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CAIR WA Action Alert: Urge State Legislators to Support Hate Crimes Protection Reform
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Washington (CAIR-WA), a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is calling upon the Washington State Legislature to pass legislation reforming the identification and response to hate crimes. This bill, filed as HB 1732, forges a comprehensive approach to addressing hate crimes by bringing together diverse groups and organizations, educating the public, and improving cooperation and response with the justice system. It has already passed the House and is now in the Senate.

This legislation will bring Washington in line with almost every other state by recognizing hate crimes by their true name, rather than as “malicious harassment.” The bill also updates the list of circumstances that prosecutors can consider inferring whether a crime was motivated by hate or bias, such as defacement of religious property with words or symbols derogatory to that religion. The bill also directs the Attorney General to establish a hate crimes advisory group to conduct public education campaigns, collaborate to find approaches to increase reporting of hate crimes, and support victims of hate crimes.

CAIR-WA strongly believes this legislation is necessary now more than ever. In recent years, there has been a stark increase in hate crimes nationwide, and our office has recorded an increase in anti-Muslim bias incidents and crimes over the last several years. We urge our state to show leadership and support for their Muslim community and all targeted communities by passing comprehensive hate crimes legislation and displaying a sustainable commitment to improving reporting and supporting victims.

CAIR-WA asks you to show support for this bill by asking your state Senators to vote YES on HB 1732.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.  

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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