sexism, bigotry, and xenophobia. In the past few years, hate activity online has grown significantly as the “alt-right” emerged from the shadows. While most tech

Lawyers’ Committee Statement on Proposal to Redefine Gender Under Title IX

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement in response to recent reports that the Trump administration is seeking to establish a narrow definition of sex under Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972 that would exclude transgender people – as well as excluding non-binary, gender-fluid, ace, and other people from important civil rights protections that prevent discrimination on the basis of sex.

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Not In Our Town Launch Stop Hate Action Kits to Help Communities and Schools Respond to Hate and Bias Incidents

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Not In Our Town Launch Stop Hate Action Kits to Help Communities and Schools Respond to Hate and Bias Incidents FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 WASHINGTON, D.C. –  In response to the dangerous rise in bias incidents and hate violence, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and Not In Our Town (NIOT) joined together to launch online guides for local communities to stand against hate and take positive, ongoing action to

Resources for Communities Targeted by Hate

The Stop Hate Project was launched in March 2017 to help combat the surge in hate crimes by strengthening the capacity of communities to combat hate. We do so by connecting individuals and organizations with resources in their local communities and develop content to fill identified resource gaps. Below are some of our most frequently used resources that were developed to assist individuals and organizations who are confronted by hate.  “Targeted by hate?”  is a