Help stop hate crimes

Senator Ted Kennedy is looking for stories about hate crimes to reinforce his argument for passing the Matthew Shepard Act.

According to the FBI, there were 9,000 hate crime victims in 2005. Are you one of them? Do you know one of them?

“Hate crimes based on race, religion or ethnic background are covered by the law — but gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability are not. That’s wrong. As a matter of conscience, we as a nation must make sure that all Americans are protected from such violence,” pleaded Sen. Kennedy.

You can let Sen. Kennedy know how the lack of federal protection for gay hate crime victims has affected you by visiting Stop the Hate and sharing your story.

“This bipartisan proposal will expand the definition of hate crimes to include crimes based on gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. It will also enable the Justice Department to assist state and local law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes. It will provide grants to help states and local governments meet the extraordinary expenses involved in hate crime cases,” Kennedy said.

Tell the Democratic Majority how necessary it is to pass the Matthew Shepard Act.

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