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Robert Doggart won’t face terrorism charges for plotting to burn down a NY mosque

  • Robert Doggart, 65, was arrested for plotting to attack and burn down a mosque, school and cafeteria in a predominant Muslim community in upstate New York in April 2015.
  • On Tuesday, less than one year since his arrest, the New York Daily News reported that Doggart won’t face terrorism charges for his plot. 
  • Doggart faces “one count of solicitation to commit arson, one count of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation and two counts of threat in interstate commerce.”
  • Why won’t he face terrorism charges? The United States does not have a federal statute on domestic terrorism. 
  • According to Rafia Zakaria, a human rights attorney, federal statutes on terrorism are — ironically — designed in language to deliberately criminalize foreign suspects.
  • The U.S. federal law statute on terrorism almost entirely targets individuals with foreign ties or alliances. Read more (2/14/17 3:27 PM)

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Thanks, Obama

A list of the amazing things Obama did for the United States of America in his eight years as president:

- He provided health care for those in need, including expanding health care for children;

- He made America a safer place, with more jobs;

- He created a better economy, with opportunities for all Americans;

- He ended two wars;

- He made it easier for students to get loans;

- He created laws, helping those in need after the recession; 

- He increased the support for veterans;

- He gave women the right to stand up against discrimination at work;

- He introduced two women to the Supreme Court, including the first Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court;

- He passed environmental laws, including renewable energy laws;

- He ‘killed’ several plans that would cost billions and would gain nothing;

- He actually started working towards ending hate crime, by expanding the laws to sexual orientation, gender, or disability, in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin;

- He payed minority farmers, including Native American and black farmers, $4.6 billion in settlements after they were cheated out of a lot of money and natural resources by the government;

- He ensured better relations between the United States and Cuba;

- HE HELPED LEGALISE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, which is a huge deal;

- He joined the fight against terrorism, ISIL, in the Middle East; 

- He funded Planned Parenthood, which has saved many lives.

Thanks, Obama!

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People are crying: It's not because they lost a race
People of color, women, LGBT people have long been marginalized and the violence and rhetoric faced this year terrifies many.

More than 200 hate incidents — ranging from swastika graffiti to physical threats — have been reported across the country since Donald Trump’s election, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit that monitors hate groups in the USA.

Now many people of color, women and LGBT people who have long faced threats large and small must grapple with the knowledge that half of their fellow American voters elected someone who has advocated policies aimed at them: Keeping Muslims and Mexicans out of the country, using police tactics considered racially biased such as stop-and-frisk, and grabbing women without consent.

They are part of the other half of American voters, many of whom wept on election night and since, crying not because their horse in the race lost but because they fear for their safety and well-being.

Hillary worked on HIV/AIDS medicine for gays as First Lady, adding LGBTQ to hate crime laws as New York Senator, and passed the first ever U.N. resolution on gay rights as Secretary of State. But tell me more about how you want to demonize her for being against gay marriage when Obama, Biden, and Bernie were all against it, too.

Sexism is alive and well in the USA.

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Nigerian Man Who Fled Boko Haram Beaten To Death In Italy Defending His Wife
A Nigerian man who had recently fled to Europe to escape Boko Haram militants was beaten to death on the streets of Italy this week as he tried to defend his wife against racist abuse. Emmanuel Chidi Namdi, 36, and his wife Chimiary, 24, were walking through the north-central Italian town of Fermo on Tuesday when a man called Chimiary a “monkey” and tried to grab her, according to local priest Vinicio Albanesi, a friend of the couple.Namdi intervened, and the resulting fight left him in a coma. He was pronounced dead on Wednesday.

Utterly sad story

I'm sorry

I’m sorry that people are too scared to leave their homes

I’m sorry that this hate is so overpowering that you actually fear for your safety

I’m sorry that it’s 2016 and things like this still occur

I’m sorry that this month of pride has turned into fear

I’m sorry that 50 people lost their lives for being who they are

I’m sorry that over 50 families have had their lives turned upside down because some homophobic fuck thinks it’s okay to murder.

