GOAL: To make people aware that hate crimes are a growing issue, that they are happening amongst many groups and that punishments for hate crimes should be made stricter.



BLOG # 1: HATE CRIMEStumblr_lj808a4bkg1qb6t6wo1_500.jpg

My interest in the topic of hate crimes stems from a long line of things and different issues dealing with race, religion, sexual orientation and many other things that I have read stories about as well as watched in local/national news . Hate crimes are happening everywhere, in all ages and all different types of people it does not discriminate while the motives for the crimes committed are driven by discrimination. personally feel very strongly connected to this public policy issue because I withhold a large group of friends of all different races/ ethnicities as well as religion and sexual orientation. I believe that people should not be judged, harassed, or have injuries inflicted upon them simply because they are "different" and because there are still those who feel they are superior to others and let their prejudices drive them to commit hate crimes. We now live in a world where we should not be subjected to hate simply because of the person we are, hate crimes are unacceptable and those who commit them I feel indefinitely should be punished.


BLOG #2:HATE CRIMES, A RELIGIOUS MATTER TOO!

Hate crimes are no longer just a matter of Black and White like they may have been considered to be during times where the KKK was still a prominent and major issue. Hate crimes have spread to every aspect possible ranging from race all the way to sexism. In this article I obtained from the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation.) the matter of religion is brought up. A man by the name of Henry Clay Glaspell, of Arlington, Texas, pleaded guilty today to a hate crime charge stemming from the ethnically motivated arson of a children’s playground at the Dar El-Eman Islamic Center in Arlington in July 2010.Glaspell admitted that he set fire to playground equipment at the mosque as part of a series of ethnically motivated acts directed at individuals of Arab or Middle Eastern descent associated with the mosque. Glaspell further admitted that he stole and damaged mosque property, threw used cat litter at the front door of the mosque, and shouted racial or ethnic slurs at individuals of Arab or Middle Eastern descent at the mosque on multiple occasions.

This type of hate crime seriously outrages me to no end! I believe that EVERYONE has the right to practice/ exercise their own personal beliefs and if they have a designated area such as a mosque that is considered spiritual to them and considered sacred then it is no one’s right to damage and set fire to those special things, it’s honestly disgusting to me that we live in a world where there are still people that feel they hold supremacy to others based off the sole fact that they share a different religion/ ethnicity.




Source: http://www.fbi.gov/dallas/press-releases/2011/dl022311.htm


President Obama speaking out about Racial/ Religious Hate Crimes: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xaz4iq_protection-against-religious-and-ra_news


BLOG #3: LOVE IS LOVE


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Gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexuals are often heavy targets for hate crimes. In the article link I have posted below there are many stories and cases shared that I find to be absolutely mind blowing and horrific. Stories of a lesbian woman being gang raped by 4 men due to sexual orientation, a transgendered man being beaten by a man who belonged to a white supremacist / homosexual group; frankly I find it extremely sad. Can you believe that there are some states that still as of 2012 have no laws against hate crimes? 45 states have laws protecting people against these crimes with the exclusion of Arkansas, Indiana, Wyoming, Georgia, and South Carolina, Amazing right? It’s my hopes that the states who do not currently have hate crime laws will get them in order to sto

p people's hatred from turning into violence and that the laws they do create will punish people hard enough that it will deter this type of behavior from happening as



Source: http://www.civilrights.org/publications/hatecrimes/lgbt.html

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BLOG #4: BEATINGS, BURNINGS, BRUTALITY OH MY! UNDERSTANDING HATE CRIMES DEFINITION...

November 11th, 2011 in New York, New York on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, when Hitler’s Nazis launched a pogrom against Jews in Germany and Austria, four cars were burned with the a "KKK" symbol spray painted on the sides of one of the cars as well as numerous swastikas. This IS in definitely a form of a hate crime although no one was beaten and it was just forms of vandalism; these too can be considered a hate crime and definitely is punishable by law.
What many people fail to realize about hate crimes is that it doesn't always have to take on the same form of a beating. Hate crimes can also be defined as vandalism (including arson) as well as something more simple such as harassment, any form of these of these things motivated by ones hate is considered a hate crime. It's scary to me that this type of crime is happeninging right in our backyard and that so many people actually get away with it. This article showed me and gave me a more clear understanding that a hate crime does not always have to be physical it can be destructive to property and verbal .


