Diverse Organization Hold Press Conference After Senate Hate Crimes Hearing

Diverse Orga­ni­za­tions Hold Press Con­fer­ence After Sen­ate Hate Crimes Hear­ing | PDF

For Imme­di­ate Release:
Sep­tem­ber 19, 2012

Today, the Sen­ate Judi­cia­ry Sub­com­mit­tee on the Con­sti­tu­tion, Civ­il Rights, and Human Rights, chaired by Sen­a­tor Dick Durbin (D‑IL), will hold a hear­ing on “Hate Crimes and The Threat Domes­tic Extrem­ism” in the Hart Sen­ate Office Build­ing Room 216 at 2:30 p.m. Fol­low­ing the hear­ing today, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from civ­il rights and inter­faith orga­ni­za­tions will hold a brief press con­fer­ence. Over 200 com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers are expect­ed to attend the hear­ing, which comes in the wake of the trag­ic, hate-moti­vat­ed shoot­ings at a Sikh gur­d­wara in Oak Creek, Wis­con­sin that killed six peo­ple. Sad­ly, since Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001, South Asians, Arab Amer­i­cans, Sikhs and Mus­lims have endured pro­fil­ing, dis­crim­i­na­tion, and hate vio­lence at unprece­dent­ed lev­els. “As his­to­ry has proven, the high­est lev­els of gov­ern­ment can be very effec­tive in set­ting a frame­work to pre­vent hate crimes and the threats posed by vio­lent extrem­ists,” says Deepa Iyer, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er. “The lead­er­ship of our gov­ern­ment was cru­cial to counter the cri­sis that emerged dur­ing the attacks on African Amer­i­can church­es in the 1990s. We are at a sim­i­lar moment in his­to­ry now and we, as a soci­ety, need the gov­ern­ment to assist us in mov­ing for­ward towards a safer Amer­i­ca.” Read more about SAALT’s pol­i­cy asks on our State­ment for the Record, sub­mit­ted to the Sen­ate Judi­cia­ry Com­mit­tee. Please join us for this time­ly and impor­tant hear­ing, as well as the press con­fer­ence that fol­lows so that we can begin a dia­logue on these issues.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Nas­reen Hosein at nasreen@saalt.org, (301) 270‑1855, or Deepa Iyer at deepa@saalt.org, (301) 270‑1855. This event will be tweet­ed from @SAALTweets using #anti­hate.