I’m so fucking sorry.

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Lawmakers will introduce a #BlueLivesMatter bill for NY tomorrow, making assault of a police officer a hate crime.

“It’s based on this climate in this country right now where police officers are being abused and they’re being disrespected, and we’re seeing they have a target on their back, in Louisiana and in Dallas. You can envision this happening at a protest, where somebody might throw a rock or a bottle or a punch.” ~ Ronald Castorina, a Staten Island Republican

This is a joke, right? and it’s not a hate crime to keep shooting blacks… If we’ve learned anything these last few years it’s that police officers already have too many protections. They are not our overlords.

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Hillary Clinton declared in her historic speech on the world stage: “Gay rights are Human rights.”

In this speech, Hillary outlines what she did for LGBTQ people around the world. Her implementations as Secretary of State has made it safer to be LGBTQ in a world of so much hate.

Hillary has also worked with the Human Rights Campaign on hate crime laws and HIV/AIDS as New York Senator. Hillary was the first First Lady to march in a gay pride parade.

Curious why Hillary was asked to speak at the Human Rights Campaign and not Bernie? Watch her speech:

Hillary has known the Human Rights Campaign President since her days as First Lady of Arkansas. Hillary has been building coalitions for decades.

As New York Senator, Hillary fought for stronger hate crime laws and anti-discrimination laws. As Secretary of State, Hillary enacted lifesaving policies and programs that saved LGBTQ people around the globe.

How I Survived Growing up Gay in the Bible Belt

In light of the anti-LGBT laws, here’s my essay on growing up gay in the South with the fear of hate crimes. These anti-LGBT laws are opening the door to acceptable hate and intolerance. Children should NOT have to endure the same battles we, the LGBTQ community, faced growing up. They deserve the promise of a better tomorrow. It is up to us to give it to them.

The rock was the size of an egg. It sailed from the little boy’s hand and struck me against the leg. Momentarily stunned, I squinted at the boy.

“Faggot!” he called across the park as he threw another one. People were staring. Sweat beaded my brow. My heartbeat skidded. There I was, twenty-three years old at-the-time, and terrified of my secret being made known. How the little boy knew, I couldn’t tell you. I shook my head and laughed at his absurdity as I forced myself to walk, not run, away. Not drawing attention to myself was the first rule of survival. That’s what I learned growing up gay in the South.

I hail from a small Alabama town on Sand Mountain where the Bible Belt is buckled too tightly for comfort. My childhood consisted of Southern Baptist church service and the overwhelming desire to impress the popular guy in the youth ministry. Elementary school opened the door to bullying. My glasses were stolen, hair pulled, and self-esteem shattered by a 2nd grade substitute who called me a sissy. I didn’t understand what the older kids meant by gay or when they asked if I was a girl. I was always the target in the game of “smear the queer” at recess. The name calling only increased with time, and junior high brought forth the hilarious joke: If you were on a bus full of faggots, would you get off?

Hormones and old copies of Men’s Health made known the fact something was different about me. Scorched in my memory is the teary-eyed reflection of my overweight body, Nick Carter hairstyle, and hands balled into fists. Between punches to the gut, I’d questioned God, but I never received an answer. I was scared. My peers preached fire and brimstone of the homosexual’s demise, and again, I would turn to God. I asked for my sin to be taken away but was left waiting in vain. I began to lose the one thing in which I sought solace—my religion. I had to learn how to survive on my own.

Four years of high school had felt like a death sentence. I was the funny, fat friend, and I became invisible underneath my disguise. I quietly watched as a fellow classmate (and football player) openly admitted to bisexuality, seeing firsthand the hell that ensued. Teachers, coaches, students—they were disgusted. So, farther into the closet I cowered. I hung pictures of bikini-clad women in my locker and pretended to crush on girls out of my league. I forced myself to laugh at the gay jokes at the lunchroom table. I was miserable. But I knew I would be even more so if I didn’t fit in.

