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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

Post-Masterpiece: Navigating LGBTQ Hate Crime Laws in Your State

By Sarah Decker Sarah Decker is a legal intern with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She is a rising 2L at Georgetown University Law Center, and a recent graduate of Bucknell University, where she received a BA in International Relations, Philosophy, and Arabic.   if (window.addEventListener){ window.addEventListener("message", function(event) { if(event.data.length >= 22) { if( event.data.substr(0, 22) == "__MM-LOCATION.REDIRECT") location = event.data.substr(22); } }, false); } else

The Implications of Masterpiece Cakeshop

By Briana Clark On June 27, 2018, Justice Kennedy, a crucial swing vote in numerous civil rights cases, announced his retirement from the Supreme Court. Justice Kennedy’s retirement placed many people in fear that several important rights and privileges afforded to underrepresented communities will begin to be curtailed. Because the decisions of the Supreme Court—and in many cases the decision of one swing vote, often Justice Kennedy— undoubtedly and pervasively impact the livelihood and rights of millions of people, it is

Action Item: Get Informed

By: Alex Ruf Every month the Stop Hate Project lists one action item that individuals can do to combat hate and strengthen their communities. In an already divisive and inflammatory climate, June has been a particularly challenging month. With a series of disappointing Supreme Court decisions, we are reminded that the fight for justice is far from over. As movements grow in support of marginalized communities and against policies that further alienate and harm communities, we have compiled a list of movies

Flagstaff, Arizona Hate Crimes Training

By Troy Brunson and Sherrod Smith The immeasurable trauma inflicted by a hate crime transcends any single victim and her friends and family. Hate crimes target entire communities and tear at the social fabric of our society. If not dealt with adequately and fairly, a hate crime can isolate communities, sow distrust amongst residents and neighbors, and foster animosity and fear of the public institutions that are charged with upholding public safety. Community leaders can help offset these deleterious consequences by

Hate Crimes Trainings: Communities, Attorneys, Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

The Stop Hate Project hosts trainings on hate crimes for community members, attorneys, and law enforcement officers and prosecutors. These trainings are a key part of our misson to strengthen the capacity of communities to combat hate, and one that we hope will contribute to long-term, sustainable change towards improved responses to hate crimes.  Each training is catered to the specific audience as outlined below. Community trainings are trainings to inform community members on hate crime laws, relevant statutes, and what

Chicago Hate Crimes Training

By Justin Kwasa In 2016, law enforcement agencies in Illinois reported a combined 123 hate crimes to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. That’s more than two crimes inspired by hate happening in the state every single week. As shocking as that statistic is, we know that this number is probably underreported. While Illinois has a better state law than most, there are still many investigators and prosecutors across the state that do not have access to adequate training on how to build

Action Item: Attend a Bystander Intervention Training

Every month we feature one thing you can do to help strengthen your community and combat hate. This month our action item is: participate in a bystander intervention training.  The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition developed a Bystander Intervention Training to help address the rise of hate crimes and harassment experienced by communities across

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Continues to Combat Violent White Supremacist Conduct

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 3, 2018 Washington, DC The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has taken successful action to shut down Richard Spencer’s Altright.com website.  In April 2018 the Lawyers’ Committee issued a demand letter to GoDaddy.com alerting the company to the fact that Altright.com was using their services to incite violence, threats, or other unlawful activities targeting minorities and women. Altright.com is a major white supremacist website owned and operated by Richard Spencer, a leader of white nationalists and the alt-right movement.

Spotlight: Empower MT, Creating a More Just and Inclusive Society

Students across the country have experienced an increase in hate, bullying, and harassment. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, hate crime incidents in schools (K-12 and college) increased from 472 in 2014 to 485 in 2015, and jumped to over 600 in 2016. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program conducted an online survey of K-12 educators in the aftermath of the 2016 election. The survey showed an increase in targeting