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BLOG #5: STORY BEHIND THE FAGBUG

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I know you've seen it! Your driving around the capital region and and there it is a bright rainbow Volkswagen beetle with the words "Fagbug" written on the sides. I'm sure that you've probably wondered what the meaning behind this flamboyant car really is, I'm here to tell you...
The idea of the first Fagbug designed Volkswagen actually originated as a result of a hate crime that was committed right here in our own capital region, specifically downtown Albany. A lesbian woman by the name of Erin Davies woke up one morning in 2008 to discover that her Volkswagen beetle had been vandalized with red spray paint, the words "U R GAY" and "FAG" were in-scripted on the drivers side of her vehicle. This was the direct action taken by a person(s) who were homophobic and anti-gay; the destruction of her property is a hate crime and it was believed to be motivated because of a rainbow sticker displayed on the victims car.
After being the target of a hate crime Erin decided that she needed to do something about it.Erin chose to embrace what happened to her and decided to take her car now known as the "Fagbug" on a 58-day trip around the united states and Canada with the words "fag" displayed on it in order to raise awareness and also as a way to learn about the experiences others had with more serious hate crime

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Source: http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2008/04/30/remember-fagbug


BLOG #6: MATTHEW SHEPARD & JAMES BYRD,JR. HATE CRIMES PREVENTION ACT






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The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act stems from the two horrific stories of the two males above. James Byrd, Jr the victim of a white supremacists hate crime, he was drug behind a pick up truck by 3 white males in Jasper, Texas in 1998 where the 3 men drove around hitting rocks and other large objects on the road eventually severing his right arm and head causing his fatal death. Matthew Shepard a gay male was brutally beaten, pistol whipped and tied to a fence and left for dead by 2 males who were homophobic, once again the victim of a horrific hate crime.
The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act was created as a result of these two mens deaths and led to the signing of a bill into a law to make these types of crimes illegal by President Obama in October of 2009. The new law declared that it is a federal crime to assault an individual based off his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.
This was the first major step towards cracking down and forming more strict punishments against people who commit Hate Crimes. I believe that this new law is 100% necessary and will hopefully prevent future hate crimes from happening or at least deter this type of hateful behavior.

BLOG #7:HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN
The Human Rights Campaign is a campaign that is specifically for the protection and justice of GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) and also for the overall protection of human rights. The really cool thing about the website who's link you can find just a little further down the page, is that they too have a blog directly on their main site. I was reading some of their blog over and found that they blogged about all sorts of things from advocates for an "Equality Talk" they wanted to have as well as celebrities and people making a mark and standing up for equal rights for same sex couples...They even went on to blog about a contestant ready to compete in the Miss Universe Canada who happens to be transgendered I found this really intriguing and also really remarkable and brave that a person was standing up and attempting to do this, could be the gateway to more changes..who knows??

Transgendered Contestant Article: http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/transgender-contestant-ready-to-compete-for-miss-universe-canada

Source: http://www.hrc.org/issues/hate-crimes


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BLOG #8:-HATE CRIMES CONCLUSION-
Hopefully over the course of reading my blog you can now see that hate crimes happen to a variety of different people, different races, different genders etc. and hate crimes don't take on just the form of brutality but many forms ranging from simple harassment to brutality and vandalism. In my previous blog #6 about the two men who were brutally killed as a result of two different hateful motivations one being racism the other homophobia it's my hopes that because of these two men who inspired the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and led to the signing of a bill into a law by President Obama in October 2009 that this first small step will lead to a whole staircase of justice for hate crime victims and create harsher and more distinct laws for this type of crime...
In my last blog I wanted to take the opportunity to post pictures of brutal hate crimes and video links for things such as hate crimes, hate crime prevention etc. in order to leave you with one last impression and show you why you need to be concerned with this growing issue..I'd say enjoy but it's not very enj
oyable so....uhhhh scroll on!

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Link...Speaker on Hate Crimes Prevention Act: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBc4CCIYqbM