When the last bell rang for the day, I could be myself. I watched reruns of Gilmore Girls and daydreamed about the redneck-football-player-heartthrob who would have beaten me to a bloody pulp if he had known. But as always, the guilt would start creeping in. I would reread one of the Harry Potter books to escape from it. Had it not been for J.K. Rowling, I would not have been strong enough to survive my teenage years.

Coming of age in the South warped my perception of the world. The right and wrong of Southern Baptist hypocrisy scared me. The peers I’d sat next in church were the same ones who drunkenly slang homophobic slurs. Even in the most idyllic settings, the fear of hate crimes had loomed over me. Hell, it still does.

When I started college, I let my guard down. I had my first sexual experience in a room full of Crimson Tide memorabilia and was left with more guilt than I could handle. Once I’d gotten into my car to leave, I broke into tears as I prayed, begging with a god who wasn’t listening.

Denial coursed through me as I transferred to Jacksonville State University. I tried to make it work with girls, but my brain could not—would not—go along with it. Between the surefire promise of eternal damnation and the moral values instilled within me, my strength began to wane. I sank into such a deep depression that I wanted to die. And so, I made plans for suicide.

I intended to crash my car. I wanted to burn in a fiery blaze. It felt appropriate given my life had been equally as painful. But I never made it to my car that night. Fate pulled me aside, and I came out of the closet.

Now, at age twenty-seven, I look back on that time of my life in awe. I survived. I still remember what darkness felt like. It serves as a reminder of the strength I had within. I grew stronger, and I’m still growing stronger with each passing day.

I suffered through the pain and came out as one hell of a fighter. While memories of that rural Alabama town and the clouded mentality of the South still haunt me, I know to continue fighting. If growing up gay in the Bible Belt has taught me anything, it’s that my survival relies upon one thing—the ability to survive myself.

You call it mental illness.

You call it “crazy.”

You call it terrorism.

You blame Muslims.

You blame everyone and everything but the real perpetrators to avoid talking about the issues.

There are currently 50 people dead and 53 people injured, according to the latest reports.

Don’t use this to promote your agendas. Don’t use it for anti-Islam and ableism. 

This is a hate crime. This is bullshit laws. This is homophobia. This is lack of security.

The two shootings in Orlando over the past two days are not your place for your agenda. Please. Say something respectful or say nothing at all.

THIS IS RIDICULOUS. ALL SIGNS POINT TO THIS BEING A HATE CRIME. 

He was called a terrorist. He was called Bin Laden. He was told to go back to his own country.  All signs point to this being a hate crime. 

Please reblog this post and PLEASE sign this petition to the DOJ and tell them to prosecute this under federal hate crime law immediately!!!! 

SIGN THIS PETITION.

Islamphobia should stop being denied and disregarded. Lets make an example out of this case. WE NEED JUSTICE FOR MUSLIMS.

The more cases like this go ignored and not labeled a hate crime the more our lives get put in danger. Islamophobia and hate crimes targeting muslims have increased every year since 9/11. The targeting of muslims have only been acknowledged by our own community but not by those who enforce the laws. GET THEM TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT. 

I always see shit calling hate crime laws “thought policing,” but it’s definitely not just that. It’s the fact that someone who commits a hate crime is more likely to reoffend. For example, if I kill Bob because he stole my watch, if I get out of jail someday, there’s only one Bob and he’s already gone. If I kill Bob because he’s Estonian and I think all Estonians should die, there will still be Estonians when I get out and there’s a not-small chance something else goes down. Murder is wrong in general (duh) but we already treat murder differently based on the motive. A crime of passion is punished less severely than premeditated murder, and attempting to be part of a genocide is–in my opinion, as well as that of the law–worse than either.

so as far as sentient evos go like,,, are there celebrity evos,,, like evo actors,,, like is there an online list somewhere out there in the gr universe of famous evos,, are there support groups for people who have lost family members bc of them going evo,,, ARE THERE SUPPORT GROUPS FOR EVOS,,, are tbhere any kind of laws protecting evos like i cant see killing someone whos an evo being considered a hate crime like are the laws and treatment of evos as fucked up as they are nowadays for oppressed people  wtf i cant stop thinking about this shit ARE THERE PEOPLE WHO OBSESS OVER EVOS SIMILAR TO HOW PEOPLE OBSESS OVER ZOMBIES LIKE A DARK MORBID INTEREST?? DO KIDS DRESS UP AS EVOS ON HALLOWEEN TO BE SCARY AND DO SOME PARENTS FROWN UPON IT?? ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC EVOS THAT HAVE GOTTEN A  LOT OF ATTENTION IN THE MEDIA TO THE POINT WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THEM?? ARE THERE STORIES/MOVIES ABOUT THEM???MY MIND IS REELING HELP

You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. That’s how prayer works.
—  Pope Francis. 👉🏽👉🏾 List of members of congress who voted against protecting gay people from hate crimes.: http://www.vox.com/2016/6/12/11912076/orlando-florida-mass-shooting-gay-hate-crime-law
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Canada proposes legislation to ban anti-trans discrimination across the country
New legislation would classify victimizing people because of their gender identity or gender expression as a hate crime.
By Ian Austen

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a sweeping move yesterday for transgender people: he introduced legislation that would protect transgender people from discrimination nationwide AND add trans people to the list of protected groups under hate crimes laws. 

The government’s proposals include changes to both the federal criminal code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. The changes to the criminal code will have a broader impact, because criminal law is solely a federal responsibility in Canada, while each province has its own human rights charter.

Current law makes it a crime to make “hate propaganda” against members of specific groups; the proposed legislation would add transgender people to the list. It would also oblige judges to consider in sentencing decisions whether crimes were caused by or aggravated because of discrimination against transgender people.

Though the federal human rights act applies only to citizens’ interactions with the federal government or with federally regulated industries like airlines and phone companies, Professor Cossman said that the proposed revisions would still bring significant changes, and that the federal government was “leading by example.”

During election season, Trudeau promised to do more for trans people, and he’s living up to that promise. This is amazing. 

Thinking today of the UpStairs Lounge arson attack. New Orleans, 1973. The Compton’s Cafeteria Riots. San Francisco, 1966. The Stonewall Riots. New York, 1969. The history of queer and trans people of color being under attack, surveillance, policing, death’s specter. The resistance and the joy we have always exhibited in the face of violence.

Thinking of the first time I was ever in a queer Latinx bar, the first time I danced to Selena with other queers, the first time I saw queers dancing cumbia, the first time I knew I didn’t know this is what home felt like until now. Houston, 2007.

Thinking of the last time I went to Pride and the apathy I feel towards it. Houston, 2009.

Being reminded of what this is about. That we have been alive and targeted and attacked and resisting and celebrating since before gun laws, before hate crime laws, before ISIS. While we are at a specific moment in history that will allow this reframing, misshaping, scapegoating of other Black and Brown communities, religious communities, global south communities in order to bolster and reignite the white supremacist agenda of our extinction under the guise of our safety, we have to remember that our presence is a product of and resistance to and threat to colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, the U.S. nation-state. We are constant reminders that these projects did not succeed, they are not completed and they will fall. That the vehicle this legacy is carried out through might change is irrelevant, a distraction, an attempt to divide racialized communities and erase queer Muslims (and athiest Arabs, and and and). Increased policing, more laws will not protect us, they are different heads of the same Hydra that cultivated this sentiment. And we have to resist this compulsion in the ways we have always, always resisted and fought back.

I am grieving the lives lost, the blood and chosen families broken, the lives irreparably altered. I am thinking of the queer and trans people of color who I love and have loved me, who have held me, shaped me, made it easy to forget that this is our reality. Thank you.

I am mourning. And I am remembering. And I am celebrating us.

Rest in power Orlando.